Anne Arundel County

Tennis

March 21, 2001|By Mike Frainie

Annapolis coach Richard King thought this may be a down year for tennis at the school. He changed his mind on the first day of practice.

The Panthers already had boys state champion Troy Demers, The Sun's Anne Arundel County Boys Player of the Year last season. Now they have three exchange students - two South Americans and one European - to add to the fold.

The No. 2 singles player will be junior Felipe Fanhueza-Camora, who is from Chile. He'll be backed up by junior Paul Mackin.

The girls will be led by Austrian Sylvia Horvath and Brazilian Camila Laffranch.

King says the team goal is to win the school's first county title in 20 years.

If the Panthers are to accomplish their goal, they'll have to beat a deep Severna Park team. The Falcons return Susan Johnson, The Sun's Anne Arundel County Girls Player of the Year. Lindsay Suller and Jaime DeGraffenreid, the county girls doubles champion, will return to defend their title.

The Falcons' boys team will be led by junior Mike Trenkwalder.

Still another exchange student will lead the girls team at Arundel. Senior Elena Cebeza, who hails from Spain, has earned the No. 1 singles job.

If the Wildcats have a weakness, it could be the boys team. Seniors Chris Beegle and Brad Hurst, one of the states best doubles teams last year, will battle it out for the No. 1 seed.

At Broadneck, the Bruins will field a young but experienced team. Junior Kristin Kibler and senior Shane Rigler, the county's runner-up in girls doubles, also return. The Bruins lost depth on the boys side, but will still have sophomores Kyle Schaefer and Blake Foster.

North County will be rebuilding, after losing All-County team member Mary Butera and the doubles team of Jake Helms and Danny Palumbo to graduation. Junior Kate Francaizi will lead the girls.

New coach Grant Yinger takes over at Chesapeake. The Cougars return senior Katrina Buckley, one of the better singles players in the county. The boys will be led by junior Alex Wilson and senior Leo Hylan.

At Old Mill, eight boys return. They will be led by seniors Robert Kendall, Won So and Scott Luddy. Junior twins Karen and Sarah Mostellar will lead the girls.

At Glen Burnie, the Gophers will have to replace several players, including Scott Nguyen, the county runner-up last season. The team is heavy on girls, but coach William Bope has been having trouble recruiting boys for the team.

The Meade girls will form the heart of a team for new coach Jim Duoblys. The Mustangs will get most of their points from junior Crystal Barela and senior Celeste Johnson. Sophomore Nick Bossi, the only male returnee from last year, will lead the boys.

Coach Julie Savoye takes over the program at South River. Junior Ricardo Jones, a transfer from DeMatha, will fight senior Chris Sheppard and sophomore Tommy Redmiles for the No. 1 singles title. Juniors Sara Beach and Lauren Haspert lead the girls.

At Southern, the Bulldogs return four-year starters Matt Spannare and Jason Monkelien. Senior captain Heidi Ricker returns, along with seniors Julie Robison and Mimi Wagner. The Bulldogs could be a surprise team.

John Malecki will try to turn around the program at Northeast. The core of the boys team will be made up of junior Sean McMullen and seniors Dan Johnson and Keith Roberson. Most of the points on the girls side will come from sophomores Lydia Park, Lindsay Payne and Christine Zeitschel.

The Key School will return senior Tim White, a member of The Sun's All-County team last year and one of the area's best players.

A good nucleus will return at Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference runner-up St. Mary's. It should again be one of the favorites. Junior Andrew Gaudreau, who was an All-County selection last season, is undefeated in the B Conference.

At Severn, the Admirals will also make a run at the B Conference title. Senior Drew Nussbaum will be the No. 1 singles player.

Spalding will field a very young team led by sophomore Bryan Dunkel and freshmen Steven Pelzman and Robert Dupaya. Shirin Alter and Amanda Batdorf will lead the girls.

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