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2011 All-County Tennis: Shives' case made by Blazers' numbers

June 14, 2011|By DAN KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com
  • Clear Spring's Lisa Shives is the 2011 Herald-Mail Washington County Tennis Coach of the Year.
Clear Spring's Lisa Shives is the 2011 Herald-Mail Washington County Tennis Coach of the Year.

Sometimes, the numbers say it all.

That’s certainly the case for Clear Spring’s Lisa Shives — the 2011 Herald-Mail Washington County Tennis Coach of the Year.

* The Blazers boys (15-2 overall, 12-2 MVAL Antietam) shared the MVAL Antietam title with North Hagerstown and Williamsport, then won the Washington County Tournament team title. They won 71 of their 83 matches in the regular season.

* The Blazers girls (15-2 overall, 12-2 MVAL Antietam) finished second to Boonsboro in the MVAL Antietam, then won the county tournament team title to complete a sweep. They won 71 of their 81 matches in the regular season.

* Clear Spring shared the Region I combined team title with Mountain Ridge.

* Including postseason play, Clear Spring’s singles players and doubles teams posted a record of 161-34.

The numbers don’t lie.

“I never once all season long had to get on a kid about working hard,” Shives said. “It was a group of kids who went on the court every day and practiced like they were playing matches. It was a really fun and rewarding season.”

The Blazers had plenty of champions. Miranda Kearney was the surprise girls singles champion at the county tournament. Zac O’Neal and Megan Crowl won county and Region I tournament mixed doubles titles. Gavin Myers and Tyler Brown remained undefeated through their county tournament championship in boys doubles.

“The real surprise was Kearney,” Shives said. “I knew she was good, but to come up against last year’s county champion (South Hagerstown’s Tinuke Adetunji) and beat her was a real surprise.

“I just think the entire county is picking up the level of play. It’s neat to be playing different schools where everybody has a chance to win the match. There’s no pushovers anymore.

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