It was good to see Gahanna senior Canyon Teague stay healthy the past few months after injuries kept him from enjoying the amount of success he was hoping to a year ago.
Teague did make it to the Division I state boys tennis tournament as a junior, losing in the first round, but his senior season was topped in central Ohio only by Upper Arlington senior Stu Little.
After going through the regular season undefeated and then winning a sectional title, Teague lost his first match this season in a district final to Little and entered the Division I state tournament May 31 and June 1 as a No. 2 seed.
When he saw the state tournament bracket, he had to have smiled just a little bit considering he'd probably run into a future teammate.
Teague was placed in the same portion of the bracket as Lodi Cloverleaf senior Jacob Dunbar, who like Teague will play collegiately for the University of Richmond.
Two wins by both would ensure a matchup in a state semifinal. While Dunbar had no trouble advancing that far, Teague needed three sets to beat Willoughby South's Vince Anzalone 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 to set up the meeting with Dunbar.
Teague then lost to his future teammate 6-3, 6-4, but he gave Dunbar one of his tougher matches on his way to capturing the state title.
It proved to be one of the more memorable moments of the tournament for Teague, who lost to Little in the consolation and finished the season at 33-3.
"(Dunbar) kept the ball in and is really smart," Teague said. "He's been a top national player his whole life. I'm very excited for him winning it and we're both excited to be on the same team together next year."
Dunbar and Teague will become teammates with Dunbar's older brother, 2010 Cloverleaf graduate Ethan Dunbar, who was a redshirt sophomore this year for the Spiders and was a three-time state qualifier.
Little, meanwhile, will play for the University of Pennsylvania.
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