Hilliard Davidson High School boys tennis coach Steve De Dent is eager to see what the future holds for Thomas Porter.

Hilliard Davidson High School boys tennis coach Steve De Dent is eager to see what the future holds for Thomas Porter.

The freshman battled Olentangy's Austin Karbler in a first-round singles match in the Division I district tournament held May 24 and 25 at Davidson before falling 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. The match lasted 3 hours, 20 minutes.

"He's done a lot of things well this year," De Dent said of Porter. "He played well for us, jumping anywhere from first singles to third singles, depending on the situation. He should be proud of the way he played as a freshman."

Porter was joined at district by the doubles team of seniors Joe Justus and Michael Porter, who lost in the opening round to Dublin Scioto's Arjun Venkataraman and Hemant Reddy 6-3, 6-2.

"Joe and Michael had a good season, going 13-5 in doubles," De Dent said. "Both played well for us in singles and doubles."

The top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to the state tournament Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, at Ohio State. The top four finishers in each sectional held May 16 and 18 qualified for district.

Thomas Porter placed third in the sectional at Davidson, beating Marysville's Gavin Bushong 6-1, 6-0 in the singles consolation final. Justus and Michael Porter lost to top-seeded Jack Buchan and Leon Cai of Dublin Coffman 6-2, 6-2 in the doubles championship match.

Davidson finished 11-6 overall in dual matches and went 5-2 in the OCC-Central Division. The Wildcats finished the league tournament May 11 at Upper Arlington with 63 points to tie Coffman (63, 6-1) for second in the final standings, behind UA (81, 7-0) and ahead of Olentangy Liberty (42, 3-4), Thomas Worthington (36, 3-4), Marysville (33, 3-4), Central Crossing (12, 1-6) and Westland (0, 0-7).

Davidson loses six seniors, including Justus and Michael Porter. In addition to Thomas Porter, expected to return is freshman Owen Hafler.

Darby realized itsgoal to improve

Darby was represented in the district tournament by the doubles team of senior Kyle Chilcote and junior C.J. Martin, who lost to UA's Jeffrey Melvin and Nate Wallace 6-1, 6-2 in the opening round.

Chilcote and Martin had advanced to district by placing fourth in the sectional at Davidson.

"Every single member of our tennis team was playing better at the end of the season than they were at the start of it," coach Scott Nickel said. "As a coach, that is what you hope for, but this team actually realized that goal. We talked about finishing the season strong and the guys really came through."

Darby finished 9-7 overall and went 3-4 in the OCC-Cardinal. The Panthers finished the league tournament with 32 points to place fifth, behind Dublin Jerome (75, 7-0), Scioto (57, 5-2), Worthington Kilbourne (55, 5-2) and Westerville South (54, 5-2) and ahead of Westerville North (26, 2-5), Bradley (6, 1-6) and Westerville Central (1, 0-7).

Darby loses nine seniors, including Chilcote. In addition to Martin, expected back are juniors Siddartha Revur and Sounak Roy, sophomore John Gehrt and freshman David Kim.

Bradley showedsteady improvement

Bradley competed in the sectional at Davidson but did not have any district qualifiers.

The Jaguars finished 3-14 overall and placed seventh (6, 1-6) in the OCC-Cardinal.

"I thought we got a lot better, especially in doubles," coach Ben Lilly said. "We learned to cover the middle better and use court-positioning to our advantage more."

Bradley loses three seniors in Nizam Hussein, William Kolenky and Prit Patel but expects to return juniors Jimmy Gaydos, Parker Holland and Shumik Patel and freshmen Sudeep Haliharvi, Doug Knecht, Sai Pandraji and Zach Rice.