Howard County


March 21, 2001|By Stan Rappaport

Mount Hebron's Rohan Nabar and Glenelg's Ryan Yao were freshmen last year when they played for the boys singles title at the Howard County tournament.

But neither one will win the title this season.

See, you've got to play to win.

Nabar, who was unbeaten in the county last season and is ranked third in 16-under in the state, has decided not to play high school tennis. Instead, he is training for national tournaments at the Tennis Center of College Park.

Yao, who moved here from the Chicago area before his freshman year, is moving back to Naperville, Ill. He's planning to play in Glenelg's first two matches before moving this weekend.

While the No. 1 singles spot for the boys is up for grabs, Glenelg looks to have the top girls player in Marianne Baker. The 5-foot-4 sophomore, who is ranked No. 1 in the 16-under Mid-Atlantic region, has adjusted her training schedule to play for the Gladiators.

"I want to go to states," Baker said. "[High school tennis] seems like a lot of fun. My friends in Montgomery County said it was, so I decided to try it."

River Hill (17-1) won the boys team title last season, but graduated eight seniors and is not as deep. Still, junior Britt Boras and sophomore Matt Langan, who finished third and fourth in the county tournament, respectively, will make the Hawks competitive.

Amanda Dolinka, Allison Mills and Devon Humphries, who is back from anterior cruciate ligament surgery, will lead the girls squad.

Wilde Lake earned last year's girls team title (17-1), but coach Ron Shelton said the Wildecats lack the depth of a year ago. Senior Lauren Bondroff, a singles finalist in the past two county tournaments, returns to the top of the ladder. David Lax and Jay Kim will head the boys team.

Glenelg's girls team appears to be the team to beat. Beside Baker, the Gladiators have two solid freshmen in Lindsay Dombart and Julia Facchina, ranked No. 2 in the state last year in 14-under. Led by Sean Murray and Dan Park, the boys team is young.

At Atholton, Sam Guarnieri and Oliver Baranczyk will lead the boys squad, and Monica Budnichuk, Jennifer Gill, Christine Tran and Audrey Park head the girls team.

Centennial has solid depth on the girls side, led by Christina Hong and Whitney Edmonds. Jim Taylor and Dan Hwang head the boys team.

Hammond returns its entire boys team, led by Dan Merti and Mike Sandler. Its girls team should continue the improvement it began last season, led by Lisa Holman.

At Howard, Hana Kim and Richard Tripp will lead the boys team while Hajin Kim and Ozge Bilge, an exchange student from Turkey, will key the girls squad. Gwen Duong and Albert Koh will lead the girls and boys teams, respectively, at Long Reach.

Mount Hebron's boys team will look toward Jon Norman, Chris Schwartz and Lance Schrieber for leadership, while Audrey Damrongski, Jenny Long and Libby Smith will head the girls team.

Michelle Fairbanks returns as the top girls player at Oakland Mills, while Areo Siahpoush and Fahad Qauyumi head the boys squad.

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