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Leonardtown wins fourth straight SMAC tennis tournament title

The Leonardtown tennis team poses after winning its fourth straight SMAC title. (Courtesy of Adam Cropper)

The skies cleared long enough Monday night to allow Leonardtown to finally finish off its Southern Maryland Athletic Conference tennis tournament title and celebrate its fourth straight championship at North Point.

The Raiders clinched the team title on Saturday, but were forced to postpone the girls’ singles, girls’ doubles and mixed doubles finals due to the rain.

The wait was worth it for Raiders Coach Adam Cropper, whose senior-heavy team went undefeated this season.

“The kids are very driven,” he said. “They’re excellent kids and they just want to win. It’s cool to watch.”

Leonardtown finished with 12 points to earn the team title. Huntingtown took second place with eight points and Patuxent was third with four points.

The Raiders reached the finals in every flight except boys’ singles, in which Huntingtown’s Vincent Chandlee beat teammate Kai Tougas, 6-1, 7-5, for the title.

Leonardtown had two sets of seniors in the girls’ doubles finals with Madison Ellis and Grace White edging Sarah Shaw and Melissa Cote, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5.

Seniors Leigh Laurel and Hunter Shelton added to the Raiders’ haul with a 6-3, 6-2 win at mixed doubles.

Huntingtown’s Brendan White and Joseph Keffler won boys’ doubles, 6-4, 6-2, and Patuxent senior Sarah Nepini took home the girls’ singles title with a 6-4, 6-2, win over Leonardtown’s Ruthie Hornbuckle.

The Raiders next play in the region tournament, which begins Friday at North Point.

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Kelyn Soong is a news aide, blogger and reporter in the sports section. He currently covers high school and local tennis and has written about a variety of sports.
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