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Bobcats Capture First-Ever AMCC Championship
04/21/2001

Altoona, Pa. ... Frostburg State swept all six singles championship matches en route to winning its first-ever Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title Saturday afternoon at the Briar Athletic Club.

The Bobcats scored 30 out of a possible 52 points to outdistance Penn State Altoona, which scored 18 points. Penn State Behrend finished third with four points, while Pitt-Greensburg failed to score a point and placed fourth.

Sophomore Gene Cutter captured the No. 1 singles flight title with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Altoona's Kent Lane to improve to 15-0 on the year. Cutter, who easily defeated Dave Cooper of Penn State Behrend, 6-1, 6-0, in the semifinals, was named the AMCC Player of the Year for the second straight season and claimed first-team all-conference honors.

Freshman Jacob Cook won the No. 2 singles flight crown after posting a 6-2, 6-0 win in the first round and a 6-3, 7-5 victory in the final. Cook was named the AMCC Rookie of the Year.

Cutter and Cook paired for an 8-3 win over Cooper and Brent Carlson on Behrend to take home the No. 1 doubles flight championship. The duo improved to a perfect 15-0 on the year and garnered first-team All-AMCC honors.

Freshman Justin Stephens rallied for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 win over Penn State Altoona's Scott Kowaleski to capture the No. 3 singles title. Stephens, who is also undefeated at 15-0 on the season, knocked off Ian Brendle of Penn State Behrend, 6-1, 6-1, in the semifinals.

Junior Terence Killen downed Penn State Altoona's Wes Frank, 6-2, 6-1, to win the No. 4 singles championship. Killen defeated Pitt-Greensburg's Puneet Mehorta, 6-0, 6-1, in the semifinals.

Stephens and Killen teamed for a runner-up finish at the No. 2 doubles. The tandem turned in an 8-2 win in the semifinals before being edged, 8-5, by Lane and Frank of Penn State Altoona in the final. Stephens and Killen were named to the All-AMCC second team.

Senior Chip Boling earned All-AMCC first team honors after defeating Altoona's Matt Hughes, 6-1, 6-0, to win the No. 5 singles title. Boling turned in a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Pitt-Greensburg's Brian McNamara in the semifinals.

Junior David Butler, who received a bye into the finals, defeated Altoona's Chris Gregorich, 6-4, 6-1, to win the No. 6 singles flight as well as All-AMCC first team honors.

Freshman Gary Lyst and junior Sean Shillinger earned second-team All-AMCC accolades after their runner-up finish at No. 3 doubles. The tandem was edged, 8-6, by Penn State Behrend in the finals.

FSU head coach Lonnie Athey was voted the AMCC Coach of the Year after sharing the honor last season.

The Bobcats return to action on Wednesday when they host Bethany (W.Va.) at 3:00 p.m.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu