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Centennial had a second-place finish in mixed doubles and placed fourth in girls singles in yesterday's state tennis tournament at Essex Community College.

North Hagerstown's Kelly Moler and Zach Tran rallied from a one-set deficit to beat Centennial's Stephanie Knouse and Brian Ruppert, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, for the mixed-doubles title.

Knouse and Ruppert upset No. 1 seed Chiaki Gotoh and Greg Radcliffe (Cambridge-South Dorchester), 6-2, 7-5, in the semifinals.

Gotoh and Radcliffe took a 5-2 lead in the second set and looked as if they were going to force a third, before Knouse and Ruppert won five straight games to win the match and advance to the afternoon final.

"We were coming into the net more and we got our mental games up," Ruppert said.

Pikesville's team of Payton Goldman and Dori Feldman won the girls doubles title, defeating Whitman's Amanda Shaw and Nora Humphrey, 6-3, 6-4.

Pikesville freshman Kelley Margolis, who was seeded No. 1, dropped a three-set decision to Churchill (Montgomery County) junior Julia Kim, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3, in a 3 1/2 -hour singles championship match.

In the morning semifinal matches, Margolis beat Centennial's Becky Knouse, 6-4, 7-5, and Kim beat Annapolis freshman Meghan Cornwall, 6-3, 6-3, to set up the final matchup.

Cornwall beat Knouse in the consolation playoff for third place, 6-2, 6-2.

District II, made up of Montgomery County schools (Magruder, Whitman, Churchill, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Quince Orchard, Walter Johnson and Wheaton), won the overall tournament team title with 27 points, placing four teams in the finals.

District V (Harford, Anne Arundel, Howard and Carroll counties) finished second with 17, followed by District VIII (lower Eastern Shore) with 15.

District VI (Baltimore County) finished with 11 points, all earned by Pikesville.

Whitman's boys doubles team of juniors James Legat and Lukas Lipinski beat James M. Bennett's Mike Leone and Rich Davis, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. Hyon Yoo (Wheaton) won the boys singles title over Stephen Decatur's Dale Cathell, 6-2, 6-4.

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