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Hubs claim two county titles

May 16, 2004|By JACK HILL III

About 75 percent of the Washington County Tennis Tournament was completed Saturday before lightning postponed the remainder of the tournament.

The championships that were decided Saturday, however, were 100 percent North Hagerstown's.

Playing on their home court, Vincent Schoeck won the boys singles and Jenn Tolbert and Sarah Macht teamed for the girls doubles title, earning spots in the Region I tournament next weekend.

The tournament will conclude Tuesday at 4 p.m. at North.

Schoeck, a 6-foot-4 1/2, 150-pound sophomore, beat David Craytor of Boonsboro 6-1, 6-0 in the semifinals before defeating Scott Young of Smithsburg 6-0, 6-1 in the final.

"I feel good," Schoeck said. "It was a good win. Scott Young of Smithsburg is a very good, solid player. I got a few lucky breaks against him that helped me out. I just had to stay consistent and play within myself. I tried to get to the net as much as I could. That seemed to help me out."

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The two victories raised Schoeck's singles record to 16-1 this year.

Tolbert and Macht beat Carrie Borne and Melanie Wilson of South Hagerstown 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals before defeating Amy Matonak and Erin Matonak of Williamsport 6-1, 6-4 in the championship match.

"It feels great," Tolbert said. "We usually just focus out there and we talk to each other. That concentration and communication helped us to be successful. We had good competition out there today. The Matonak sisters were one of the better teams that we played against this year."

Tolbert and Macht improved their record to 15-2 this year.

"I'm really excited," Macht said. "I'm looking forward to the regionals. Last year, Jen and I finished second in the county tournament. I am glad that Jen was able to finish first in her senior year. Tennis is a 90 percent mental game, so focusing is the main key."

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