2008 All-Metro tennis teams

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Player of the Year
Alexander Centenari, McDonogh

Centenari was undefeated in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association at No. 1 singles and in McDonogh dual matches. He finished his high school career with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over John Carroll's Tim Lozinak for the MIAA A Conference No. 1 singles championship.

The senior finished second at the Woodberry Forest Invitational tournament in April in Charlottesville, Va., which featured eight teams, mostly from Washington and Virginia. He finished third at the New England/Mid-Atlantic Invitational that had 16 teams from eight states at the end of April. His overall record was 26-2.

"He and [Alex] Sidney teamed at Woodberry to win the doubles championship - their only foray into doubles this season, and a very successful one," McDonogh coach Laddie Levy said.

Coach of the Year
Laddie Levy, McDonogh

Under Levy, McDonogh beat Gilman in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship, ending the Greyhounds' two-year reign as conference champions.

Gilman had beaten McDonogh in the previous two championship matches. Alexander Centenari and Alex Sidney won at Nos. 1 and 2 singles. Gilman was at full strength, with a previously ailing Will Faison joining Jay Barrett at No. 2 doubles, but Jake Lazer and Tommy Sinnott were unfazed, besting them in two straight sets for the Eagles.

The championship is McDonogh's 15th in 22 years.

All-Metro team

Paul Burgin, Pikesville

Burgin is part of a Pikesvilleteam that has won 13consecutive BaltimoreCounty championships.The junior won the individualcounty and regionalchampionship. Burgin alsoadvanced to the state tournamentin College Park,where he was the No. 2seed behind eventualchampion Chris Goodwinof Rockville.

Ben Fass, Friends

Fass, a senior, was undefeatedin the Maryland InterscholasticAthletic Associationexcept for a loss toAlexander Centenari ofMcDonogh, and then in theindividual championshipsto Tim Lozinak of John Carroll.Fass is a four-yearmember of the varsityteam. "He improved hisrecord every year, endingwith an 11-1 record,"Friends athletic directorKeith Wilford said.

John Healey, Atholton

Healey finished runner-upat the Howard Countychampionships and in DistrictV play. The sophomoreadvanced to the quarterfinalsof the state tournament,where he lost toeventual champion ChrisGoodwin of Rockville.Healey, who maintains a3.8 grade point average,plays tennis throughoutthe year, competing in theUSTA Mid-Atlantic Sectionas well as some lower-levelnational tournaments.Healey won the state titlein mixed doubles with partnerJulia Southerland lastyear, but he was enteredinto singles season.

Ryan Kent, Glenelg Country

Kent, a three-year varsityplayer, finished the season14-0. At the MIAA B Conferencen c e tournament a tMcDonogh, Kent won thetournament for the thirdstraight season playingNo. 1 singles. Over his career,the junior is 38-2 andhas won an individual conferencechampionship eachyear. "This year, his thirdyear, my biggest observationof Ryan is that he ...really took the whole teamunder his leadership,"coach Jose Ruiz said. "Hespecifically sought this yearto help the other two singlesplayers improve theirgame."

Tim Lozinak, John Carroll

Lozinak played superblyall season at No. 1 singlesfor John Carroll and finishedthe regular season at10-4. The junior then rolledthrough the MIAA A Conferenceindividual championshipsbefore losing toMcDonogh's AlexanderCentenari in the finals. Lozinakis ranked 28th among18-year-olds in the Mid-Atlantic."In the beginning ofthe season, he was lackingsome confidence," coachGeorge Panion said. "As hestarted playing, he beganto get more confidence. Heplayed steadier. He is stilllearning, and he is going tobe tough to beat next year."

Andrew Lutz, Pikesville

Lutz won an individualBaltimore County championshipfor Pikesville. Thejunior qualified for thestate tournament in CollegePark, where he was anunseeded. Lutz made animpressive run, advancingto the semifinals before losingto eventual championChris Goodwin of Rockville,6-1, 6-0. "Andrew had agreat year, and it was agreat accomplishment forhim to get to the semifinals,"Pikesville coach JerryDresner said after thematch.

Alex Sidney, McDonogh

Sidney, a freshman, wonhis first 60 games at No. 2singles this season. Hisoverall record was 28-1,and he lost just three sets.His only setback was in theNo. 2 singles semifinals atWoodberry Forest, wherehe finished third. At theNew England/Mid-AtlanticInvitational, he won theNo. 2 singles title. He wasundefeated in the MIAA,and the two sets he gave upat Woodberry were theonly ones he lost all seasonuntil beating Gilman'sJames Weiler, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 inthe MIAA No. 2 singleschampionship match.

Sam Wichlin, Mount Hebron

Wichlin was the HowardCounty singles championand the regional champion.He was the No. 3 seed inthe state tournament inCollege Park and advancedto the final, where he lostto state champion ChrisGoodwin of Rockville.Wichlin, a junior, beat NeilSoni of Northwest, 5-7, 6-4,6-2, in the semifinals. He isranked eighth among juniorsin Maryland.

Mike Wilkins, Westminster

Wilkins was a MonocacyValley Athletic League All-Conference selection. Thesenior helped the Owls go10-0 in the Chesapeake Division.He won 20 consecutivematches and went 22-3for the season, including astretch in which he won 40consecutive sets -- a teamrecord. "A tremendoussportsman, respected bycoaches and players alike,"coach Fran McCullin said ofWilkins. He will attendRensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

NOTE // Team selected byTodd Karpovich after consultationwith The Sun staffand area coaches.


Player of the Year
Lindsay Katz, Roland Park

Katz won the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference's No. 1 singles championship. It was the third consecutive year the junior advanced to the finals.

In the prior two finals, she was matched up against last year's All-Metro Player of the Year Annie Wu of Bryn Mawr, who finished her career with three consecutive titles.

Katz is expected to be one of the most dominant players in the metro area again next season.

Coach of the Year
Kate Brendler, Bryn Mawr

Bryn Mawr finished 10-2 and won the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference tournament championship. Bryn Mawr was the IAAM's regular season co-champion with Notre Dame Prep.

This was the third straight conference title and the fourth in five years for the Mawrtians.

Sophomore Erica Choo was runner-up in the conference singles to Lindsay Katz of Roland Park. Senior Jenna Feldman and junior Clare Gottsch upset the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds on the way to winning the No. 2 doubles title, and seniors Gussie MacLaughlin and Maggie Li completed their undefeated season by winning the No. 1 doubles championship. It was Bryn Mawr's first doubles championship since 1998.

Brendler also was named All-Metro Coach of the Year last season.

All-Metro team
Roxann Alban, Annapolis

Alban, a second-year varsityplayer, finished second inthe regionals, losing toMichelle Jordan of Broadneck,to advance to the statetournament. There, thesophomore made it to thequarterfinals before losingto Katelyn Stokes of Eleanor Roosevelt, the eventualstate runner-up. "She is definitelya more solid playerthis year, and her emotionaland mental control of hergame has improved," coachJoanne Foster said.

Brittany Bolster, Liberty

Bolster finished the regularseason 15-0. The senioroutscored her opponents180-16 overall in games. Shewas 7-1 in tournament play,as she won her fourthstraight Carroll County titleand second regional title beforelosing in three sets inthe state tournament to MoriahBurke of Magruder. "Beingthe only senior on thegirls team, Brittany showeda tremendous amount ofleadership both on and offthe court," coach Dave Abarbanelsaid. Bolster will continueplaying next year atShepherd University.

Caroline Capute, Friends

Capute played No. 1 singlesfor the InterscholasticAthletic Association ofMaryland B Conferenceteam and has more than50 wins without a loss, includingseveral matchesagainst A Conference opponents.The senior has wonthe Interscholastic AthleticAssociation B Conference titlefour years in a row. "Shepractices all year long andhas played in numeroustournaments," coach BobCampbell said. "Her undefeatedrecord is impressive."

Katherine Charchalis, Hereford

Charchalis' record duringthe regular season was 11-1at No. 1 singles. She finishedfourth in singles at the BaltimoreCounty tournamentand first in mixed doubleswith her younger brother,Alex, in the regionals. Theylost in the quarterfinals tothe eventual winners at thestate tournament. The senior'sfour-year careerrecord was 71-11. She willplay at Lafayette next year.

Erica Choo, Bryn Mawr

Choo had a stellar seasonplaying No. 1 singles, finishing10-2 in the regular season.Her only losses were toLindsay Katz of RolandPark. Choo kept the momentumgoing into the IAAMA Conference tournament,where she was seeded No. 2and lost in the final to Katz."She will be ready to challengeboth teammate LauraSimmons and Katz next season,"coach Kate Brendlersaid.

Epiphany English, Wilde Lake

English made an impressiverun in the Region Vtournament with an upsetvictory over MarriottsRidge's Haley Katsman, whowon the Howard Countychampionship, before beatingAtholton's Julia Southerlandin the final. Englishadvanced to the state tournament,where she lost toMiddletown's Lindsey Main,who advanced to the semifinals.

Michele Jordan, Broadneck

Jordan had another outstandingseason for Broadneck,departing with a 38-8record in Anne ArundelCounty league play overfour years. The senior wonthe regional title and advancedto the state tournament,where she beat MayaDavis of Bladensburg, 6-0,6-1, in the opening round.Jordan, who was Broadneck'scaptain, lost in thenext round to eventualchampion Katie Schafer ofLinganore. "All players hada great respect for her andher game," coach Mike Hudsonsaid. "She practiced veryhard and was a real fighterwhen match time came. Shewill surely be missed."

Lolita Kachay, Pikesville

Kachay, a three-year varsityplayer, had anotherstrong season. She finishedthird in Baltimore Countyand second in the regionals.The junior advanced to thestate tournament in CollegePark, where she lost to top-seededKatelyn Stokes of EleanorRoosevelt. "She's hadanother strong season for usand has gotten better eachyear," Pikesville coach JerryDresner said.

Fatima Ouattara, Woodlawn

Ouattara took BaltimoreCounty by storm this seasonafter transferring to Woodlawnfrom Florida, whereshe attended several tennisschools. Ouattara, a junior,went unbeaten during theregular season and won thecounty and regional championships.Ouattara beatBarbara Gore in the statetournament before losing tothe third-seed, Liz Kaufmanof Churchill, in the quarterfinals.

NOTE // Team selected byTodd Karpovich after consultationwith The Sun staffand area coaches.

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