Another year, another county championship.
That seems to be the situation at Pikesville come tennis season. With a score of 39, the Panthers won the Baltimore County tennis tournament for the 13th consecutive season. Rounding out the top five were Dulaney (29), Hereford (28), Franklin (12) and Towson (10). The tournament began Friday and was supposed to end Monday, but darkness forced all girls singles flights to be played yesterday.
Pikesville opened 43 years ago, and the Panthers have claimed 41 county championships since then. The last time they didn't win the county crown was 1995.
But, coach Jerry Dresner said, winning the county is no easy task, especially this year.
"We try to keep the tradition going every year," he said, "but there's other talent dispersed throughout the county."
Pikesville won five of the nine flights and had at least one player in the championship or consolation match in eight of the nine flights.
Paul Burgin won the top boys singles flight, and Andrew Lutz won the second flight. Lutz didn't lose a game in the tournament.
"In my opinion, Lutz is the second-best player in the county," Dresner said. "He just happens to play on our team."
Other Pikesville winners included Misha Razmovsky and Michael Soferenko in the boys doubles top flight, Ryan Maluski and Ted Ehudin in the second flight and Sarah Kahn and Alex Chafitz in mixed doubles.