The Westerville South High School boys tennis team secured its first outright OCC title by defeating Hilliard Bradley 4-1 on April 30 at Olympic Indoor Tennis Club.
The match was moved indoors because of threatening weather.
South won the OCC-Cardinal Division championship at 6-0, ahead of Dublin Scioto (5-1), Dublin Jerome (4-2), Hilliard Darby (3-3), Westerville North (1-5), Westerville Central (1-5) and Bradley (1-5).
"I'm proud of the kids," coach John Fill said. "They have put a lot of time in and they've worked hard. I give them all the credit. I'm real pleased."
Winning against Bradley were Jacob Kotik 6-0, 6-1 at second singles, Cody Rannebarger 6-2, 6-0 at third singles, Spencer Clark and Ben Potts 6-2, 6-2 at first doubles and Grant Augenstein and Ian Liao 6-0, 6-0 at second doubles.
It also was the first time that South defeated Jerome and Scioto in the same season, Fill said.
The Wildcats defeated Scioto 3-2 on April 17 and Jerome 3-2 on April 10, both at home.
South improved to 12-1 overall by defeating Thomas Worthington 4-1 on May 5. Winners were David Hayman 6-0, 6-0 at first singles, Kotik 6-0, 6-0 at second singles, Clark and Potts 6-0, 6-0 at first doubles and Liao and Rannebarger 6-0, 6-0 at second doubles.
The Wildcats lost to Wellington 3-2 on April 29.
South will compete in the OCC first-place tournament Saturday, May 10, against host Upper Arlington (OCC-Central), Pickerington North (OCC-Ohio) and New Albany (OCC-Capital).
The tournament was postponed May 3 because not all league matches had been completed.
North earns win over Whetstone
North defeated Whetstone 3-2 on May 1 for its second win this season against the Braves.
Winners were Jimmy Evans 6-0, 6-0 at second singles, Vidit Singhal and Sean Stacho 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 at first doubles and Jacob Horton and MgGlenn Etienne 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 at second doubles.
The Warriors are 5-7 overall. They also defeated Whetstone 5-0 on April 11.
Central picks up two victories
Central defeated Newark 4-1 on May 1 and Watkins Memorial 4-1 on April 29.
The Warhawks were 6-8 overall before playing Worthington Christian on May 6.
Against Newark, winners were Jimmy D'Amico 6-0, 6-1 at second singles, Ana Borish 6-3, 6-3 at third singles, Tanner Bush and Bobby Weiler 6-0, 6-1 at first doubles and Conor Davis and Max Ramsey 6-1, 6-3 at second doubles.
Against Watkins Memorial, winners were Mitchell McClain 6-4, 6-1 at first singles, D'Amico 6-3, 6-4 at second singles, Borish 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 at third singles and Bush and Weiler 6-1, 6-1 at first doubles.
The Warhawks lost to DeSales 3-2 on April 30. Winners were Borish 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 at third singles and Davis and Ramsey 7-6, 6-2 at second doubles.