Tennis: CdM loaded again

February 26, 2000

Richard Dunn

CORONA DEL MAR - As defending CIF Southern Section Division I boys

tennis champions, Corona del Mar High's Sea Kings realize everyone will

be aiming at them this season.

And it won't just be the teams in their new Pacific Coast League, or

other top contenders in CIF Division I, pointing rackets at them.

This year, with the launching of the CdMHS-Pavilions National High School


All-American Team Invitational, hosted by CdM March 16-18, some of the

best programs in the nation will put a target on the back of the Sea


CdM, which features three nationally ranked players and returns a total

of five from last year's title team, has added two top players -- a

transfer from Texas and an exchange student from Australia.

Of the three players ranked among the nation's best in the boys 16s, one

did not play for Coach Tim Mang's Sea Kings in 1999, when they finished

22-1 and captured the school's eighth CIF team championship in the sport

(but the first in 16 years).

If the proverb about a "strong team not rebuilding but reloading" rings a

bell, it's because the 2000 version of the Sea Kings appears as solid as

ever with juniors Brian Morton, Randy Myers, Peter Kulmaticki, Michael

Bean and Robert Kennedy, and sophomore sensation Cameron Ball.

Add junior Hunter Jack to the mix -- a player ranked 75th nationally and

a former tennis academy student -- and Corona del Mar could rival last

year's star-studded lineup.

"That's what they're shooting for," Mang said. "They're going to see how

close they can come to last year's team, and it's going to be tough,

because last year's team had so much depth."

Led by seniors Parker Collins (USC), Christian Jensen (USC) and Sam

Shahmardi, CdM finished the '99 season ranked No. 2 in the nation,

according to the USA Today.

Corona del Mar was second in the Tournament of Champions at Overland

Park, Mo., which was won by Cardinal Gibbons of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The

team invitational in three weeks, directed by Mang and headquartered at

Palisades Tennis Club, will replace the now-defunct Tournament of

Champions on the national landscape.

"This isn't your average prep event, and it's the beginning of something

giant," said Mang, executive director of the National High School Tennis

All-American Foundation, a nonprofit corporation -- created by Mang --

that will operate the event.

While the Pavilions National High School All-American Team Invitational

will provide plenty of early-season excitement and possibly decide this

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