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All-County Boys Tennis

Berkley Prep's doubles team earns players of the year honors.

By SCOTT PURKS
Published May 24, 2007


Players of the Year: Berkeley Prep’s No. 1 doubles team, sophomore Brian Shim and senior Justin Herzig

Why we picked them: Shim and Herzig went 17-2, ending their run in the Class A individual doubles' final where they lost 6-4, 6-3 to a team from Miami Sagemont that included the No. 1-ranked doubles player in the nation, Zack Hunter. Nonetheless, Shim and Herzig led in both sets and, if not for a point here and there, could have won the title. A classic case of two unselfish athletes becoming more dynamic players when on the court together, Shim and Herzig improved dramatically as the season went on.

Most impressive accomplishments: 1. Getting out of districts, which included defeating a team from Saddlebrook, always a powerhouse on the state level. 2. Reaching the state final and nearly pulling off the victory.

Did you know: Shim and Herzig, who have been doubles partners for five years and have more than 15 secret signals they use on the court, have also been debate-team partners for a couple of years as well. This year, they placed third at the state debate championships.

Quote: "Even though there is a two-year age difference between us, there is no leader-and-follower thing with us, " Herzig said. "We always tried to find a way to get the most out of ourselves by working together. We never, ever had any power struggles."

First team

Michael Alford, Wharton, Fr.

Alford has the potential to be one of the best players to ever come out of Hillsborough County. A dynamic talent with all the shots, Alford helped the Wildcats climb within one point of winning the Class 3A state tournament team title.

Dilip Kamath, Hillsborough, Sr.

Kamath finished off his high school career with a district singles title and a semifinal showing as an individual at the Class 3A state tournament.

Joel Samaha, Plant, Jr.

Another in the long line of talented Samahas, Joel could compete with anyone in the county. He helped lead the Panthers to a second-place finish in the district tournament.

James Vuckovic, Newsome, Sr.

A winner of back-to-back district individual championships, Vuckovic made another strong showing at the Class 2A state tournament.

Mark Wilkie, Jesuit, Sr.

Hampered with a bruised vertebra, Wilkie missed a bunch of matches during the season, but came back in the end to help the Tigers place fourth at the Class 2A state tournament.

Second team

Bryan Beasley, Jesuit, Sr.

Andrew Hersh, Newsome, So.

Macale Smith, Jesuit, Jr.

Tyler Snook, Alonso, So.

Mitch Wong, Wharton, Jr.

Honorable mention

Alonso - Michael Broderick; Bloomingdale - Gregg Forshaw; Brandon - Joshua Schleif; Chamberlain - Alexandr Glumov, Dmitriy Glumov; Freedom - Michael Canencia; Gaither - Spencer Hubbell, Christian Rincon; Jefferson - Allen Jonovitch; Jesuit - Chase Merlin, Josh Wynne; King - Eric Wu; Newsome - Scott Schumacher; Plant - Paco LaPuente; Plant City - Drew Charles; Robinson - Tony Seleznick; Tampa Prep - Alex Hallenbeck; Wharton - David Bastian, Alex Bartholomew, Michael O'Rourke.

Coach of the Year

Marcie Scholl, Wharton

Self-proclaimed "Mama Scholl" unified a deep Wharton team that ended up one-point shy of winning a Class 3A state title. With a talented group returning, Scholl just might make another run with her team toward a state title.