Can an almost completely revamped North Hagerstown boys tennis team that lost four Herald-Mail All-County honorees defend its MVAL Antietam and Washington County Tournament titles?
Which county girls team will emerge as the team to beat? Clear Spring won the MVAL Antietam title last year, and Boonsboro and North Hagerstown shared the Washington County Tournament crown.
Can last year’s girls player of the year, South Hagerstown senior Tinuke Adetunji, place in the top two in Region I and reach the state tournament for the first time?
Will Clear Spring junior Zac O’Neal and senior Megan Crowl — who took second place in mixed doubles in both the county and Region I tournaments to reach states last year — team up for another run come May?
These and many more questions will be asked and answered over the next two months.
Frank McAdoo returns to the coaching ranks with the Warriors — he has previously coached both tennis and cross country at North Hagerstown.
He inherits a girls team with plenty of promise, and it starts with their doubles teams. The No. 1 team, featuring seniors Alice D’Alauro and Erin Scally, won the county title a year ago — beating teammates Sarah Colgan and Ashlyn Hawbaker, who also return for their junior seasons in the No. 2 spot.
“(Alice and Erin) are definitely going to be anchoring our team,” McAdoo said. “Our No. 2 and No. 3 teams are also the same. They should be stronger, more mature, a little more into tennis.”
Senior Samantha Barger moves up to the No. 1 singles spot after playing at No. 2 last year.
Junior Amanda Kerr is at No. 2 singles. The doubles teams are rounded out by sophomores Hannah Froehlich and Cindy Poling at the No. 3 spot.
On the boys side, sophomore Serge Aleshin-Guendel is back at No. 1 singles and senior Richard Hershey is in the second spot. Sophomore Nathan Weirich and junior David Heim are at No. 1 doubles, and senior Andre Nguyen and sophomore Chase Remsburg are at No. 2 doubles. The third spot is undecided.
Coach Lisa Shives has a wealth of talent back on both teams.
On the girls side, Crowl will play at No. 1 singles during the regular season.
“Megan gives her heart and soul to tennis,” Shives said. “She takes lessons a couple times a week. I canceled practice (Friday) and she was up on the courts in a snow squall with the wind chill 28 degrees to try out a new racquet.”
Junior Miranda Kearney gets the nod at No. 2 singles — she finished third with partner Becky Schrimsher in girls doubles at counties last year.
“Last year was her first year playing and she found out she loved it and improved quickly,” Shives said. “She’s earned her way into that second spot.”
Senior Ashlyn Long, who went 17-1 at No. 2 singles last year, will team with senior Bethani Jenkins at No. 1 doubles — Bethani’s older sister, Amanda, took third place with partner Sarah Dice in girls doubles at the state tournament in 2009.