Two champs, one family

Schoecks monopolie boys, girls singles titles at county championships

Schoecks monopolie boys, girls singles titles at county championships

May 14, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

North Hagerstown won boys and girls team titles and finished first in three of the five events at Saturday's Washington County Tennis Championships.

The Hubs girls scored 27 points to edge Williamsport by one, while the boys easily won with 34 points, 15 ahead of Smithsburg.

"It feels great to win both team titles," North coach Frank McAdoo said. "The kids have worked hard all year. They are dedicated to tennis and hard work pays off. It is a great bunch of kids. All of our athletes just did a great job. They came through when they had to."

Vincent Schoeck, a 6-foot-6, 160-pound senior, won the boys singles title for the third straight year for North, beating Duston Gibbons of South Hagerstown 6-1, 6-1 in the championship match.


"The games were a lot closer than the score indicated," Schoeck said. "There were a lot of close points. Duston played a great match. I was serving well and volleying well. I was trying to get to the net as much as I could. I tried to keep the pressure on Duston by coming to the net as much as possible. I was on top of my game."

"Vincent puts a lot of effort into tennis," McAdoo said. "He is very fundamentally sound. He has very good footwork. He is always in the right spot."

Sophomore Gretchen Schoeck, Vincent's younger sister, won the girls singles title for North, pulling out a narrow victory over Betsy Shaw of Williamsport 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3) in the championship match.

"I lost to Betsy in a tiebreaker in the county semifinals last year," Schoeck said. "I enjoy playing against Betsy, because it is a tough match and she keeps me on my feet. Almost all of our points were deuced, which made every game extremely long."

The Hubs' Sarah Macht and Justin Harris won the mixed doubles title by defeating Andrew Beadle and Megan Blickenstaff of Clear Spring 6-3, 6-3.

Leah Mellott and Brittney Dean of Williamsport won the girls doubles title by defeating Katie Harne and April Vesely of Boonsboro, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

David Kurz and Derek Kretzer of Smithsburg won the boys doubles title by defeating Allen Sandberg and Charlie Brasher of North, 6-4, 6-2.

The top three finishers in each event advanced to the Region I Tournament, which will be held next weekend at Baker Park in Frederick, Md.

J.R. Shields of Clear Spring was third in boys singles, Carrie Martin of Smithsburg was third in girls singles and Brendan Benisek and Amy Matonak of Williamsport took third in mixed doubles.

The third-place matches for both boys doubles and girls doubles will be played Monday at 4 p.m. at North.

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