CASSELBERRY -- For a few disconcerting moments, Shaun Berman had to wrestle with the notion that he might have conserved his energy too well.
Two games from a quick exit in Tuesday’s individual final of the Class 1A boys’ tennis singles, the Miami Country Day junior turned on the reserves just in time to scrap his way back in the second set against Andrew Dykeman of St. Andrew’s.
Another hour later, it was Berman who survived with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 triumph at Red Bug Lake Park.
“If I was going to go down,” he said, “I was going to go down fighting. I had to really tell myself I can’t lose this right now. I really wanted to win.”
Berman, who came into the week targeting a rematch against Sagemont’s Jake Albo, got his wish when Albo won the No. 1 singles final in helping the Lions to their second 1A team title in three years.
A year ago, Albo was a 6-0, 6-0 winner for the overall singles crown. The two certainly are familiar with each other, training together at the Bill Clark Tennis Academy in Cooper City.
“I have to go in believing I can do it,” Berman said.
Ransom Everglades finished runner-up in the 1A girls’ competition, dethroned by a strong Delray Beach American Heritage performance that produced three singles champions and the duo of Rasheeda McAdoo and Mia Horvit adding a doubles crown.
American Heritage finished with 15 of a possible 21 points in the tournament, four ahead of the Eagles.
Ransom claimed the other two singles titles, with Claudia Mackenzie winning the No. 3 flight and Vivien Fernandez taking the crown at No. 5. They entered the doubles semifinals still with a mathematical chance to tie Heritage, but fell short when Allegra Hanlon and Lindsey Mendelson lost in three sets.
“I’m proud of my girls for hanging in,” Ransom coach Peter Lehmann said. “We came up a little short, but we didn’t quit. We gave the best effort we possibly could.”
Heritage claimed its first team crown since 2010, when it won all five singles divisions. Though McAdoo and others won individual titles during the interim, they struggled to get through regionals with McAdoo and Horvit away at the Easter Bowl tournament.
McAdoo will play for the girls’ overall singles title against Westminster Academy’s Courtney Meredith, who won the individual bracket with a straight-sets final over Jupiter Christian’s Kylee Shipley.
Boys — Sagemont 13, St. Stephen’s Episcopal 11, All Saints’ Academy 11, Trinity Prep 6, Ransom Everglades 3, Pensacola Catholic 2, Jacksonville Episcopal 2, Benjamin School 1. Singles — No.1: Jake Albo (Sage) def. Bernardo Sanson (SSE), 6-1, 6-4. No.2: Thomas Hughes (AS) def. William DeQuant (SSE), 6-3, 6-1. No.3: Holleman Hughes (AS) def. Miles Saffran (TP), 6-3, 6-0. No.4: Chris Tasker (Sage) def. Chris Chew (TP), 6-1, 6-1. No.5: Brian Berdusco (SSE) def. Austin DeBruyne (Sage), 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Doubles — No.1: Devon Pate/Thomas Hughes (AS) def. Jake Albo/Camilo Escobar (Sage), 6-1, 6-4. No.2: Zachary Bessette/Brian Berdusco (SSE) def. Andrew Quiros/Austin DeBruyne (Sage), 6-1, 6-0.
Individual final — Shaun Berman (Miami Country Day) def. Andrew Dykeman (St. Andrew’s), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Girls — American Heritage-Delray 15, Ransom Everglades 11, Windermere Prep 5, Pensacola Catholic 5, Out-of-Door Academy 5, Carrollwood Day School 4, St. Edward’s 3, P.K. Yonge 1. Singles — No.1: Rasheeda McAdoo (AH) def. Sara Swift (SE), 6-0, 6-3. No.2: Mia Horvit (AH) def. Maria Ross (OOD), 6-4, 6-1. No.3: Claudia Mackenzie (RE) def. Dominique Mortier (AH), 6-4, 6-1. No.4: Angelica Blake (AH) def. Heather Boehm (RE), 6-2, 6-0. No.5: Vivian Fernandez (RE) def. Casey Brynjolfsson (CDS), 6-1, 6-2. Doubles — No.1: Rasheeda McAdoo/Mia Horvit (AH) def. Kallie Erickson/Lucy McLaurin (PC), 6-2, 6-2. No.2: Hannah McGee/Hannah Rosenfield (WP) def. Claudia McKenzie/Heather Boehm (RE), 6-4, 0-1 (ret.).
Individual final — Courtney Meredith (Westminster Acad.) def. Kylee Shipley (Jupiter Christian), 6-2, 6-1.