Anne Arundel All-County tennis

June 07, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham

Coach of the Year

Bob Naworal, Severna Park: Losing? Hasn't been a thought the last two seasons at Severna Park. After guiding his Falcons to a 14-0 mark in 1997, Naworal came back this spring and led his squad to another perfect season at 13-0. The girls side had an experienced nucleus returning behind seniors Nancy Turnblacer, Lisa Mulholland, Keri Peterson and Jill McFarland. Andrew Porter continued his dominance in boys singles and Naworal put together a strong doubles team in sophomore Mike Sachs and senior German exchange student Claus Adolph. All but one of the 28 players on the roster got playing time at the varsity level this season. "If you can get most of the kids four or five matches in a year, they have that experience going into next season," said Naworal. "That's what I also did last year and it has worked out well."

Girls Player of the Year

Jennifer Hellier, Broadneck, junior: Staking claim to Player of the Year honors a second straight season, Hellier was once again the dominant player in the county and also got another step closer to the state championship, reaching the finals. In her three seasons of varsity, Hellier is an impressive 65-6. This season, she went 24-1, her only loss coming to Randallstown's Leslie Harvey in the state final. "Jennifer had a lot more pace on the ball, stepping into and hitting through," said Broadneck coach Phoebe Kelly. "She also improved her first serve and had better placement on her second."

Boys Player of the Year

Andrew Porter, Severna Park, sophomore: Porter dominated the county's singles competition and advanced to the state tournament with a second straight district title. He won 21 straight matches before losing to Eleanor Roosevelt's Eric Nudo in the second round of state play. Finishing 21-1 this season, he is 42-4 in his two years of varsity. "Andrew is a bulldog, so tenacious. He has excellent ground strokes and just doesn't miss," Naworal said.

Girls doubles

Danielle DeLancey, senior; Camilla Rasmussen, senior, Broadneck: Both four-year varsity players, DeLancey and Rasmussen put their skills together to make a strong, season-long run that didn't end until they dropped a two-set match to Montgomery Blair's Charitha Gowda and Jodi Min in the state championship. For DeLancey, it was a second straight state final appearance in girls doubles; Rasmussen adjusted from playing mixed doubles last spring. "They blended together very well with excellent communication," said Broadneck coach Phoebe Kelly.

Boys doubles

Claus Adolph, senior; Mike Sachs, sophomore, Severna Park: This was the first season they played doubles together, but you would have never known. The two teamed to sweep through county play, win the district championship and advance to the second round of the state tournament. Naworal said it was apparent the two were a good match right from the start as they finished the year 21-1.

Mixed doubles

Jen Montgomery, junior; Tristan Weisenreder, junior, Chesapeake: The most consistent mixed doubles team throughout the season, Montgomery and Weisenreder went 7-4 overall with second-place finishes in the county and district.

Kellie Werner, sophomore; Sean McCormick, junior, Glen Burnie: The pair came together for the county tournament and looked as if it had been playing together all season, winning all four matches they played to provide Glen Burnie coach Bill Bope with his first county tournament championship of any kind.

Pub Date: 6/07/98

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