By Tom Worgo, firstname.lastname@example.org
9:23 PM EST, January 17, 2013
Gilman's tougest challenge hasn't been the competition, but injury and illness.
Only once this season, the Greyhounds have had their top two players, senior Michael East (mononucleosis) and sophomore Davis Owen (groin), in the lineup together.
Still, Gilman just keeps rolling over opponents in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association because of its tremendous depth.
The Greyhounds improved to a perfect 8-0 in the league Thursday night by beating St. Paul's, 5-2, in Brooklandville.
Five-time defending league champion Gilman was without its No. 1 player, East, who will play the sport at Princeton University next season.
"It's nice to see people stepping up on this team that were on the jayvee last year," said Gilman coach Boo Smith, noting juniors Wilson Caspari, Alex Witherspoon and James Kandel. "And we have been fortunate that we always had some pretty good kids at the top."
The players "at the top" shined against St. Paul's.
Owen (No. 1), senior Grant Lounsbury (No. 2) and Henry Schmidt (No. 3) cruised in their matches."In our first three, there's no question that our boys are a little better skill-wise," Smith said. "Overall, our experience won the first three."
Freshman Josh Park (No. 6) and Kandel (No. 7) also prevailed.
Park beat Bennett Moore, 11-3, 11-3, 11-5 and Kanel topped David Wetzel, 11-7, 7-11, 11-5, 11-9.
St. Paul's Russell Green (No. 4) outlasted Caspari, 16-18, 11-6, 3-11, 11-3, 11-9 and teammate Jack Hamed beat Witherspoon, 11-5, 7-11, 14-12, 4-11, 11-8.
"The thing our kids have to learn is that they can go out and play with these guys," St. Paul's coach Edward Brown said. "The two kids that won today, I don't think they believed they could play with those two guys until they were five, eight minutes into the match. Then, they realized hey, 'We can go with these guys.'"