Severna Park captures county title

Falcons repeat winners

Arundel finishes second

Tennis

High Schools

May 13, 2000|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Arundel won the battles yesterday in the Anne Arundel County Tennis Championships at Chesapeake High, but Severna Park won the war.

On the strength of victories by their girls team on Thursday, the Falcons won their second consecutive county championship, outdistancing second-place Arundel, 38-26. Broadneck was third with 22 points.

On Thursday, Severna Park won the girls singles and doubles titles to all but sew up the team title.

Yesterday, Arundel captured the boys doubles and mixed doubles to pass Broadneck for second place.

In the mixed doubles, brother and sister John and Bonny Busch started quickly and held off a determined J.P. and Kiersten Rutkovsky, 6-1, 6-4. The Rutkovskys are also siblings.

The Busch siblings, both singles players, decided to team up for the tournament. It was the first time they had played competitive doubles together."Neither of us felt comfortable playing singles [in the tournament], so we approached our coach with the idea [of playing doubles]. We had to kind of talk her into it," said John Busch. "He must have done a great selling job, because the pair played like they had been teamed for years."

Said Bonny Busch: "In addition to being brother and sister, we're really close. I think that helped us. We just know what each other is thinking."

The Wildcats took the boys doubles as well, as Brad Hurst and Chris Beegle defeated North County's Jake Helms and Danny Palumbo, 6-0, 6-2.

For Hurst, the victory was his second straight doubles crown (he won the title last year with Aaron Gough). For Beegle, who had never played doubles competitively until a week ago, the result did not come as a total surprise."Brad was a great partner, and we decided to see how far we could go," said Beegle. "I knew if we played well we were capable of this."

The boys singles title was won by Annapolis' Troy Demers, who defeated Glen Burnie's Scott Nguyen, 6-1, 6-0.

Demers, who finished the season 17-0, was runner-up in the singles last year."Troy was playing his best game today and Scott wasn't, and that was the difference," said Annapolis coach Rick King of Demers."He has really matured this year and doesn't let the little things bother him. He has a better mental approach to his game this year."

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