Jesse Shivener's stay at the boys tennis Division I district tournament last Friday at Hilliard Davidson was a short one.

Jesse Shivener's stay at the boys tennis Division I district tournament last Friday at Hilliard Davidson was a short one.

Shivener, a freshman at Gahanna Lincoln High School, was ousted in the first round by sophomore Arren Carter of Olentangy Liberty 6-1, 6-0. Carter, the defending district champion, went on to finish second after losing to New Albany's Peter Kobelt 6-1, 6-3 in the final.

"He didn't play well," coach Mike O'Callaghan said. "As politely as I can put it, he didn't step up to the plate."

Shivener had lost to Carter 6-1, 6-4 on April 30, so he knew what awaited at district.

"He really never challenged (Carter) in the sense of making the kid work hard to earn the points," O'Callaghan said.

"There were unforced errors after unforced errors."

Gahanna finished 7-8 overall and was second at 4-1 with 45 points in the OCC-Ohio Division after the league tournament May 10 at home. It placed behind Lancaster (5-0, 51) and ahead of Groveport (3-2, 32), Newark (2-3, 25), Hilliard Darby (0-5, 14) and Westland (1-4, 8).

Gahanna won one court at the OCC tournament, with Will Raybuck and Chris Sanker finishing first at first doubles. Shivener (first singles) and Eric Maedeker and Wes Hebert (second doubles) finished third.

The highlight of the day for the Lions was the title match for Raybuck and Sanker, who came from behind to defeat Lancaster's Andrew Kuttler and Mike Bibler 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. After squandering a 5-2 advantage to lose the opening set, they fell behind 4-1 in the second before rebounding.

Also in singles, Phillip Vail and Scott Eisen lost in finals on the second and third courts.

Vail is the team's only senior. Raybuck, Eisen, Sanker and Maedeker are juniors and Hebert is a sophomore.

"We only lose one senior, so from that point of view it looks like we should come back stronger," O'Callaghan said. "Whether that actually happens remains to be seen."

Shivener finished a team-best 15-6. O'Callaghan said it will be up to Shivener how much more he can accomplish in the seasons to come.

"This wasn't a senior-dominated tournament at all," O'Callaghan said.

"He's going to have to set individual goals for how far he wants to go. He had more wins than anybody on the team playing the hardest spot so clearly he's a strong player.

"Now he had to decide what he wants to do. He's reached a very good level. Does he want to go the next level?"

At a glance

•Record: 7-8 overall, 4-1 with 45 points (second) in OCC-Ohio

•Senior lost: Phillip Vail

•Key returnees: Scott Eisen, Wes Hebert, Eric Maedeker, Will Raybuck, Chris Sanker and Jesse Shivener