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All-County Tennis: Shives keeps Blazers on winning path

June 09, 2013|By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com
  • Clear Spring's Lisa Shives is the 2013 Herald-Mail Washington County Tennis Coach of the Year.
Clear Spring's Lisa Shives is the 2013 Herald-Mail Washington County Tennis Coach of the Year.

If Lisa Shives had her way, somebody else would have been the 2013 Herald-Mail Washington County Tennis Coach of the Year.

Maybe it would have been North Hagerstown’s Kevin Reynolds, whose Hubs had another highly successful season.

Maybe it would have been South Hagerstown’s Jason Kamler, who directed the much-improved Rebels’ girls team to its best season in many years.

Maybe it would have been Williamsport’s Josh Grace, as the Wildcats’ boys contended for the MVAL Antietam title.

“The county on the whole produces some quality teams,” Shives said. “Nothing’s ever a cakewalk, for sure.”

But the numbers don’t lie, and the numbers — for the fifth time in six years — made the case for Shives above the others for coach of the year honors.

Clear Spring’s girls finished undefeated (14-0) in dual-meet matches for the second straight season, winning the Antietam title. They’ll open the 2014 season with a 30-match winning streak.

The Blazers’ boys went 11-2 in dual-meet matches, finishing second in the Antietam to North Hagerstown.

Clear Spring capped its success this season by sweeping the boys and girls team titles at the Washington County Tournament for the third straight year.

“I’m honestly very proud of them,” Shives said. “When I think back on it, I didn’t have to tell the kids one time to work hard, they came to play every night. That makes it quite a pleasure to coach, when you have kids giving it their all day in and day out.”

The Blazers’ teams finished with a combined 25-2 record, winning 129 of 172 matches (75 percent).

That was enough for Shives to edge Reynolds for the award. Reynolds’ Hubs finished with a combined 26-6 record — the boys were 15-1 and Antietam champions — and won 132 of 189 matches (70 percent). North also took second place in the Region I co-ed team standings, the best finish by a county team.

Shives gave credit to her coaching staff, including teacher/paid assistant Jason McMillan and volunteers Jeff O’Neal and Kathy Snyder.

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