As a four-year letterwinner for the Grove City High School boys tennis team, Noah Bungart got to choose which spot he wants to play in the postseason.
Bungart decided to play doubles with junior Tyler Sander in a Division I sectional tournament Thursday, May 10, and Saturday, May 12, at Pickerington Central.
"We left it up to Noah," coach Ron Smith said. "He's a senior and we let him decide and he wanted to play doubles. It's a good decision. They got a decent draw to get to the district-qualifying round."
Bungart and Sander have a first-round bye and will face Marysville's Jakob Piper and Sameer Parashar or Marietta's Ethan Maxon and Ian Coleman in the second round. The winning team likely will face top-seeded Jack Dabek and Reese Yakubov of St. Charles in a district-qualifying match.
"We're ready for sectional," Bungart said. "Tyler and I are playing together, so how we mesh will be a lot of fun. I came to the decision (to play doubles) pretty quickly because Tyler is one of my really good friends. It will be a good time for the both of us and we can help each other improve at the same time."
Smith also has been pleased with the play of sophomore Kaleb Coakley, who was 7-4 before Grove City played Newark on May 7.
Coakley will face Marys-ville's Joel Sheeley in the first round at sectional.
"I'm looking forward to playing singles (at sectional). Hopefully I do well," Coakley said. "Getting experience last season helped me a lot."
Also in singles, Tyler Faulk will take on Marietta's Eric DeLong and Camden Hix will face Marietta's Justin Sanclemente in play-in matches.
In doubles, Corbin Nickoloff and Bryden Smith will play Pickerington North's Ethan Reece and Theo Miller in the first round.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district May 17 at Hilliard Bradley and May 19 at Upper Arlington.
Last season at sectional, Bungart and Sander went 0-1 in singles and Coakley and Smith went 0-1 in doubles.
Grove City slipped to 6-5 overall with a 4-1 loss to Newark and finished 1-4 in the OCC-Ohio Division. The Greyhounds' league win came against Reynoldsburg, 4-1 on April 10.
"Our league is always tough," coach Smith said.
The Greyhounds tuned up for the postseason by defeating Columbus West 5-0 on May 3.
Winners were Bungart at first singles (6-0, 6-1), Sander at second singles (6-1, 7-5), Coakley at third singles (6-0, 6-0), Nickoloff and Smith at first doubles (6-2, 6-0) and Faulk and Hix at second doubles (6-2, 6-1).
Baseball team begins tourney
The third-seeded baseball team was 17-8 overall before opening the Division I district tournament May 9 by playing host to 36th-seeded Delaware in a second-round game.
The winner plays 16th-seeded Marysville or 32nd-seeded Reynoldsburg in a district semifinal Tuesday, May 15 at a neutral site to be determined.
The district final is May 17 at a neutral site to be determined.
Grove City split a doubleheader May 5 at home, losing to Watkins Memorial 4-1 and defeating Wheeling (West Virginia) Linsly 10-0 in five innings.
The Greyhounds finished 8-6 in the OCC-Ohio. Their game against Pickerington North on May 4 was canceled because of bad weather and won't be rescheduled.
Through 25 games, Nick Erwin was batting .395, followed by Nick Ankrum (.370), Jacob Burris (.348) and Jackson Koethke (.324).
Erwin and Branden Hopper each had a team-high 18 RBI, and Koethke led in runs with 19.
Softball team opens postseason
The ninth-seeded softball team was 17-9 before playing 42nd-seeded Walnut Ridge in the second round of the Division I district tournament May 9. The winner plays 19th-seeded Teays Valley or 30th-seeded Logan in a district semifinal Monday, May 14, at a site to be determined. The final is May 18 or 19 at Pickerington Central.
Below is the coming schedule for the Grove City track & field teams:
May 12 -- OCC-Ohio meet at Dublin Coffman
May 15-16, 19 -- Division I, district 2 meet at Hilliard Darby. The top four finishers in each event advance to regional May 23 and 25 at Pickerington North.