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Two titles pave way as seven county players head to states

May 18, 2008|By CONNER GILBERT

FREDERICK, Md. -- The No. 2 seeds took root and grew on a sunny Saturday after a Friday rainout in the Maryland Region 1 tennis tournament.

Washington County made a strong showing with two region champions at Baker Park and a total of seven players advancing to next week's state tournament. Smithsburg's David Kurz won the boys singles title while the team of Charlie Brasher and Allen Sandberg won the boys doubles championship.

The finalists in each category advanced to the state tournament.

Kurz, seeded second, claimed his title by defeating top-seed Mike Lesko of Linganore, 6-4, 6-2.

"I liked being the underdog," said Kurz. "There's less pressure and nothing to lose."

Kurz, who was 23-0 during the 2008 season, battled through leg cramps to win the title. But the pain was worth the final gain.

"I had to play three matches today, so it was a relief to have it over with," said Kurz. "It feels great. This has been a top goal going into the season, so I'm glad."

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Brasher and Sandberg entered as the No. 2 seed in the doubles and came away with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Urbana's Tom Seymour and Erik Prochnow.

"It feels good," said Sandberg. "We've been here the past two years and come in third both times, so we're glad to get a win."

Brasher and Sandberg were pushed by Seymour and Prochnow but survived.

"It was a tough match, but in the end it's good to get the 'W,'" said Brasher.

Other second seeds found success along the way.

Clear Spring's Sara Dice and Amanda Jenkins punched their tickets to states despite losing 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 to Stacey Niehoff and Emily Seanez of Thomas Johnson in the girls doubles final.

Boonsboro's Manon Hostmann and Keith Welch, another second seed, advanced but lost in the finals 6-2, 6-2 to Middletown's Emily and Tommy Maerz in the mixed doubles title match.

The state tournament will be played Friday and Saturday at College Park, Md.

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