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2009 All-County tennis teams

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Boys player of the year

Aaron Gomez

La Plata freshman singles

Resume: Had a prominent undefeated regular season mark in his introductory freshman season to the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference; as the top No. 1 boys singles talent he was also a unanimous selection for both SMAC most outstanding player and county player of the year honors; was the SMAC and Region IV champion; also placed fourth at the two-day state tournament at the University of Maryland, College Park; was the only member in SMAC to make it all the way to Day 2 of the state tourney, in which he fell to Paul Burgin of Pikesville in three sets of the state semifinals, then lost in the consolation match.

High praise: "He dominated SMAC as a freshman and had an outstanding season." – Tom Parker, Thomas Stone head coach

"He was undefeated, has an aggressive game and good court coverage. I like the way he sets his points and is a student of the game, I would like to see what he does next season." – Ken Griffith, Lackey head coach

"Aaron showed great commitment and development throughout the season and has invested a lot of time on the court." – Ron Scott, North Point head coach

Girls player of the year

Danira Lutui

La Plata senior singles

Resume: Was a dominate force at No. 2 singles in the regular season with a 13-1 record and was unbeaten in county play in her final campaign; in the postseason, she teamed up with teammate Anna Wells in doubles play as they claimed the SMAC and Region IV titles and boasted a state tournament appearance in which they won their first round match before falling in the quarterfinals; finished career with three regional and state appearances in doubles action.

High praise: "Undoubtedly the best girl [player] in the county and she has the skill level to play No. 1 singles if presented." – Griffith

"She is very athletic, has a very strong serve and was just an outstanding player in both singles and doubles play. – Scott

Coach of the year

Tom Parker

Thomas Stone (ninth season)

Resume: Was also named SMAC coach of year; led the Cougars to a 10-4 mark this season, after a 6-6 finish a year ago; had a 5-1 mark against county opponents and had a talented group of seniors on the team, while also grooming the younger players; showed key development for players from match to match, helped the team make major strides toward the end of the season; was a unanimous selection for coach of the year by county's voting coaches and by the Maryland Independent.

High praise: "What he did with that team this year was great. They made a big improvement from last season." – Scott

First team

Boys singles: Gomez

Girls singles: Lutui

Boys doubles: Marcus Cole and Taylor Ross, La Plata juniors

13-1 in regular season; undefeated versus county opponents; runner up at SMAC and regionals, first team All-SMAC

Girls doubles: Christie

Offenbacher (senior) and

Connie Capoen (junior),

La Plata

Went 7-1 on the season and was second team All-SMAC

Mixed doubles: Mazi Tucker

and Costas Galiatsatos,

Thomas Stone seniors

Finished 12-2 in the regular season; SMAC runner-up; second team All-SMAC

Second team

Boys singles: Johnnie Kearse, Thomas Stone senior

Girls singles: Anna Wells,

La Plata junior

Boys doubles: Cliff Strass and Michael Barnas North Point juniors

Girls doubles: Brittany Pierceall (junior) and Chelsea O'Dell (senior), Lackey

Mixed doubles: Will Weeks (junior) and Kristen Stump (senior), North Point

Honorable mentions

Boys singles

Jason Kearse, Thomas Stone junior; Mike Dillon, North Point junior;

Sam Paras, Lackey freshman; John Ellis, La Plata

Girls singles

Haley Hancock, Lackey sophomore; Katherine Chisholm, Westlake sophomore; Melanie Glessner, Thomas Stone junior; Diane Berringer, McDonough senior

Boys doubles

Hunter Webber and Tim Lowman, Thomas Stone seniors; Adam Hassan (senior) and Dean Guare (junior), La Plata; Luis Baldi (junior) and Mo Eason (sophomore), Lackey

Girls doubles

Chelsea Conger (junior) and Chelsea Clark (sophomore), La Plata; Allison Reitz and, Cristina Sora, North Point juniors

Mixed doubles

Hannah Parent (freshman) and D.J. Dunlevy (sophomore), Lackey, Maddy Shaffer (senior) and Niko Graham (junior), La Plata


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