Boys tennis: All-Metro team

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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.

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