Boys tennis: District tournament
Four area singles players returning to state
Four of the six singles players who represented central Ohio in the state high school boys tennis tournament a year ago have earned a return trip.
For the second consecutive year, Gahanna senior Canyon Teague, Upper Arlington senior Stu Little and Reynoldsburg sophomore Cameron Raglin advanced to the semifinal round of the Division I district tournament May 24 at Hilliard Davidson to secure a state berth.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles at district advance to the state tournament May 31 and June 1 at Ohio State.
In second-round district matches, Teague defeated UA’s Brandon Griffin 6-2, 6-2, Little beat Groveport’s Forrest Baldwin 6-0, 6-1 and Raglin defeated UA’s Eric Hunter 6-4, 6-3.
Also advancing was New Albany senior Rathnakishore Giri, who edged Olentangy’s Austin Karbler 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) in his state-qualifying match.
Little plays Raglin and Giri faces Teague in semifinal matches May 25 at Davidson.
“(Little) puts you in tough situations and doesn’t give you a bunch of freebies,” Reynoldsburg coach Mark Mathias said. “(Raglin’s) been playing well. At this point, it’s about taking advantage of points.”
Advancing to state in doubles in Division I were senior Kent Seitz and freshman Adam Seitz of Dublin Jerome, senior Nate Wallace and junior Jeffrey Melvin of UA, sophomores Alex Kobelt and Nick Blair of New Albany and seniors Jack Buchan and Leon Cai of Dublin Coffman.
In the Division II district tournament May 24 at Columbus Academy, the top two finishers in singles and doubles qualify for state.
Worthington Christian junior Joel Montgomery secured his second consecutive state appearance after winning his first two matches in straight sets. He will meet the district's other state qualifier, Watterson senior Ryan Bibo, for the district championship May 25.
Both of Columbus Academy's doubles teams secured a state berth. Senior Abram Schottenstein and freshman Jacob Wareti will face their teammates, juniors Evan Alexander and Ryan Jung, in the district championship match May 25.