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May 13, 2014

Fort Hill girls, Mountain Ridge boys win Bi-County crowns

— FROSTBURG — The Fort Hill girls and Mountain Ridge boys added to their championship tennis seasons on Monday by winning Bi-County titles and combining to send 14 players to this week’s Region I tournament.

The Fort Hill girls and Mountain Ridge boys had won Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference championships earlier this year. The Bi-County Tournament held singles play on Thursday but doubles play was postponed by rain on Friday and rescheduled for Monday.

The Sentinels won the girls Bi-County championship with 12 points, followed by Mountain Ridge with five, Southern with three and Allegany with one. The Miners won the boys Bi-County title with 11 points. Fort Hill was second with eight and Northern third with five.

The Bi-County champions and runners-up in each singles and doubles flight qualified for the Region I tournament, which begins Friday at Baker Park in Frederick, with singles play starting at 1 p.m. Nine Fort Hill girls, five Mountain Ridge boys and two Southern Garrett girls earned spots in the regional.

On Monday, Southern’s Alex Miske and Jasmine Francillon won the girls doubles championship. The Ram duo won as the fourth seed, going 3-0 in the tournament and beating second-seeded Danielle Hershiser and Maddi Stepp of Fort Hill in the final 6-1, 6-1. Miske and Francillon had knocked off the top seeds, Mountain Ridge’s Katie Blank and Jessie Smith, in the semifinals.

Mountain Ridge’s Casey Llewellyn and Nathan McCormick were the top seeds and won the boys doubles title in a three-set final against familiar Mountain Ridge teammates, Aaron Beckner and Matthew Clark, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3. The winners had breezed through their first two matches, dropping only two games in the four sets.

Fort Hill’s Marcus Bowers and Abbie Stevens were a dominating duo in mixed doubles. The top seeds, after a first-round bye, won by 6-0, 6-1 scores in the semifinals and in the final. Fort Hill’s Nathan Hoffman and Rachel Alderton were the runners-up.

On Thursday, David Cotton had won the boys singles and Fort Hill’s Haley Wolfe won the girls singles.

Advancing to the regional from Fort Hill are Daniel Thompson (boys singles), Wolfe and Camden Wilson (girls singles),  Hershiser and Stepp (girls doubles), Bowers and Stevens (mixed doubles) and Hoffman and Aldertson (mixed doubles).

Advancing from Mountain Ridge are Cotton (boys singles), Llewellyn and McCormick (boys doubles) and Beckner and Clark (boys doubles), and Southern Garrett qualifiers are Miske and Francillon (girls doubles),

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