The bond within the Westerville Central High School tennis program was evident during the Division I district tournament May 20 at Hilliard Davidson.

The bond within the Westerville Central High School tennis program was evident during the Division I district tournament May 20 at Hilliard Davidson.

Moments after junior Luke Buchanan lost his first-round match to Upper Arlington's Jeffrey Melvin 6-4, 6-3, Buchanan's teammates embraced him to congratulate him on his season.

"What makes it fun is these kids really like each other," coach Brian Arnett said. "They want each other to do well. That's always been a big theme of our program is the importance of a team even though it's an individual sport. Kids many years ago bought into that, so that's been a tradition in our program that kids passed down from upperclassmen to underclassmen."

Buchanan, the program's first district qualifier in singles, finished the season at 20-6.

Buchanan won the first game in each set, but Miller rallied both times.

"There's no regrets," Buch-anan said. "I played my heart out. I did my best. I played pretty well. I was a little flat on a couple things, but for the most part I got beat. I didn't lose my way off the court."

Buchanan finished second in the sectional tournament that concluded May 14 at Pickerington Central and third in the OCC-Cardinal Division tournament that concluded May 10 at Olentangy.

"It's disappointing because obviously we really wanted to get Luke to the state tournament," Arnett said. "He had a great season and he's not done yet. The one thing I don't worry about with him is whether he's going to want it bad enough. He will work harder than anybody out there to get back here again, so that's what makes it fun."

The Warhawks were third in the league tournament with 39 points and had a 4-3 league record to finish behind Dublin Jerome (77, 7-0) and Olentangy Liberty (51, 6-1) and ahead of Dublin Scioto (38, 5-2), Westerville South (19, 2-5), Westerville North (16, 3-4), Marysville (16, 1-6) and Olentangy (12, 0-7).

Central was 9-5 overall.

Arnett will return the nucleus of his team; Blake Byrns is the lone senior. Byrns played second singles most of the season.

Expected back in addition to Buchanan are junior Max Hart, who played third singles, the first doubles team of juniors Kevin Page and Mitra Patel and the second doubles team of juniors Trevor Bartholomew and Evan DiPangrazio.

Page and Patel reached a district-qualifying match at sectional but lost to second-seeded Mitchell Lothes and Alexander Hathaway of Liberty 6-2, 6-2.

•Sophomore Xan Lindow emerged as North's first singles player as the Warriors finished 5-11 overall.

Coach C.J. Simmons will look to replace seniors Kevin Baum, Nick Koleske and Alex Thompson.

Baum played first doubles with sophomore Andy Meyer and Koleske played third singles.

Key players expected back include junior Blake Brewer, who played second singles, sophomore Chad Strahine and freshman Jimmy Evans, who played second doubles, and junior Steve Smith.

A highlight of the season was beating South 3-2 on May 6. North's other OCC-Cardinal wins were over Olentangy 4-1, which was played May 6 following the finish of the suspended match with South, and over Marysville 3-2 on April 26.

"I'm real happy with how things went this season," Simmons said. "We made some good improvement. There are some people that surprised me. They played a lot better than I had expected them to do this year, which has given me a lot of encouragement for next year."

• South finished 8-10 overall.

The Wildcats' OCC-Cardinal wins were over Marysville 3-2 on April 14 and Olentangy 4-1 on April 26.

Senior James Petit played first singles most of the season, but teamed with junior Alex Potts to play doubles at sectional.

Potts also played singles most of the season.

Freshman David Hayman reached the district-qualifying round at sectional but lost to Athens' Alexander Ritter-Jenkins 6-2, 6-0.

Petit is the team's lone senior.

Coach John Fill's team this season also featured junior Logan Geyer, sophomore Daniel Calvert and freshmen Ian Liao, Ross Larkins and Ben Potts.

"We're just a really young team," Fill said. "We played mainly four freshmen and one sophomore all season long. I was afraid we might not win more than a couple matches all year. We lost five seniors (last season) and I thought this would be a real growing year, which it was, but we did better than I thought. We really improved."