Boys Tennis: Deerfield’s Brown wins singles title at State; Lake Forest claims 3rd-place trophy
Deerfield's Jason Brown reacts after defeating Marian Catholic's Julian Childers in the singles championship at IHSA state meet on Saturday. | Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 1, 2012 7:34PM
When former Deerfield High School tennis star Mike Morrison won four state singles championships from 1983-86, his father Chuck Morrison doubled as his coach.
Dad Morrison was a spectator at Saturday’s state meet at Hersey in Arlington Heights, and what he saw was the second Warrior in program history to capture a state singles title.
Deerfield senior Jason Brown, the top seed, trounced Marian Catholic senior Julian Childers 6-1, 6-2 to cap a 38-4 season.
“Jason’s maturity as a player is one of his biggest assets,” said Chuck Morrison before Brown downed Hinsdale Central freshman Martin Joyce 6-3, 6-1 in semifinal Saturday. “He works the points well and has that patience you need at times.”
Deerfield needed only two entrants to finish in a tie for fifth place (25 points). Warriors junior Toby Ma placed seventh-eighth in singles.
Lake Forest, meanwhile, rode the impressive runs in singles by sophomores Peter Tarwid and Scott Christian to net a state trophy. Coach Corky Leighton’s Scouts tallied 30 points to finish third behind New Trier (36) and champ Hinsdale Central (50). Tarwid placed sixth in singles while Christian finished ninth-12th.
“This team surprised me,” admitted Leighton. “I was hoping top 10 at State, maybe top five. But you know what? These guys deserved this. They really did.”
Right behind LF in the team standings was Stevenson, with 27 points (fourth place). Junior Jeremy Bush, seeded 5-8, topped Joyce 6-2, 7-6 (3) in the match for third place after a semifinal loss to Childers. Patriots sophomore Andrew Komarov and freshman Colin Harvey went 6-2 in doubles in the three-day tournament and placed seventh-eighth.
Highland Park senior Zacko Brint earned his third state doubles medal in as many years – and a different partner was alongside him each year. Brint and classmate Danny Wynbrandt finished sixth after winning two of three matches on Saturday. Brint and David Zak lost in the doubles final at State in 2010. Last spring Brint and Tyler Manci took third.