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Bullis Rallies To Tennis Title With 'Best Day'

By Preston Williams and Stephen A. Norris
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, April 13, 2007

Bullis will advance to the first National High School Coaches Association Boys' Tennis Invitational Team Tournament on April 21 in Cincinnati after winning the event's East Regional last weekend in New Jersey.

Because of weather concerns at the sectional tournament, what was supposed to be a two-day affair turned into a one-day event. One long day. The Bulldogs played their first match at 10 a.m.; their third match ended at 12:30 a.m.

Led by top player Will Beck, Bullis (9-2) beat St. Xavier of Cincinnati in the championship, 6-3, after knocking off defending New York City champion Beacon School, 5-1, in the semifinals. No. 3 junior Chris Seckman, No. 5 Taylor Hairston and No. 6 Doug Silverstein joined Beck as singles winners in the championship.

"We've had great matches and great teams, but this was the single best day ever in the history of Bullis tennis," longtime coach Jack Schore said.

Bullis will host two of the top area public school teams in coming weeks, facing Churchill next Thursday and Robinson on May 2.

Lee's Holston Is No. 2 Nationally

For Lee senior sprinter Sean Holston, the fear of losing overtook all the obstacles weather could throw at him.

On a cold, wet and windy day in Alabama last week at the Mobile Challenge of Champions, Holston blazed to a personal best of 46.77 seconds in the 400 meters -- a time that was briefly tops in the nation.

"I didn't want to lose, I guess," Holston said. "I had some pretty good competition."

That competition included Antonio McKay of St. Pius X in Georgia, who ran 47.16 in the competition and holds two top 10 national times in the 400. Shortly after Holston set the national mark in the 400, Bryshon Nellum of Poly (Calif.) ran 46.02 in a California meet, dropping Holston to No. 2.

Holston also posted a national top 20 time in the 200 at the Mobile meet, winning in 21.58 and taking MVP honors for the meet. All this on the same weekend he committed to run for Florida State next season.

Holston has drawn comparisons to former Virginia prep standout LaShawn Merritt, who won state titles in the 100, 200 and 400 in 2004, for Wilson of Portsmouth, Va., and turned pro after one year of college competition. Holston enjoys such talk.

"I think it's pretty interesting," Holston said. "I guess if I keep up what I'm doing, I can be as good as him someday. That's something to look forward to."

Pallotti Golf Is Young, Unbeaten

The starting lineup comprises two sophomores and four juniors, but the time is now for the Pallotti golf team. After a 12 1/2 to 8 1/2 victory over previously undefeated Severn on Tuesday, the Panthers are 5-0 and are the team to beat in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference.

Sophomore Kevin Poole and juniors Chris Gramlich and Mike Ohm, playing Nos. 2, 5 and 6, respectively, swept all three of their points in the 12-hole match (players earn one point each for the front nine, back nine and overall score). Sophomore Jason Clatworthy, a sophomore, rallied to win the back and overall at Chartwell Golf and Country Club.

"Kevin, Jason and Chris have been our stalwarts so far," said Coach Pat Poole, Kevin's father. "So far, they've won all their matches."

Pallotti lost to eventual B Conference champion Annapolis Area Christian by one point in last year's playoffs; the teams meet again on Monday at Glenn Dale.

Staff writer Josh Barr contributed to this report.


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