Noah Bungart has combined education, the fine arts and athletics to develop into a well-rounded student at Grove City High School.
The junior emerged as the boys tennis team's first-singles player last season while also participating in marching band and maintaining high grades.Video •Watch an interview with Grove City tennis player Noah Bungart.
Whether he's on the court, playing the trumpet or in the classroom, Bungart is driven to succeed.
"It does become stressful at times trying to find time, but eventually it all works out in the end," Bungart said. "I wouldn't trade it in for anything. ... I've played tennis longer, but band has just grown on me."
Bungart was 4-5 before his team played Marysville on April 26, but coach Ron Smith said Bungart's record was not a proper measure of his ability. The Greyhounds entered the match 7-3 overall.
"A lot of his opponents have more overall experience, but he's just tenacious," Smith said. "He fights hard and never gives up."
Grove City finished 2-3 in the OCC-Ohio Division with the wins coming against Reynoldsburg on April 11 and Lancaster on April 19, both by 3-2 scores.
The Lancaster match proved to be a defining moment for Bungart. Although he lost 7-6, 6-3, Bungart called his setback against Lancaster's Braeden Kennedy, a former Grove City player, the most satisfying effort of his career.
"I thought that match was the best match I ever played in high school," Bungart said. "I was not sad about that loss. I was going to be happy either way, but I just played really well."
Kennedy played first singles at Grove City in his freshman and sophomore years before moving to Lancaster. That enabled Bungart to move into the first-singles spot for the Greyhounds.
He went 0-1 in a Division I sectional tournament last season and did not compete in the postseason as a freshman, but Smith believes Bungart has the potential to win in the postseason this spring.
"He'll play singles in the postseason, we'll keep everybody where they are," Smith said. "He has a chance to do well. It has a lot to do with the luck of the draw. He has the game, you just have to see if it all comes together for him. There are a lot of factors."
Bungart, who has a 3.75 GPA and is considering applying for the National Honor Society, has been involved in band since sixth grade and has been a member of the Grove City band since his freshman year. The band has made several trips during those three years, including performing in the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California, on Jan. 1.
Noah's brothers, twins Owen and Nick, are in eighth grade at Jackson Middle School and are members of the band. Both plan on trying out for the high school tennis team next year.
Bungart was introduced to tennis at 11 years old when he and his father, Mark, played recreationally. He also has taken lessons at The Players Club in Hilliard.
Bungart and his father still play, and both admit Noah usually wins.
"My dad and I always hit the ball around for fun and I wanted to get better," Bungart said.
Track teams shine
at Hamilton Township
The track and field teams turned in strong efforts in the Elmo Kallner Invitational on April 22 at Hamilton Township.
The boys tied Newark for second (112 points) of nine teams behind Canal Winchester (145). Winners for the Greyhounds were R.J. Lewis in the 400 meters (52.28 seconds), Evan Whitaker in the 3,200 (10:25.8) and Lewis, Jacob Gaitten, Kingston McKinstry and Chris Witcher in the 800 relay (1:33.7).
The girls finished fifth (81) of nine teams behind champion Hartley (105). Sydney Smith won the 1,600 (5:46.64) and 3,200 (12:15.33), and Abby Ray won the 800 (2:37.77).
Baseball team eyeing
The baseball team entered its game against Lancaster on April 26 riding an eight-game winning streak.
The Greyhounds defeated Pickerington North 7-1 on April 21 and 4-0 on April 24 to improve to 15-5 overall and 10-0 in the OCC-Ohio. The Panthers are the defending Division I state champions.
"I really like the way we are progressing as a team right now," coach Ryan Alexander said. "We haven't lost a game to a central Ohio team yet and we are winning all of the tight ones that we couldn't find a way to win last year. This group loves each other and continually roots like crazy for the group that is on the field that day."
Through 19 games, Tristin Siemer was hitting .457, followed by Nick Erwin (.417), Hayden Cartt (.410), Colton Bauer (.385) and Logan Williams (.353).
Erwin led in runs (19) and RBI (15).