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All-Pinellas County boys tennis team

Boys

Player of the year

Edward Corty, Jr., St. Petersburg

Why we picked him: In the individual singles bracket at the Class 4A state tournament, Corty knocked off the No. 2 seed in straight sets in his opening match and survived a grueling, three-set semifinal to reach the championship before winning the title in a 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-4) nail-biter over his opponent from Lake Brantley. Corty has been a fixture at the top of the Green Devils lineup for three years now, and in that time the team has captured three district titles. This season, the Green Devils completed an undefeated regular season and advanced to the region semifinals.

Most impressive accomplishment: A player who can win games from the baseline or at the net, Corty rolled through the regular season without dropping a match. He continued scorching the nets at district, winning his first individual title after playing in the final as a sophomore. He teamed with Robert Perry to capture the district doubles title as well. Corty lost just two matches all year in singles, both to the same player.

Did you know? Corty is also an excellent student and carries a 3.85 unweighted grade-point average in St. Petersburg's International Baccalaureate program. Corty said he is working toward earning a tennis scholarship and lists the Ivy League schools and Georgetown as his top choices. First team

Michael Beiler, Jr., Dunedin Two-time defending district (3A-7) champion for singles and doubles
Garrett Betsarakis, Jr., Shorecrest Led the Chargers to a seventh-place finish (Class A) at state
Miles Holvoet, Fr., Canterbury Relentless youngster guided the Crusaders to their first playoff berth since 2001
Ricky Symanski, Jr., Clearwater Central Catholic Won his first district (A-9) title to advance to the state tournament
David Teytelbaum, Fr., Palm Harbor University Took over the No. 1 spot for the Hurricanes this season and shined

Second team

Luke Burton, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic

Dan Lang, Sr. Seminole

Nathan Lord, So., Palm Harbor University

Philip Novikov, Sr., St. Petersburg

Nick Voce, Sr., Lakewood

Honorable mention

Canterbury: Evan Holvoet

Clearwater: David Hopp

Clearwater Central Catholic: Andreas Lazaro

Gibbs: Juan Munoz

Osceola: Michael Detsis

St. Petersburg: Robert Perry

Seminole: Adam Norris

Shorecrest: Brendan East

Coach of the year

Woody Every, Shorecrest In his first season as head coach, Every led the Chargers to district and region championships and its third straight appearance at state.

All-Pinellas County boys tennis team 05/15/10 [Last modified: Saturday, May 15, 2010 10:32pm]
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