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Parks, Gunther each net two Chesapeake College titles
Willis wins one doubles title while appearing in two finals

WYE MILLS North Caroline High junior Madison Parks and Queen Anne's County High senior Shanon Gunther each claimed two championships Sunday in the Chesapeake College Junior Tennis Open, with the pair combining for five title-match appearances.

Parks won the girls' singles title and partnered with Cambridge-South Dorchester High sophomore Brooke Davidson to claim the girls' doubles crown. She also reached the mixed doubles final with North Caroline teammate Alex Willis, losing to Gunther and Queen Anne's County High's Lindsey Rekstis in the championship match.

"I think my feet are going to fall off," Parks said after the mixed doubles final her eighth match in less than 30 hours. "I love to play it's so much fun. I look for tournaments all over the place."

While Parks went 7-1 playing in three draws, Gunther won all six of the matches he was involved in over the weekend. Gunther claimed the boys' singles title with a 6-2, 6-2 win over second-seeded Avery Zuber, a Gunston Day School sophomore who won the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference boys' singles title last spring.

"I was just trying to keep the ball in play and give myself a chance to win on every point," said Gunther of his tournament strategy.

Gunther and Rekstis, seeded fourth in their first doubles tournament together, knocked off top-seeded Kaytee Carmean and Michael White of North Caroline High, 6-2, 7-5, in a Saturday semifinal and then rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over the second-seeded Parks-Willis tandem.

"Shanon and I know each other pretty well, so I think that makes it easier playing (for the first time) together," said Rekstis.

Willis, who reached the mixed finals with Parks, won the boys' doubles title with North Caroline teammate Cory Mansaray. They defeated Kishan Patel and Ronnie Warden, 6-0, 6-0, in the boys' doubles final.

The top-seeded Parks successfully defended her girls' singles title with a 6-1, 6-3 win over the third-seeded Carmean in a match that Parks said was closer than the final score.

"It's always a good match when we play each other," said Parks, who reached the girls' singles final with a 6-0, 6-0 win over North Caroline High teammate Jessica Zaki.

Carmean, meanwhile, participated in one of the most compelling matches of the tournament, pulling out a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 semifinal win over the second-seeded Davidson, who beat Carmean twice last spring during Bayside Conference play.

"I knew one of the reasons she (Davidson) beat me before was I wasn't very patient," said Carmean. "This time I hit at the same speed she was hitting and only went for a winner on the right ball."

Parks and Davidson dominated the girls' doubles draw, losing just one game in two matches.

Kent Island High's Charlie Poe won the boys' singles consolation tournament title, losing only two games in his two matches. He claimed a 6-1, 6-0 win in the consolation finals over Ethan Wing, who reached the consolation finals with a 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 marathon win over Gunston Day School's Dylan Ferrell.

"I basically try to win with defense, just move my opponent around and let him make the mistakes," said Poe, a senior who played fourth singles for Kent Island High last spring.

Easton High's Lyn Midcap claimed the girls' consolation singles championship by winning three straight-set matches, including a 6-1, 6-0 victory in the consolation finals over Sonya Walker, who had been the fourth seed in the main draw.

Saturday's Results

Girls' singles first round
Adams d. Bickerton, 6-1, 6-0
Zaki d. Rendell, 6-3, 6-4
Scudder d. Mayhew, 6-4, 6-2
Midcap d. Kinnish, 6-0, 6-0

Boys' singles quarterfinals
(1) Gunther d. Walker, 6-0, 6-0
(4) Willis d. Ferrell, 6-3, 6-1
(3) Dajani d. Wing, 6-3, 6-1
(2)Zuber d. Poe, 6-1, 6-1

Girls' singles quarterfinals
(1) Parks d. Adams, 6-0, 6-1
Zaki vs. (4) Walker, 6-1, 6-1
(3) Carmean d. Scudder, 6-3, 6-1
(2) Davidson d. Midcap, 6-1, 6-0

Boys' singles semifinals
Gunther d.Willis, 6-0, 6-0
Zuber d. Dajani, 6-3, 6-1

Girls' singles
Consolation tournament quarterfinals
Scudder d. Bickerton, 6-3, 6-2
Walker d. Kinnish (default)
Midcap d. Rendell, 6-0, 6-4
Adams d. Mayhew, 7-5, 6-3

Girls' doubles play-in
Adams-Cooper d. D'Ambrosio-Moore vs. Adams-Cooper, 6-3, 6-3

Mixed doubles quarterfinals
(1) Carmean-White d. Bickerton-Wing, 6-1, 6-0
(4) Gunther-Rekstis d. McCain-Bugas, 6-0, 6-2
(2) Parks-Willis d. Zaki-Dajani, 7-5, 6-1
Wheatley-Kamsheh d. (3) Walker-Walker, 6-0, 6-4

Girls' doubles semifinals
(1) Parks-Davidson vs. Adams-Cooper, 6-0, 6-1
(2)Zaki-Scudder d. Mayhew-Tondin, 6-3, 6-3

Mixed doubles semifinals
Gunther-Rekstis d. Carmean-White, 6-2, 7-5
Parks-Willis d. Wheatley-Kamsheh, 6-3, 6-3

Sunday's Results

Girls' singles
Championship semifinals
Parks d. Zaki, 6-0, 6-0
Carmean d. Davidson, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5

Consolation semifinals
Walker d. Scudder, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
Midcap d. Adams, 6-3, 6-2

Boys' singles
Consolation semifinals
Poe d. Walker, 6-0, 6-1
Wing d. Ferrell, 6-7 (8-6), 7-5, 6-2

Girls' singles
Championship finals
Parks d. Carmean, 6-1, 6-3

Consolation finals
Midcap d. Walker, 6-1, 6-0

Boys' singles
Championship finals
Gunther d. Zuber, 6-2, 6-2

Consolation finals
Poe d. Wing, 6-1, 6-0

Girls' doubles
Championship finals
Parks-Davidson d. Zaki-Scudder, 6-0, 6-0

Boys' doubles
Championship finals
Willis-Mansaray d. Patel-Warden, 6-0, 6-0

Mixed doubles
Championship finals
Gunther-Rekstis d. Parks-Willis, 6-1, 6-0

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