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Northeast, Chesapeake Tennis Teams Complete Strong Seasons

Colin Murphy
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May 15, 2018

It was an enjoyable spring for Pasadena’s tennis teams as both the Northeast Eagles and Chesapeake Cougars produced fun and competitive campaigns this season.

Northeast has experienced a huge uptick in participation in the tennis team since the program was taken over by head coach Matt Campbell and assistant coach Tim Stedman three years ago. With the sparkling new tennis facility at the high school and a burgeoning camaraderie within the program, students have come out, played, had fun and stayed playing, helping raise the level of competition all while growing an enjoyable team culture.

“Before we took it over, it was just, come out and hit some balls, show up when you feel like it,” said Campbell before the Eagles’ match with Severna Park on April 19. “Now it’s a legitimate sport at the school, the kids have a great time, and they keep coming back. This year we have 10 sophomores. Our facilities are top-notch. We try to make it fun. It’s treated like a real sport now, not Club Med, and the kids seem to like it better that way, and they learn. Every year we’ve had kids get better and better. And, this is the strongest team we’ve had in a while.”

The Eagles were led by the stellar girls doubles pair of Nichole Fish and Kinlee Bruns, who went 6-5 in the county regular season and made it to the county tournament quarterfinals. Nick Simms recorded two wins at boys No. 1 singles, a spot he has held for two years, and a win playing doubles, and he made it to the second round of the county tournament. Last year, Simms won Northeast’s first boys No.1 singles match in program history as far as Campbell and Stedman know. Tyler Czyz notched two wins as a singles player and one as a doubles player, and he made it to the second round at counties. Hayley Simms posted three girls singles wins, and Sabrina Jackson had a singles win. The boys doubles pairing of Seth Stankeiwicz and Don Keefe Jr. had two wins playing together. Logan Clark and Adrian Cuevas also teamed for two wins despite having never played tennis prior to March 1. The girls doubles pair of Hannah Bartholomew and Emilee Melton had four wins, and the mixed doubles pair of Charles Moody and Carrie Hartzell notched a win together but performed well at counties and ended up qualifying for regionals.

The Eagles recorded team wins over Meade and Glen Burnie, and Campbell and Stedman are looking forward to the continued development of the program. Stedman said he’s gotten lots of interest in the hallways and physical education class, and athletes have come over from other sports, such as football and soccer, as a way to have fun and stay in shape during the offseason of their primary sport.

Said Campbell, “The administration has been super supportive of us, and we have two ball machines so the kids can hit against pace. Tim has been outstanding, and the kids are competitive, playing well and having fun.”

Over at Chesapeake, the Cougars likewise produced a strong season. Chesapeake scored an all-important rivalry win over Northeast on March 28 and kept it moving en route to a 6-5 overall record with wins against Northeast, Meade, Old Mill, Glen Burnie, North County and Southern.

Chesapeake, likewise, had several multi-sport athletes powering the team’s success this year, and a handful of others who produced strong results. Nick Benson was 4-5 at boys No. 1 singles, an incredibly competitive slot in Anne Arundel County. Trace Carleton racked up eight wins and went 8-2 in an excellent showing in the boys No. 2 slot. Maggie Hall was 6-4 at girls No. 1 singles, and Holly Suesse was 7-3 at girls No. 2 singles. Sebastian Beraducci and Zack Suesse went 2-5 at boys No. 1 doubles, and Steve Lu and Chase Hall went 4-4 at boys No. 2 doubles. Allie Jacob and Maddie Hoyer recorded a win at girls No. 1 doubles, and Brittani Flores and Allison Ford also had a win at girls No. 2 doubles. Summer Smith and Matt Kurtz teamed for a 3-3 record in mixed doubles.

The Cougars defeated the Eagles 7-2 on March 28.

Chesapeake head coach Grant Yinger praised the spirit and mentality of his team this spring.

“This has been an excellent group of players who have worked hard throughout the season,” said Yinger. “They enjoy each other’s company and have made this an especially positive season.”

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