N. Carroll boys boast strong returnees South Carroll girls led by 4-year doubles team of Tamburo-Wachter


Every team in the Carroll County tennis circuit has something to build on this season.

The North Carroll boys have the most, with just about everyone returning, including defending county doubles champs Brian Mayle and Derek Easter.

Westminster boys coach Fran McCullin is comforted by the fact he has the defending county tournament singles champ, junior Steve Flora, at No. 1 singles.

On the girls side, the South Carroll team of Carrie Tamburo and Sara Wachter are playing together for the fourth year. Westminster first-year coach Ray Hollinger replaces Ken Shook, who last year won his fifth county title in his 10 years of coaching.

Francis Scott Key played some of its best tennis last year with the boys winning their first county title under first-year coach Derrick Hess and the girls 10-3 under seventh-year coach Donna Baker. Erik Koeppen was 9-4 last season at No. 2 singles and makes the jump up to No. 1 this season. Baker is counting on her senior singles players, No. 1 Karen McKenzie and No. 2 Denise Reaver, to help pull the Eagles through.

The Liberty boys will rely on their depth, led by senior JasonMcDermott, who is in his fourth varsity season.

On the girls side, coach Bruce X Damasio has some talented young players.

All that's needed now is some good spring weather to get the season into full gear. The majority of the teams already have had a number of matches postponed due to the rainy weather.

The North Carroll boys appear to be the team to beat in the county. Along with his top doubles team, second-year coach Mike Klingenberg has his No. 1 and No. 2 singles players back in Dave Nowicki and Jim Ellis. Junior Shawn Martin and Bobby Watson are also back at No. 2 doubles.

"We're pretty solid top to bottom, but we're not going to dominate anywhere," Klingenberg said. "If teams have certain weaknesses, we're going to look to exploit them."

Damasio believes his Liberty boys are on the upswing after a couple of tough seasons.

"We made a real good run for about a decade before we crashed," he said. "We were rebuilding in '94 and '95 and the kids have some experience and are playing well. Maybe now it's our turn. Our strength is our depth. We have no outstanding players, but no weak players either. Everyone's about the same."

McCullin has Flora, the county tournament champ as a sophomore, as a solid fixture at No. 1 singles; and Jan Kunze, an exchange student from Germany, at No. 2: singles. David Shoffner, who played singles last season, will strengthen the doubles play.

"Having Steve [Flora] gives me one less spot I have to think about," McCullin said.

"Trying to figure out the doubles and where everyone needs to

be, it's nice to know who's playing No. 1 singles. It gives us stability. After last year, we're concentrating on doubles skills. We fell in a trap a little and got caught with some 3-2 losses."

Shoffner, who played doubles as a freshman, will join sophomore Dan Piper at No. 1 doubles for the Owls, with sophomore Kush Javia teaming with junior Ben Berchock at No. 2 doubles.

No team has been stronger in doubles than the South Carroll girls in recent years, and that's where their strength will be once again this season. Tamburo and Wachter went undefeated at No. 2 doubles last season and will make the jump to No. 1 this year.

At singles, coach Jim Carnes has two players going from No. 2 to No. 1 this season in juniors Allan Stevens and Sara Stevens no relation).

"It's a big jump," Carnes said. "The No. 1 singles players are usually club players and the best on the team. No. 2 singles players can be anything from the second best player to the eighth best player on t a team."

Senior Courtney Liddick is the lone returnee from the Westminster team that won the county title last season. She'll move up to So. 1 singles this season for Holinger.

Pub Date: 3/31/96

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