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Maryland Independent - - Sports B - J. GRIMES PRINCE J. GRIMES PRINCE J. GRIMES AJ MA­SON AJ MA­SON AJ MA­SON

Head coach: Ken­neth Grif­fith (27th sea­son, All-County COY) Last year: 11-2, 11-2 (third in SMAC, sec­ond at SMAC tour­na­ment) Ath­letes to watch: Boys — Ron­ald Stith (Sr.); Girls — Azuri Hughes (Sr., All-County AOY), Mariel San­tos (Sr.) Key per­son­nel losses: Boys — Mar­shal Par­ent (All-SMAC, All-County), Alex La­teulere (All-SMAC, All-County); Girls — Melissa Nel­son (All-SMAC, All-County) Strengths: This group has the where­withal to per­se­vere through mo­ments of ad­ver­sity. This is a tough team with good lead­er­ship at the top and a peren­nial coach of the year can­di­date guid­ing it. Its top sin­gles play­ers, Hughes and Stith, have op­por­tu­ni­ties to com­pete on the state level. Weak­nesses: This is a young team that’s go­ing to have to learn ten­nis re­ally fast. The Charg­ers grad­u­ated a lot of all-con­fer­ence ta­lent, so ex­pec­ta­tions to match last year’s per­for­mance should be tem­pered.

PRINCE Burlack (Sr.), Alex Cat­ter­ton (Sr.), Josh Hur­ley (Sr.); Girls — Madi­son Smith (Sr.), Michal Kat­trell (Sr.), Sarah De­neault (Sr.), Paige Up­right (Jr.) Key per­son­nel losses: Boys — Chris McCormick (All-SMAC); Joseph Na; Girls — Jes­sica Fos­ter (All-SMAC, All-County), An­gelina Cole (All-SMAC, All-County), Kacy Bald­win (All-SMAC) Strengths: The core of this team, all of the play­ers men­tioned above, have been around to­gether for awhile. This group of vet­er­ans have ex­pe­ri­ence, a tight bond, and will be able to lead this team. With ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers, comes con­fi­dence and this team should be able to push through tighter con­tests more read­ily than younger teams. Weak­nesses: The depth of this team, be­hind its core play­ers, are all young and in­ex­pe­ri­enced. If key play­ers have to miss time, who­ever fills in is likely to be some­one still in the process of learn­ing how to play the sport on this level. Boys — El­liot Et­ter (All-SMAC, All-County AOY); Girls — None Strengths: The Rams have high­qual­ity ath­letes. A few of those ath­letes are re­turn­ing play­ers with sin­gles and dou­bles ex­pe­ri­ence, and those play­ers will be looked to for lead­er­ship. McDonough plays with high en­ergy and be­cause the team has de­vel­oped good chem­istry, they com­mu­ni­cate well on the court. Weak­nesses: This pro­gram has a num­ber of new faces, so in­ex­pe­ri­ence will be the big­gest chal­lenge, es­pe­cially early in the sea­son. Head coach: Mike Ser­pone (fifth sea­son) Last year: 5-8, 5-8 (ninth in SMAC) Ath­letes to watch: Boys — Andrew Beauchamp (Sr.), Larry John­son (Sr.); Girls — Sierra Early (Sr.) Key per­son­nel losses: strong, dou­bles will be an area where the Ea­gles need work, along with work­ing on com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Play­ers must work on place­ment with their shots and be­ing more fi­nesse and ac­cu­rate. Head coach: Avan Smith (first sea­son) Last year: 5-9, 4-9 (10th in SMAC) Ath­letes to watch: Boys — Adrian Paras (So.), Eli­jah Hawkins (Sr.); Girls — Katie Fulcher (Sr.), Ari­ana Cole­man (Sr.), Lau­ren Char­ity (Sr.) Key per­son­nel losses: Strengths: pro­gram. While most per­ceive new pro­grams as weak and in­ef­fec­tive, Smith’s outlook on a pro­gram that’s in its in­fancy is that there is noth­ing to lose and ev­ery­thing to gain. Each play­ers from the most ex­pe­ri­enced down to the ex­hi­bi­tion squad wants to win and show up to prac­tice ev­ery day fo­cused.

Head coach: Tom Parker lack of ex­pe­ri­ence will be a process for play­ers to de­velop. Stay­ing in­jury-free will also be vi­tal for Stone and, as the sea­son goes along, the play­ers just want to be com­pet­i­tive in the con­fer­ence that will fea­ture very tough teams.

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