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County is left all wet

May 13, 2000|By JACK HILL III

County is left all wet: Leopards duo, Brooks beat rain for titles

With three championships completed, it fit right in that the rest of the Washington County Tennis Championships at North Hagerstown were a wipeout Saturday afternoon.

Lightning and rain halted the last two matches of the competition, but not before North's Mike Brooks and the Smithsburg mixed doubles team of Sadia Shafi and David Seifarth had already won by 6-0, 6-0 scores.

Brooks improved his record to 19-0 by blanking teammate Jon Hemm for the boys singles title.

"I just wanted to go out there and hit the ball hard," Brooks said. "A lot of the guys that played No. 1 singles throughout the year decided to play doubles today. That took a little bit of the pressure off of me. I think that I'm serving a lot better than what I was and that helps."

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Brooks was impressed with the performance of Hemm in the championship match.

"My teammate played a good match against me in the final, even though the score was 6-0, 6-0," Brooks added. "The match was a lot closer than the score indicated."

In mixed doubles, Shafi and Seifarth, the top seed, shut out upset-minded Alexis Lopez and Allen Tritapoe of South Hagerstown.

Lopez and Tritapoe were ranked sixth in the nine-team field, and had beaten the second- and third-ranked teams on their way to the final.

In addition to the two shutouts, Megan Bowman and Barb Spoonire of Williamsport didn't even hit a ball in their final against Clear Spring's Meghan Reid and Alejandra Manzano of Clear Spring in girls doubles. The matchup of the top two seeds never materialized after the Blazers' tandem withdrew to attend their prom later Saturday night.

The two matches left are the championships for girls singles and boys doubles.

Top-seeded Katherine Miller of North Hagerstown is going against No. 2 Sammie Smiles of Williamsport for the girls' singles title. In boys doubles, top-seeded Michael Stambaugh and Chris Carrier of Williamsport are playing second-seeded John Muto and Tyler Kahl of North.

Team champions will be crowned for the first time after the final matches are completed at 4:30 p.m. Monday at North. The top two finishers in each category advance to the Region I Tournament next Friday and Saturday at North. Quarterfinals begin Friday at 1 p.m., while the semifinals start at 9 a.m. Saturday.

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