Porter, Hellier again class of counly's courts Sevema Park, Broadneck, Arundel are teams to beat

March 29, 1998|By JEFF SEIDEL | JEFF SEIDEL,SPECIAL To THE SUN

Not much has changed in Anne Arundel County tennis. Several of the top individual players are returning and Sever Park, Broadneck and Arundel should once more be the top teams.

Both the boys and girls singles champions are back this season. Andrew Porter of Severna Park and Jennifer Hellier from Broadneck will try to defend their individual titles after impressive seasons last spring.

Porter had a perfect season in the county, going undefeated and winning the county title. He went on to take the district championship and qualify for the states. Severna Park coach Bob Naworal said Porter has gotten stronger since last season and could be even better.

Hellier had a similar season last spring, going unbeaten in the county, winning the district title and eventually finishing third in the state. The junior also looks good for this season and should once more be a threat at the state level.

Broadneck also had a say in the girls doubles final, as the team of Danielle DeLance and Molly Coy won it. Coy has graduated, but DeLance returns for her senior year.

The boys doubles championship team of Howie Edelstein and Matt Hanna from South River went on to take the state title, but they've graduated and left the door open to some solid doubles teams.

Lindsey Carlson and David Flage took the mixed doubles title for Arundel last year.

Flage returns for the Wildcats and should be an anchor in their lineup.

Severna Park, Broadneck and Arundel all have the top lineups overall. All three teams have plenty of depth and are able to move players to different spots in singles and doubles.

For Severna Park, the whole lineup looks good. The Falcons dominated the county in the early part of this decade but watched as Arundel won the title in 1995 and Broadneck took it the next year. Severna Park rebounded last year to finish 12-0 in the county and win the crown while Arundel and Broadneck were tied for second at 10-2.

Porter leads the boys lineup. Junior Dan Greenblatt played doubles last year and should be at No. 2 singles this season. Sophomore Mike Sachs also will contribute for the Falcons, playing doubles and some singles.

The girls have a solid team, with a little more experience and depth. Senior Nancy Turnblacer, who will be at No. 1 singles, has improved a great deal and could give Hellier a fight.

Senior Jill McFarland should be at No. 2 singles. Seniors Keri Peterson and Lisa Mulholland plus junior Jessica DeGraffenreid should play doubles and see some time at singles and help to give the Falcons a tough lineup.

"You're not going to run into anybody easy in their lineup," said Annapolis coach Rick King.

The Falcons lost some good players to graduation, but Naworal is optimistic that the younger players can play a key role.

"I think that the kids that are returning feel really confident," he said. "I just hope it filters down to the rest of the squad."

Broadneck also has a strong girls team. Led by Hellier, coach Phoebe Kelly has three returning state players. Hellier will go at No. 1 singles. DeLance will team with Camilla Rasmussen at No. 1 doubles. Rasmussen went to the states last year in mixed doubles.

Senior Julie White has played at No.2 doubles the past two seasons and should be there again for the Bruins. She's been involved in just one loss in that time.

Jacob Rasmussen - brother of Camilla - will step into the No. 1 singles spot as a freshman. He was ranked No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic region at 14, and Kelly hopes for big things from him this year.

Seniors Eric Peterson and Eric Gardner also will play big roles. Peterson should go at No. 2 singles while Gardner appears set for doubles. Kelly also is counting upon a solid bunch of returning sophomore s and juniors to help.

"I have some good depth," said Kelly. "With all of the returning girls from last year, I have the same depth and more so. Now with Jacob Rasmussen in, I have an added depth on the boys team that I didn't last year."

Arundel also will rely on its depth. Second-year coach Bud Rorison likes his lineup and the options it offers him. Flage, who finished fourth in the state last year in mixed doubles, will start this year at No. 1 singles Junior Aaron Gough and senior Andy Maxwell also should help in singles.

Junior Jordan Hoyt and senior Marc Morris should team up in doubles, while juniors Dave Filo and Markus Bertolozel could play together this season. The boys have seven strong returnees over all, having lost just one starter.

For the girls, senior Jessica Snowden or classmate Tenley Gallow will play singles with the other going to mixed doubles. Sophomore Bonnie Busch is going to be at the other singles spot. Senior Lauren Puhak starts in doubles and could team with sophmoree Candice Chatman Senior Hye-Mi Ahn and sophomore Verity Rowell may form a doubles team.

"We have some options," said Rorison.

! Pub Date: 3/29/98

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