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2013 Boys Tennis Team Capsules

CENTURY

Coach: Scott Booker, 5th year

2012 record: 12-4, 10-4 county

First match: Today at North Carroll, 4

Key losses: Joey Gadberry, Justin Jones, Alex Mason.

Key returners: Jarrett Hoskins, senior; Andy Murosko, senior; Eric Samuels, senior; Danny Wagner, senior.

Outlook: The Knights will look to fill voids left by their No. 1 singles player and No. 1 doubles team graduation. ... Samuels leads a team with five seniors. ... "The boys have been working hard to improve at practice and are looking forward to getting into the season," Booker said via email.

FRANCIS SCOTT KEY

Coach: Michele Romeo, 2nd year

2012 record: 4-14, 2-12 county

First match: Friday at Brunswick, 4

Key losses: Derek Kolb, Kyle Woodworth.

Key returners: Brad Schug, sophomore; Colin Zimmerman, senior.

Outlook: Schug was the county singles runner-up a season ago. ... "The team is full of talented athletes that are aggressive and driven," Romeo said via email. "They have the competitive nature and instincts that every coach wants from their players. ... Zimmerman played for Key's No. 3 doubles team last season.

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LIBERTY

Coaches: Dave Abarbanel, 6th year/ Tim Brecker, 18th year

2012 record: 17-0, 14-0 county (champs)

First match: Friday at Frederick, 4

Key losses: Brian Bartholomew, Matt Hardesty.

Key returners: Drew Beaven, senior; Andy Boyer, senior; A.J. Robbins, senior.

Outlook: Bartholomew and Hardesty graduated after winning the county title in doubles last season. ... The Lions were undefeated county champs last year. ... "We have many key members from last year's lineup returning," said co-coach Abarbanel via email.

MANCHESTER VALLEY

Coach: Tom Davidson, 1st year

2012 record: 8-9, 5-9 county

First match: Today at South Carroll, 4

Key losses: Simeon Boyle, Jake Dolch, Bryan Schusterman.

Key returners: Josiah Boyle, junior; Brad Davidson, senior; Chris Magee, senior; Drew Rose, senior.

Outlook: Magee returns as the Mavericks No. 1 singles player. ... Boyle is the half returning from the No. 1 doubles team. ... "We should get better as the season progresses and our inexperienced players become more accustomed to varsity play," Davidson said via email.

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NORTH CARROLL

Coaches: Vickie Neudecker, 7th year; Lisa Fuggitti, 3rd yeer

2012 record: 4-14, 2-12 county

First match: Today vs. Century, 4

Key losses: Kyle Elliot, Chris Keith

Key returners: Bobby Crumbaugh, senior; Sam Price, sophomore; Jonathon Ray, senior.

Outlook: The team has just three seniors on the roster. ... Top singles players Crumbaugh (No. 1) and Ray (No. 2) return from last year. ... The Panthers will need to replace their top two doubles teams from last season. ... Fuggitti said NC is rebuilding.

SOUTH CARROLL

Coach: Jim Carnes, 35th year

2012 record: 4-12, 3-11 county

First match: Today vs. Manchester Valley, 4

Key losses: Kevin Johnson.

Key returners: Cooper Bowers, senior; Hank Payne, junior; Max Wendler, senior.

Outlook: Girls coach Debbie Eaton said both boys and girls teams should be competitive. ... Bowers is the returning member from the No. 1 doubles team. ... Wendler played on the No. 2 doubles team a season ago.

WESTMINSTER

Coach: Fran McCullin, 32nd year

2012 record: 14-2, 12-2 county

First match: Friday vs. Linganore, 4

Key losses: Alex Fiore, Mark Hardesty, Billy Healy, Brandon Smith.

Key returners: Anour Esa, Corey Fishman, Derek Meckel.

Outlook: Esa and Fishman finished third at districts in doubles last season. ... Freshman Nathan Devereaux and Tate Seibel are two freshman that will be part of the lineup said McCullin via email. ... The Owls only two county losses were to undefeated Liberty last year.

WINTERS MILL

Coach: Andy Mullins, 2nd year

2012 record: 9-8, 8-6 county

First match: Friday vs. Walkersville, 4

Key losses: None.

Key returners: Sebastian Cuenca, senior; Bryan Gieselman, senior; Mike Popielski, senior.

Outlook: Gieselman teamed with Amanda Fewster to win the county mixed double title last season. ... Mullins said the Falcons have five guys competing for the two spots on the No. 3 doubles team. ... The Falcons have an experienced squad with seven seniors on the roster.

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- Compiled by Brian Haines

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