As one of four seniors on the Grove City High School boys tennis team, Josh Riggs is looking forward to a successful final season with the Greyhounds.

As one of four seniors on the Grove City High School boys tennis team, Josh Riggs is looking forward to a successful final season with the Greyhounds.

But because three sophomores and three freshmen will dot the lineup, Riggs has been tasked with doing more than just winning.

"There's been a lot of re-training and more preparing for following years than (it being about) just necessarily having a great season this year," said Riggs, who alternated between varsity and junior varsity last year. "It's more teaching the other players who aren't quite to our level yet. ...

"It's a lot different, because last year I was the one being taught. To pay it back is pretty neat."

With sophomore Noah Bungart, junior Sam Bennett and freshman Garon Milino playing first, second and third singles, respectively, to start the season, Grove City was 1-0 overall and in the OCC-Ohio Division before playing Groveport on April 12.

Bennett and Bungart are the only full-time holdovers from last year, when the Greyhounds went 10-5 overall and 4-3 in the league, finishing fourth behind champion Pickerington North (7-0). Bennett played doubles, and Bungart was at third singles.

Bungart moved up to first singles when junior Braeden Kennedy moved to Lancaster.

"It's a whole new team, basically," 14th-year coach Ron Smith said. "We knew Noah would be playing first singles. He put a lot of work in this year. He was really consistent at (third singles) last year and won a lot of matches. His game has become a lot more aggressive. He is attacking the net. I am happy with what he's put in."

Bungart said he quickly embraced his new role.

"It's definitely more difficult, but it also gives you more competition and it makes you improve your game," Bungart said. "I have a lot of pressure on me, but it feels good to be assigned this role."

Senior Jordan Baker and Riggs played first doubles in a 5-0 win at Reynoldsburg on April 5. Sophomore Nick Rohr and freshman Tyler Sanders were at second doubles.

"We originally started Sam at first doubles, but he has been playing so well and challenging Noah at times that we moved him to (second singles)," Smith said.

Rounding out the roster are seniors John Boehm and Davis Brode, junior Dominick Pizzurro, sophomore Shane Allen and freshman Darshan Patel.

Bad weather affected the Greyhounds' schedule through the first two weeks. Their original opener March 31 at Pickerington North was postponed to April 26, and their scheduled home opener April 7 against Lancaster was postponed to May 6.

Doudna, Price return for Comets

Led by seventh-year coach Dusty Rhodes, Central Crossing returns two players from last year's lineup in seniors Luke Doudna and John Price.

Doudna was the Comets' first-singles player last year and played doubles his freshman and sophomore seasons. Price has played doubles the past three years.

The Comets were 0-1 overall and in the OCC-Central before playing Hilliard Davidson in their home opener April 12.

Central Crossing lost its season and league opener 5-0 at Olentangy Liberty on April 5. Scheduled home matches against Groveport on April 6 and Jonathan Alder on April 8 were postponed because of bad weather.

Against Liberty, Doudna played first singles, ahead of sophomore Ethan Wright at second singles and freshman Owen Yoakum at third singles. Senior Blake Luebben and Price played first doubles, and sophomores Bradley Keener and Jason Pauquette were at second doubles.

Rounding out the roster are seniors Gabriel Keeler and Andrew Price, juniors Juan Martinez, Jacob Middleton, Daniel Miller and Caleb Rizer and sophomores Stephen Grubb and Brody Watson.

Central Crossing went 2-11 overall and 0-7 in the OCC-Central last year, finishing eighth behind champion Upper Arlington (7-0). The Comets will play six league matches this season, as Westland does not have a team because of a lack of players.



*April 5 -- at Olentangy Liberty

April 6 -- vs. Groveport

April 8 -- vs. Jonathan Alder

April 11 -- at Newark

*April 12 -- vs. Hilliard Davidson

*April 14 -- at Upper Arlington

*April 15 -- at Marysville

*April 19 -- at Dublin Coffman

April 20 -- vs. Franklin Heights

*April 21 -- vs. Thomas Worthington

April 27 -- vs. Ready

April 28 -- vs. Watkins Memorial

May 2 -- at Grove City

May 5 -- vs. Linden-McKinley

May 10 -- vs. Hamilton Township


*April 5 -- at Reynoldsburg

*April 12 -- vs. Groveport

April 13 -- vs. Marysville

*April 14 -- at Newark

April 18 -- at Teays Valley

*April 19 -- vs. Pickerington Central

April 20 -- vs. Chillicothe

*April 21 -- at Gahanna

April 22 -- vs. Columbus West

April 25 -- vs. Grandview

*April 26 -- at Pickerington North

April 28 -- Hartley at Ohio Dominican

April 29 -- at Dublin Scioto

May 2 -- vs. Central Crossing

*May 6 -- vs. Lancaster

May 9 -- vs. Whetstone

*League contest