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Brooks, Williamsport duo move on

May 21, 2001

Brooks, Williamsport duo move on



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


Washington County won two of the five titles on Saturday in the Region I Tennis Championships at North Hagerstown High School.

Senior Mike Brooks of North Hagerstown won the boys' singles championship, while sophomore Meggie Miller and junior Jarod Spessard of Williamsport won the mixed doubles championship.

Brooks won his first region title by defeating Doug Ferguson of Liberty in the final, 6-4, 6-1.

Both Brooks and Ferguson were 21-0 going into the title match.

"I lost in the region finals last year," Mike Brooks said. "This year, I was definitely ready to win. Doug Ferguson played a good match. I got a few lucky breaks and I was just able to carry the momentum from those breaks."

Miller and Spessard - who both played at No. 2 doubles during the regular season - won their title by edging Gina Cremona and Andrei Chertov of Thomas Johnson 6-4, 6-4 in the championship match.

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"We have played really well since we started playing together on the day before the county tournament last week," Spessard said. "I hope that we continue playing well together. We haven't had any struggles yet. It feels good to win the region championship."

Miller was pleased with their performance.

"As long as we kept our heads up, we did a really good job," Miller said. "When our opponents got down, it just helped us out. We just wanted to go out there and try our hardest. I just feel that we really performed well and we didn't get down on each other. We'll just work really hard to prepare for the state tournament."

Williamsport coach Charlotte Trout was proud of her players.

"We're pleased that they won the championship," Trout said. "They just worked their way through the competition. Both were playing second doubles during the regular season. They did quite well today. They just used the skills that they learned as doubles players and worked well together. We're just looking forward to a chance of going back to the states for the first time in three years."

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