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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-06-19

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48 FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 1992

Two Tennis Standouts
Going to Maccabi Games

STEVE STEIN

Special to The Jewish News

F

rom high school state
champion to North
American Maccabi
champion in just three
months? That could happen
to two talented teen tennis
players.
Long-time friends Jared
Miller and Brad Dubin, who
captured state crowns at the
Class B high school cham-
pionships May 30, will make
up the Metropolitan Detroit
age 15-16 tennis team in the
North American Maccabi
Youth Games in Baltimore
Aug. 23-30.
They will both play singles
and combine to form a
doubles squad.
It will be the fifth Maccabi
Games appearance for Miller
but only the first for Dubin.
In his previous Games, Miller
earned two gold medals, two
silvers and one bronze. He has
never gone home without a
medal.
"I don't know how I would
compare a Maccabi cham-
pionship to a high school
state championship," said
Dubin. "They're both an
honor to win, but they stand
for different things."
Miller, 16, is completing his
sophomore year at Bloomfield
Hills Andover. He won the No.
2 singles championship at the
state meet with an easy 6-1,
6-2 victory over Eddie Chung
of Bloomfield Hills Cran-
brook-Kingswood.
Dubin also is 16 and a
sohpomore at Cranbrook-
Kingswood. He combined
with Jason Karolak to defeat
Andover's Brad Shulman and
Mick Wierzbicki 6-4, 7-5 for
the No. 1 doubles state crown.
Miller and Dubin were join-
ed in the winner's circle by
another Jewish player, Cran-
brook-Kingswood sophomore
Brian Stewart. The 16-year-
old Stewart beat Rick Gold-
man of Andover 6-3, 6-4 for
the No. 3 singles state title.
Dubin and Stewart helped
Cranbrook-Kingswood win its
sixth straight state cham-
pionship and 12th in 13 years.
Andover, led by Miller, was
the Class B runner-up behind
Cranbrook-Kingswood for the
second season in a row.
Miller, the only tennis
player nominated by Andover
coaches for the school's
Athlete of the Year honors,
has been elected a team cap-
tain for the next year by his
teammates.
"At this point in his career,
Jared probably has as much
potential as any tennis player
I've coached at Andover," said

Jared Miller:
No. 2 champ.

Barons coach Keith Johnson,
who's been at the helm since
1966.
That's quite a compliment
considering Johnson coached
former Andover stars Craig
Wittus, who competed at
Wimbledon and is still playi-
ing professionally, and Chip
Bagley, the No. 1 singles
Class A state champion in
1980.
"Jared is an excellent
baseline player," said
Johnson. "He has the ability
to serve and volley, but he's
not very confident in that
part of his game. He tends to
hesitate. He's working on it,
though.
"Jared has a lot of growing
to do as a tennis player, but
he's a great young player with
all kinds of potential. There's
no question he can play in col-
lege, which he wants to do."
As a freshmen, Miller also
competed in the No. 2 singles
state championship match,
but he lost to Cranbrook-
Kingswood senior Mike
Eugenio after beating him in
the regional finals.
"I was nervous;' Miller ad-
mitted. "Because Mike was a
senior, he also was probably
more motivated to win."
"Kids who have never com-
peted for a state champion-
ship find out that it's a whole
different ballgamer Johnson
said. "There are so many peo-
ple watching you . . . your
family, friends, teammates.
Even kids who have played in
a lot of USIA (United States
Tennis Association) tour-
naments don't have that kind
of experience."
It was a much more confi-
dent Miller who faced Chung
for the state championship
last month. He'd beaten him
in three previous matches

Brad Dubin:
Doubles crown.

this season including a 7-6
(7-3), 6-4 triumph in the
regional finals.
Both Miller and his coach
agreed the state title match
was his best in a year which
included 24 victories and just
two losses. Miller credited the
win over Chung to his
numerous forehand winners,
while Johnson pointed to
Miller's serving.
"Jared served better
against Eddie than he had in
any of the previous three mat-
ches," Johnson said. "When
he was serving, there wasn't
a whole lot of question who
would win the game?'
Anodver had a good season
this year, finishing second in
the Southeastern Michigan
Association, regionals and
state meet. With just four of
10 starters and five of 15
players coming back next
year, the Barons will be look-
ing to Miller for both victories
and leadership.
"The only thing I know for
sure about next season is
Jared will be our No. 1 singles
player unless somebody on
the team can beat him,"
Johnson said. "In this school
district, because of transfers,
you never know who will
move in. But as of now, Jared
is No. 1."
Dubin's championship came
in his first appearance in the
state meet. He and Karolak
lost just three times all year.
"I was surprised there were
so many people watching our
state championship match:'
said Dubin, a Bloomfield
Hills resident. "It was ex-
citing, but it also put more
pressure on me. There's
already a lot of pressure
because you're playing for
your team, not just for
yourself?'

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