Stags Lose in Tennis Final

DeMatha lost, 4-2, to the McDonogh School in the finals of the boys national prep tennis championships June 8 in Owings Mills, Md. But the defeat was not without bright spots--namely, the victories the Stags received from Jason Lambert and Kenny Roy at No. 3 and No. 4 singles.

Roy and Lambert did not compete in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships because of academic reasons. But they excelled in the three-day, round-robin event that also featured schools from Massachusetts, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

"My parents took me off [tennis] because my academics started to fall and I didn't play in the WCAC championships," Roy said. "It was very hard not being able to play."

DeMatha freshman Dan Rowland willingly ceded his No. 4 singles spot to Roy so he could play in the final against McDonogh.

"I got to play a few matches . . . but I felt Kenny gave us the best chance to win. I told coach [George Thayer] that I would sit out," Rowland said.

Lambert defeated Eric Ottenheimer, 6-2, 6-0; Roy beat Nithen Jayadeva, 6-4, 6-4.

"Because this was my first day back, I was nervous and wondered if my teammates would accept me again. [Dan sitting out] meant a lot to me," Roy said. The Stags finished second in the event for the second year in a row.

Comets Shoot to Hoop Title

The Capital Comets 13-and-under girls basketball team, which recently captured its second straight Maryland State Youth Basketball of America title with a 53-31 victory over the PA Hoopstars, will travel to Kona, Hawaii, for the World Youth Basketball Tournament held Tuesday through June 28.

Four Comets earned all-tournament awards in the tournament held at Catonsville Community College over Memorial Day weekend. Guard Charetta Oliver was named the tournament's most valuable player and guards Samantha Williams and Crystal Johnson were selected to the all-tournament team. Center Erica Pollock received the tournament's "Hustle Award."

After returning from Hawaii, the Comets will travel to the YBOA national championship July 10-17 in Winter Haven, Fla. The Comets, then known as the Run N' Slam Tigerbelles, last year finished second in the event.

3 Largo Athletes Commit

Largo senior track and field athletes Ohita Asein, Raina Marshall and Ikey Chuku signed Division I letters-of-intent. Asein, the girls Class 4A 800-meter state champion, will attend the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Marshall, who finished second in the county, region and state girls 100 hurdles, and Chuku, the county and region boys high jump champion, signed with Temple.

Largo track and field coach Darryl Hamilton said Chuku also will play football for the Owls.