Wright, Bel Air dominate county honors for net play ALL-HARFORD COUNTY TENNIS


C. Milton Wright, with three successful defending county champions, and Bel Air, with strength in numbers, dominate The Baltimore Sun's 1995 All-Harford County tennis team.

The team is made up of the county champions, plus Paul Shearer of Fallston, and the Bel Air doubles team of Rob Carroll and Ryan Nett. Bel Air won the county team title, earning William Torres the Coach of the Year award.

Torres, who came to the county from Puerto Rico seven years ago, is a former professional tournament player, who now limits himself to clinics and teaching at a Bel Air racket club. This was his second year as head coach of the Bobcats.

Erin Updegrove, a Wright junior, won a second straight singles crown; senior Kate Corea (with Maureen Regan) was part of the winning girls doubles team for a second straight year, and senior Alison Beach (with Chris Wilson) was part of the winning mixed doubles team for a second straight year.

Bel Air earned points in each of the five divisions, with two doubles teams placing in each of two separate draws.

The Bobcats won one individual event, as Swiss exchange student Felix Baudenbacher ended Shearer's two-year unbeaten run against county opposition with a straight-set semifinal victory over the No. 1 seed, then defeated Thijs Hielkema, a North Harford exchange student from The Netherlands, in the final.

Completing the team is the boys doubles teams of Mike Clark and Lev Shellenberger from Havre de Grace. They handed Carroll and Nett their only loss in a three-set county final, but the Bobcats avenged the loss in the regional final.

Recognition is accorded Karen Phipps of North Harford, who lost to Updegrove in the county and regional finals.

In addition to Updegrove, Phipps and Baudenbacher, the county was represented in the state tournament by the doubles teams of Carroll and Nett, Corea and Regan, and Beach and Wilson. The last pair joined Updegrove as regional titlists.

Corea and Regan made the best showing, going out in the quarterfinals. Updegrove had match point against Pikesville's Jamie Margolis in an earlier round, but Margolis rallied.

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