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Boys and girls tennis tournament breakdowns

By RODNEY PAGE, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 14, 2002

Matches are Monday and Tuesday. Singles quarterfinals and semifinals, and doubles quarterfinals are Monday. Finals are Tuesday. Admission is free.

Winners at No. 1 singles and doubles automatically advance to the state championships April 22-26 if their teams are not district champions. Teams that win district championships will play in a regional tournament Friday against another district champion.

CLASS 4A, DISTRICT 5

WHERE: St. Petersburg Tennis Center (650 18th Ave. S)

WHEN: Monday -- 8 a.m.; Tuesday -- 9 a.m.

TEAMS: Chamberlain, Gaither, Hillsborough, Leto, Palm Harbor University, Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg, Wharton

GIRLS OUTLOOK: Palm Harbor U. has a shot and Wharton could be Tampa's best threat.

BOYS OUTLOOK: St. Petersburg, with Alamgir Wali leading the way, could win the championship. Palm Harbor U. will be a threat and Wharton is the top Hillsborough team.

CLASS 3A, DISTRICT 9

WHERE: East Lake Woodlands Country Club (1055 East Lake Woodlands Pkwy)

WHEN: Monday -- 9 a.m.; Tuesday -- 9 a.m.

TEAMS: Clearwater, Countryside, Dunedin, East Lake, Largo, Tarpon Springs

GIRLS OUTLOOK: Countryside is unbeaten in the regular season with wins over each district team. The Cougars are clearly favored. East Lake will have to play well, but should come in second. Clearwater is the likely third-place team.

BOYS OUTLOOK: East Lake is gunning for a state championship and the district tournament probably won't be a road block. Dunedin has had a great season and could be the spoiler.

CLASS 3A, DISTRICT 10

WHERE: McMullen Tennis Center (1000 Edenville Ave., Clearwater)

WHEN: Monday -- 9 a.m.; Tuesday -- noon

TEAMS: Boca Ciega, Dixie Hollins, Gibbs, Lakewood, Northeast, Seminole

GIRLS OUTLOOK: Seminole is the front-runner with players such as Amanda Yogus, Desiree Collins and Courtney Koch. Lakewood will give the Warhawks a challenge with top player Kaela Kennedy.

BOYS OUTLOOK: It's Seminole and everybody else. The Warhawks are the only team with a winning record.

CLASS 2A, DISTRICT 11

WHERE: Hillsborough Community College, Tampa

WHEN: Monday -- 9 a.m.; Tuesday -- 9 a.m.

TEAMS: Blake, Sarasota Booker, Jesuit, Osceola, Palmetto, Robinson, Bradenton Southeast, Academy of the Holy Names, Tampa Catholic

GIRLS OUTLOOK: Bradenton Southeast and Tampa Catholic should be strong contenders. Tampa Catholic's Amanda Gutierrez is the No. 1 singles favorite. Osceola has not had a good season and will likely not advance.

BOYS OUTLOOK: Tampa Jesuit is loaded and clearly the team to beat. Tampa Catholic is also solid. Osceola will have trouble in this district.

CLASS A, DISTRICT 9

WHERE: The Racquet Club of St. Petersburg (170 47th Ave NE)

WHEN: Monday -- 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday -- 8:30 a.m.

TEAMS: Admiral Farragut, Canterbury, Clearwater Central Catholic, Indian Rocks Christian, St. Petersburg Catholic, Shorecrest

GIRLS OUTLOOK: Indian Rocks Christian should make a run at the championship. Shorecrest will need its depth to come through. Shorecrest's Kelly Nelson should advance as the No. 1 singles player.

BOYS OUTLOOK: Shorecrest is good, with players such as Christian Yepes, Jon Bonner and Jared Abelman. Canterbury's Marc Sawyer will make a bid to be the No. 1 champion.

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