Asmara Faluke-Rose elevated Baltimore County and Randallstown High School to # 3 in the Maryland State High School Girls tennis Championship.
Asmara began the tournament on Friday May 23, in stunning form, defeating her fist two opponents 6/1 6/3; 6/1 3/6 6/. She advanced to Saturday’s semi finals where she met high school senior, Kamille Beischova from Whitman II in Montgomery County.
Although she lost her semi final match, Asmasra took comfort in the fact that this is her first high school tournament and she did her school and County very proud. She did however, have a consolation match, which if won would place her 3rd in the state. As fate would have it, Asmara lost the 1st set of her consolation match, but showed great resilience and determination by coming back and trouncing her competition 1/6, 6/2, 6/3.
A very troubling note to mention about this competition is the obvious bias of the Baltimore Sun in covering the results of the matches. In its online coverage, the Baltimore Sun offered the caption, “River Hill's Zhu and Swamykumar win state tennis championship” (http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/clarksville/ph-hs-river-hills-zhu-and-swamykumar-win-boys-doubles-state-tennis-championship-20140524,0,6293970.story#ixzz32lNSitHa). Unfortunately, they chose to feature only images of the athlete who was defeated by Asmara. They neither featured nor displayed any pictures of Asmara. Also, an alarming and disappointing fact is that the Sun featured 6 pictures of the 4th place athlete in its coverage, yet showed no pictures of the competition’s winner, or the 2nd and 3rd place medalist. Perhaps, neither of these athletes fit the female tennis image mold that is being promoted by them.
Shame on you Baltimore Sun, clean up your act!
Congratulations to Randallstown High School and its Tennis coach Mr. Elder; also, congrats to all participants in the High School tennis tournament. To the winners and medalist, keep striving for greatness; To Asmara Faluke Rose, we say, job well done and thank you! Betam, betam Teru, amesege'nallo!!
May the Power of the Trinity be our collective guide!