All-County Tennis -- Grunberg's dilemma a good one to have

June 16, 2010|By DAN KAUFFMAN
  • Pete Grunberg, North Hagerstown

It's the kind of dilemma just about every coach would be thrilled to deal with: Too much talent, too few spots.

Welcome to North Hagerstown tennis coach Pete Grunberg's scenario with the Hubs' boys team this season.

"We had a lot of depth. We were strong through our 10th boy, and only eight play varsity," Grunberg said.

North's boys rolled to MVAL Antietam and Washington County Public Schools Tournament boys team championships. North's girls earned a share of the county tournament team title with Boonsboro, to boot.

Grunberg is the 2010 Herald-Mail Washington County Tennis Coach of the Year.

The Hubs' boys team was a juggernaut.

Senior Andreas Grahn, the 2010 Herald-Mail Washington County Boys Tennis Player of the Year, went 13-1 at No. 1 singles in the regular season, then teamed with Laura Wagner to win county tournament and Region I mixed doubles titles.

Senior Ryan Paolini went 17-0 at No. 2 singles in the regular season -- and would have challenged for the No. 1 singles spot on any other team in the county -- before finishing third at the county tournament.


Brothers Greg Harrison (a senior) and Eric Harrison (a junior) went 15-2 at No. 1 doubles, then went 3-0 to win the county tournament and 2-1 to finish third in Region I.

Senior Joseph Knight spent most of the regular season playing No. 2 doubles -- going 12-1 -- but when he got his shot in singles, he went 3-0 at the No. 1 spot in the regular season and 3-0 en route to the county tournament title.

"We had four boys who wanted to play singles this year," Grunberg said. "I think we have six of the top 10 in the county and only two could play singles."

The girls team had plenty of talent in its own right. Mollie Johnson teamed with Dominic Baxley to finish third in mixed doubles at the county tournament. Meredith Reynolds took fourth in girls singles at the county tournament, and the girls doubles team of Amanda Breidenstein and Rachel Ober also took fourth.

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