Holy Cross left little doubt about who is the top team in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference girls' tennis championship. The Tartans (14-0) won six of nine finals en route to victory yesterday at the Tennis Center at College Park.
Holy Cross compiled 39 points, followed by Bishop Ireton (21 points) and Paul VI Catholic (17). Tartans freshman Maria Fuccillo defeated Gabrielle Duncan of St. John's, 10-1, for the top singles title. She then teamed with her sister Angela, a senior, to capture the top doubles title with a victory over Duncan and Alona Sanders, 10-2.
Angela Fuccillo won at No. 2 singles, senior Courtney Radcliff captured No. 3 singles and senior Lindsey Monroe, who lost only one match all season, claimed No. 4 singles for the Tartans. Monroe and Radcliff also captured the No. 2 doubles title.
"We're so proud of our record," said Tartans first-year coach Ali Yagci. "It was so tough because there are so many good teams in the WCAC like Good Counsel and Paul VI. We had some gifted tennis players. They're like rocks. They're unbelievable."
Tied up in Anne Arundel
There are four county champions in Anne Arundel County this soccer season due to two ties last night. The Severna Park girls tied Chesapeake, 2-2, giving Severna Park its sixth county title and Chesapeake its second; and the Broadneck boys tied Arundel, 0-0, with the Bruins claiming their second title and the Wildcats their first. In the girls' game, Severna Park's Samira Ghaffari beat defenders up the middle and deflected a ball off the Chesapeake goalkeeper to tie the game midway through the second period. In the first half, Sam Young scored for the Falcons and Brooke Owen and Sarah Jessilonis scored for the Cougars.
The teams played two scoreless 10-minute overtimes.
In the boys' game, Broadneck's Evan Young and Arundel's Nick Timm combined to make 16 saves in a physical game that left several players hobbling off the field, and others striding off with yellow and red card infractions. "It was a very hard fought game by both teams," Broadneck Coach Sean Tettemer said. After giving up five goals in the last two games, Tettemer felt like his team "needed to come out and have a strong defensive effort. . . . For us to keep Arundel scoreless is quite an accomplishment."
Wilde Lake Wins
The Wilde Lake boys' cross-country team won its first Howard County title in eight years yesterday, finishing ahead of Atholton and three-time defending champion River Hill.
Atholton junior Andrew Revelle won the individual title in 17 minutes 2.47 seconds, but Wilde Lake placed three runners in the top five and two more in the top 26 to amass 58 points. Atholton took second with 64, followed by River Hill (67), Glenelg (118) and Centennial (131).
Wilde Lake senior Travis Boccher took second in 17:21.41, junior J.P. Allera placed third (17:22.20) and sophomore Derek Lange finished fifth (17:36.76).
On the girls' side, Atholton junior All-Met Alison Smith became the third girls' runner to win three consecutive Howard County titles, and River Hill won its fifth county championship in eight years.
"I can't wait until next year," said Smith, who won in 19:29.90 and could become the first four-time county champion next fall. "Winning county championships never gets old."
River Hill, led by freshman Katie Harman (2nd, 19:47), finished with 42 points.
-- Judith Evans, Jon Gallo and Daniel Lyght