Severna Park is closer to another county title

Wins in girls singles, doubles give Falcons lead

Tennis

High Schools

May 12, 2000|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

After winning the Anne Arundel County Girls Doubles title yesterday, Severna Park's Jamie DeGraffenreid and Lindsay Suller playfully lifted their coach, April Quigley.

Yesterday was no different from most days for Quigley; her girls tennis players have been carrying the team all year.

The Falcons captured both girls titles - singles and doubles - and appear to have an insurmountable lead in the team scores en route to their second consecutive Anne Arundel County championship. The tournament, at Chesapeake High, will finish up today with mixed doubles, boys singles, and boys doubles finals.

In addition to the doubles title, the Falcons also got a victory from Susan Johnson to win the girls singles crown. Who did Johnson beat? None other than her teammate, Robin Koethcke. Johnson was the Falcons No.1 singles player this season, while Koethcke was No.2."I was blessed with a team of hard workers," said Quigley, who is in her first season as coach. "We have a strong tradition, and my players come focused every day."

DeGraffenreid and Suller easily won the first set of their match with Broadneck's Kristen Kibler and Shane Ringling, 6-1, but they had to survive a rally in the second set for the victory. Kibler and Ringling tied the set at four games apiece, before DeGraffenreid and Suller rallied to win the final two games and take the second set and match, 6-4.

"We've been playing together for about five years now," said Suller, "and we've been best friends since the first grade. I think that really helps our game."

The pair, both freshmen, completed an undefeated season in the county, going 19-0 in the process.

Johnson, a sophomore, also finished 19-0 this year. She advanced to the finals last year, only to lose.

Johnson, who did not lose a set in the tournament, defeated Koethcke, 6-2, 6-0, for the title.

In boys singles, Troy Demers of Annapolis will meet Glen Burnie's Scott Nguyen in today's final. Demers defeated Nguyen, 6-0, 6-1, in the final match of the regular season.

The mixed doubles will feature brother and sister combinations as Annapolis' J.P. and Kiersten Rutkovsky play Arundel's John and Bonny Busch for the title.

The boys doubles will feature semifinal matches - North County's Jake Helms and Danny Palumbo against Old Mill's Robert Kendall and Chris Osborn. Arundel's Chris Beegle and Brad Hurst will meet Broadneck's Scott Patterson and Elmar Scholz in the other semifinal. The winners will play 30 minutes after the conclusion of the semifinals.

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