Jarkowski sees rare score en route to city singles title

The Baltimore Sun

If you looked strictly at Poly's Eric Jarkowski's final score in the Baltimore City tennis championships, you would think the freshman had had a remarkable day. He won the singles title over teammate Joseph Pate, 6-1, 6-1.

For Jarkowski, it was actually an off-day. Before the championship match, he hadn't lost a game all season.

"I don't anticipate anyone in the city beating him in the next four years unless some other phenom comes along," Poly tennis coach Wade Gibson said. "He's coming in with some great skills. You can tell he has had some lessons and he puts in a great deal of time in practice."

Jarkowski wasn't the only successful Poly player. Kirsten Spence and Jamie Fleet won the girls doubles title, 6-2, 6-2, over Digital Harbor's Whitney Knofski and Marie Almujeula.

"Everyone's looking really strong right now," Gibson said. "Jamie and Kirsten are really strong singles players. They've played in tournaments before and they're looking pretty strong, and we're expecting big things from them."

The City team also had a big day, with Zoe Rammelkamp defeating Western's T.C. Ellis in girls singles, 6-1, 6-0. Adam Stokes and Henry Waldron beat Banks' Deonta Johnson and Isiah Scott in boys doubles, 6-2, 6-4.

Banks' Chimeila Ward and Edwin Nwachukwu won the mixed doubles title over Poly's Niya Summerville and Warner Lai, 6-2, 6-4.

McDonogh boys lacrosse -- Before the Eagles' Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference finale Friday - a 9-6 victory over Mount St. Joseph - the team held a ceremony for Matt Cowdrey. Cowdrey, an attackman with McDonogh who graduated in 2003, drowned while he was a student at McDaniel College. Eagles captains Tyler Fiorito, K.C. Woods, Tyler Goldberg and Brian Hess presented framed No. 24 home and away jerseys to Matt's parents, Roy and Dael, and the number will be retired at McDonogh. "He was a wonderful young man," Eagles athletic director Mickey Deegan said. "He was a great kid in the classroom and well liked by his peers and teachers. As a lacrosse player, he was a great attackman and one of our best offensive players. He always had a smile on his face, and he was one of those kids that was very humble."

All-America Lacrosse Classic -- The coaches for the third Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic have been selected. McDonogh boys coach Scott Corrigan will coach one of the boys teams and John Carroll girls coach Krystin Porcella will coach one of the girls teams. The event, July 12 at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium, features the top 44 senior boys and girls in the country playing in separate all-star games.

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