Gilman takes 3 of 5 MIAA titles

High schools

May 17, 2006|By JEFF SEIDEL | JEFF SEIDEL,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Gilman dominated throughout the season, finishing first in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and then toppling two-time defending champion McDonogh for the team championship.

The Greyhounds kept right on going in the MIAA individual championships, completing their season by winning three of the five A Conference divisions in yesterday's finals at McDonogh.

Coach Jim Busick said it's the best team he has had in his 27 years at Gilman. The Greyhounds finished 17-2, losing only when Ted Kelly wasn't there. The junior joined the lineup this year and went unbeaten, making a good lineup better.

"You're always assured of one point [in a best-of-five match], and it sets the tone," Busick said. "Ted is a top-100 junior, so his reputation is worth a few games. This was a once-in-a-lifetime team."

Kelly topped John Carroll's Tim Lozinak, 6-1, 6-4, to win No. 1 singles. The John Carroll freshman played tough, but Kelly just had too much.

"It was good, and I think I played well," Kelly said.

Chris Mason gave Gilman the title at No. 2 singles, beating Jesse Wright of St. Paul's, 6-1, 6-2. Mason agreed that Kelly was unquestionably who put Gilman over the top this season.

"This year it was all about Ted," Mason said. "He was a superstar. Ted was the difference."

Gilman's other championship came at No. 1 doubles, when John Kelly (Ted's brother) and Brad Millison outlasted McDonogh's Erik Schenk and Steve Wexler, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.

The McDonogh duo was serving for the match at 6-5 in the second set when Kelly and Millison broke and then pulled out the tiebreaker, and they went on to win the third set. The match took 2 hours, 40 minutes.

McDonogh's only championship came when Jeremy Bengson and Neil Parikh rolled to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Gilman's Mike Eisenstein and James Wieler at No. 2 doubles.

Gilman's Zach Gorn defaulted in the second round at No. 3 singles due to scheduling conflicts. Michael Verdi of St. Paul's took the title, pulling out a a 2-hour, 45-minute, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-3 victory over Loyola's Pat Greenwell.

In the B Conference matches, Severn and Glenelg Country School led the way. Severn had finalists in all five divisions and won three. Glenelg took the other two.

Felix Hong of Severn scored a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Kyle Schneck of Annapolis Area Christian in No. 1 singles.

The Admirals also won both doubles championships. Collin Bauer and John Merkert scored a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Troy Krell and Corey Coolahan from Archbishop Spalding at No. 1. Mack Gilmor and Chris Hoehn-Saric beat Spalding's Kay Cartwright and Patty Lubeck at No. 2, 6-0, 6-3.

Glenelg's Will Garrett repeated as champion at No. 2 singles with a 6-3, 6-0 decision over Severn's Jack Allen. His teammate, Ryan Kent, topped Sean Quinn of Severn, 6-0, 6-3, in No. 3 singles.

Matt Ford and John Thomas contributed to this article.

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