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Why they're No. 1 -- Smiles, Brooks lead 'Cats, North to titles

May 14, 2001

Why they're No. 1 -- Smiles, Brooks lead 'Cats, North to titles



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


Behind a sweep of the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles, the Williamsport girls tennis team ran away with the Washington County Championships on Saturday.

Williamsport's 35 points in the girls team standings to easily outdistance North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown, who were tied for second with 13 points each.

North Hagerstown won the boys team title by edging out Williamsport, 26-22.

It was the second straight Washington County championship for both the Williamsport girls and the North Hagerstown boys.

Williamsport coach Charlotte Trout was proud of the good performance by her athletes.

"Everybody just rose to the occasion today," Williamsport coach Charlotte Trout said. "Today, all of our players played the way that we know that they are capable of playing. Everybody out there has improved since the beginning of the season."

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Williamsport junior Sammie Smiles won the girls singles title for the second straight year when she defeated teammate Stacey Cannon, 6-2, 6-1. Smiles was 14-0 during the regular season.

"I just wanted to concentrate on my game and relax out there," Smiles said. "I felt great and I played my hardest out there. It feels great to win it two years in a row."

North Hagerstown senior Mike Brooks also won the boys singles title for the second year in a row when he defeated David Seifarth of Smithsburg, 6-3, 6-0. Brooks also went undefeated during the regular season for a second consecutive time, going 18-0 record.

"It feels good to repeat," Brooks said. "I kept on playing my style. I didn't do anything special. I just kept up with my regular routine. I hit my ground strokes really well."

Girls Team Scores: 1. Williamsport 35. 2. North Hagerstown 13. 3. South Hagerstown 13. 4. Smithsburg 8. 5. Clear Spring 5. 6. Boonsboro 3.

Boys Team Scores: 1. North Hagerstown 26. 2. Williamsport 22. 3. Smithsburg 11. 4. South Hagerstown 6. 5. Boonsboro 4. 6. Clear Spring 2.

Boys Singles Championship: Mike Brooks (NH) d. David Seifarth (Sm) 6-3, 6-0. Semifinal: Seifarth d. Tonty Tawady (W) 6-1, 6-0.

Girls Singles Championship: Sammie Smiles (W) d. Stacey Cannon (W) 6-2, 6-1. Semifinals: Smiles d. Katie Franklin (Sm) 6-3, 6-1. Cannon d. Lauren Ebersole (CS) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1. Quarterfinals: Franklin d. Leslie Schoeck (NH) 6-2, 6-3. Cannon d. Beth Gehrman (Sm) 6-2, 6-3. Ebersole d. Sara Hill (SH) 6-0, 6-0.

Boys Doubles Championship: Mike Stambaugh/Chris Carrier (W) d. Tyler Kahl/Erik Lenhart (NH) 6-4, 6-4. Semifinals: Kahl/Lenhart d. Tom Gibson/Andrew Shelley (SH) 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1. Stambaugh/Carrier d. Eric Vesely/Ben Keller (B) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5). Quarterfinals: Kahl/Lenhart d. Pete Swacina/Jason Long (W) 6-4, 6-2. Gibson/Shelley d. Brandon Burley/Matt Kibler (B) 6-0, 6-3. Vesely/Keller d. Trevor Burkett/Tim Gaines (Sm) 6-0, 6-2. Stambaugh/Carrier d. Jon Hemm/Jon Martin (NH) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. First Round: Swacina/Long d. Michah Socks/Josh Fiedler (CS) 10-0. Burley/Kibler d. Clyde Constant/Steve Rau (SH) 10-8. Tom Gibson/Andrew Shelley (SH) d. Scott Young/Andrew Weakland (Sm) 10-3. Burkett/Gaines d. James Thomas/Shryeas Portel (SH) 10-3. Vesely/Keller d. Gasret Hanshew/Josh Schrimssher (CS) 10-1. Hemm/Martin d. Larry Riggleman/Dustin Reichard (CS) 10-4.

Girls Doubles Championship: Jamie Pritchett/Jill Pritchett (W) won by forfeit over Cara Crouse/Leslie Spielman (SH). Semifinals: Pritchett/Pritchett d. Ashley Chupp/Liane Miller (NH) 6-2, 6-1. Crouse/Spielman won by forfeit over Angie Crawford/Angie Carideo (B). Quarterfinals: Pritchett/Pritchett d. Dattillio/Lewis (SH) 6-1, 6-0. Chupp/Miller (NH) won by forfeit over Holly Steiner/Jessica Hinze (SH). Crawford/Carideo (B) d. Liz Rathvon/Amy Lester (Sm) 4-6, 6-0, 6-4. Crouse/Spielman d. Jones/Swartz (W) 6-0, 6-4. First Round: Dattillio/Lewis d. Panborn/Bauer (Sm) 10-8. Jones/Swartz d. Semler/Jones (CS) 10-1.

Mixed Doubles Championship: Meggie Miller/Jarod Spessard (W) d. Alana Sowers/David Macht (NH) 6-2, 6-3. Semifinals: Miller/Spessard d. Chelsea Smith/Allen Tritapoe (SH) 7-6, 6-1. Sowers/Macht d. Steve Kurz/Jeana Lopez (Sm) 6-4, 6-3. Quarterfinals: Smith/Tritapoe d. Samantha Stine/Bobby Moore (CS) 6-1, 6-2. Miller/Spessard d. Jesse Smigelski/Jason Morris (NH) 6-2, 6-1. Sowers/Macht d. Shana Ruff/Greg Tolbert (NH) 6-2, 6-1. Kurz/Lopez d. Luke Laws/Charlie Mulligan (CS) 6-2, 6-1. First Round: Smigelski/Morris d. Sarah Lindsay/Scott Hutzell (Sm) 10-6. Ruff/Tolbert d. Aaron Beard/Marilyn Martin (CS) 10-8. Laws/Mulligan d. Velly Derival/Natalie Dzaidon (SH) 10-8.

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