2011 All-County Girls Tennis: D'Alauro, Scally used to sharing

June 14, 2011|By DAN KAUFFMAN |
  • Boonsboro seniors Alice D'Alauro, left, and Erin Scally are the 2011 Herald-Mail Washington County Girls Tennis Co-Players of the Year.
Submitted by Fred D'Alauro

Boonsboro seniors Alice D’Alauro and Erin Scally are familiar with the concept of sharing.

Together, they shared 23 straight victories, Washington County and Region I tournament girls doubles titles and a trip to the Maryland state tournament, all while leading the Warriors to the MVAL Antietam girls team championship.

Now, D’Alauro and Scally share one more honor: They are the 2011 Herald-Mail Washington County Girls Tennis Co-Players of the Year.

“We worked really hard this year. We didn’t expect this honor,” D’Alauro said. “We didn’t expect to play doubles. We were originally going to play singles, but we decided to play together. All I wanted to do was do better than we did last year at regionals, when we got third. I didn’t expect us to be undefeated through regionals.”

D’Alauro and Scally edged out South Hagerstown’s Tinuke Adetunji and Clear Spring’s Megan Crowl in a race for player of the year honors that was ultra-close. In a vote of county public school coaches, D’Alauro and Scally received eight points, Adetunji had seven and Crowl six. Any of them would have been worthy recipients.

“It’s always an honor, but to know the coaches had equally good competition in mind and voted for us, it makes it even more special,” Scally said.

A disappointing first-round loss at states did little to diminish the achievements of D’Alauro and Scally. Through regionals, they won 46 of their 50 sets to turn aside all challengers.

“They did have a goal to get to states because of the year before, and they seemed confident about it,” Warriors coach Frank McAdoo said. “I kept telling them they had to keep the intensity up. ... They were a little worried at regionals, a couple teams there had been there the year before. But I could see they were confident.”

D’Alauro and Scally are joined on The Herald-Mail’s 2011 All-County Girls Tennis First Team by:

Tinuke Adetunji, South Hagerstown

Adetunji, a senior, went 20-4 at No. 1 singles, won the Region I title and reached the state quarterfinals. She was the 2010 Herald-Mail Washington County Player of the Year.

Sarah Colgan, Boonsboro

Colgan, a junior, teamed with Ashlyn Hawbaker to go 19-2 at No. 2 doubles and finish second at the county tournament.

Megan Crowl, Clear Spring

Crowl, a senior, went 16-1 at No. 1 singles — her only loss was to Adetunji, which she avenged later in the season — before teaming with Zac O’Neal to win the county and Region I mixed doubles titles.

Jennifer Gerold, Smithsburg

Gerold, a junior, went 11-8 at No. 1 singles and finished fourth at the county tournament.

Ashlyn Hawbaker, Boonsboro

Hawbaker, a junior, teamed with Colgan to go 19-2 at No. 2 doubles and finish second at the county tournament.

Miranda Kearney, Clear Spring

Kearney, a junior, went 21-2 at No. 2 singles and shocked Adetunji in three sets to win the county tournament title.

Honorable Mention

Boonsboro — Hannah Froehlich, Cindy Poling; Clear Spring — Dominique Forsman, Anje Garner, Bethani Jenkins, Ashlyn Long, Samantha Michael, Miranda Speak; North Hagerstown — Amanda Breidenstein, Katelyn Goodnaugh, Rachel Greenwald, Mollie Johnson, Rachel Ober, Samantha Roberts, Kelli Wright; Saint James — Candace Yang; Smithsburg — Vanessa Mackley, Emily Seifarth; St. Maria Goretti — Ashley Robinson, Laura Winalski; Williamsport — Sam Kelly.

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