1999 All-Anne Arundel County tennis team

June 06, 1999|By GLENN P. GRAHAM

Coach of the Year

Richard King, Annapolis: After a .500 season in 1998, the Panthers enjoyed their finest season under King, in his seventh season, going 9-2 with tough 5-4 setbacks to county powers Severna Park and Arundel. King has coached teams that featured three-time state champion Meghan Cornwall, a 1996 grad, but said he never had a more well-rounded team than this year's. Leading the way at No. 1 boys singles was senior Troy Demers, who upset Severna Park's Andrew Porter in the regular-season before taking second at the county championships. "This was the best I've had team-wise. Five of the guys, seniors, all started as freshmen. We did really well but maybe peaked a little too early," said King.

Girls Player of the Year

Jennifer Hellier, Broadneck, senior: Hellier, a three-time county Player of the Year, closed out a stellar four-year career with a 88-7 mark, including a 23-1 season this spring that had her playing on the final day. For a second straight year, she came within one match of winning a state championship, falling to Wootton's Anna Goldstein in the final. She captured her third straight county championship with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Severna Park freshman Susan Johnson. Always a dominating player at the baseline, Hellier, headed for Rutgers University, added new facets to her game each season to become a complete player. "Anytime a player takes the time and effort into developing the way she has, it's just a pleasure to watch," said Broadneck coach Phoebe Kelly.

Boys Player of the Year

Andrew Porter, Severna Park, junior: Everything came up threes for the Falcon standout this spring. He captured his third straight county tournament championship, won a third region title and made his third appearance at states, this time advancing to the semifinal round, where he dropped a three-hour, three-set match to Churchill's Chris Brown. He finished the season with a 15-2 mark, avenging his only regular-season loss by defeating Troy Demers of Annapolis in straight sets to win the county title. "Andrew has extremely powerful ground strokes and is extremely steady. And he's such a competitor," said Severna Park coach Bob Naworal. For his effort, Porter was selected Anne Arundel's Player of the Year a third straight year.

Girls doubles

Jessica DeGraffenreid, Lauren Boyd, both seniors, Severna Park: Playing together in their freshman, sophomore and senior seasons, DeGraffenreid and Boyd never lost a county match. This spring, they swept through county and region play, finishing 15-1 and making their first state playoff appearance. "Jessica was the heavy hitter, and Lauren was steady. That was a real good combination," said Severna Park coach Bob Naworal.

Boys doubles

Aaron Gough, senior; Brad Hurst, sophomore, Arundel: more, Arundel: It took the pair a couple of matches to settle in, but once things clicked, Gough and Hurst were tough to beat. The pair finished 8-1 with wins in the county tournament and the region. "They became very consistent," said Arundel coach Bud Rorison. "Brad was aggressive with the big serve, and Aaron was steady. He got his returns back and also had a good serve."

Mixed doubles

Chris Beegle, sophomore; Anna Buschman, senior, Arundel: The suggestion to join the pair for tournament play came from Beegle. It proved a smart decision. With Buschman bringing a big serve, dominating play at the net and a strong serve return and Beegle running down everything else, the two teamed to win the county tournament championship, the region and finished third at the state level. Both players enjoyed successful regular seasons at No. 2 singles before joining forces to go 10-1 at mixed doubles.

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1999 All-Anne Arundel County tennis team was selected by Glenn P. Graham after consultations with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Pub Date: 6/06/99

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