The Springfield area will be well represented at the district tennis tournament, including Tecumseh High School’s first appearance since at least 2001.
Tecumseh seniors Will Sims and Allen Eben qualified in the Division I doubles, while sophomore Mitchell Foland advanced in singles. Both finished third at the sectional finals held at Dayton Center Courts on Saturday.
The matches were originally scheduled to be played outdoors at Troy High School, but moved due to weather.
“This is new ground for Tecumseh tennis,” said Tecumseh coach Sean Bragg. “Every player still left is amazing at tennis. We’re of the mindset just enjoy the experience and enjoy the talent that’s out there.”
Springfield senior Nick Pavlatos also qualified for district in D-I singles with a second-place finish. Pavlatos also made district as a sophomore.
“I think going into it Nick has momentum. He’s playing his game and I have high expectations for him overall,” Springfield coach John Hamilton said. “We’re very pleased overall.”
Bragg knew Sims and Eben had a strong chance of getting through after falling a win shy last season. Foland was somewhat of a wild card.
“I didn’t know how he was going to do at sectional because this was his first year at No. 1 singles,” Bragg said. “Today it was much more competitive and he had some tough matches, but fought strong. For a sophomore he is just growing and growing.
“It’s a very hard road if you go into district as the No. 4 seed. The motivation today was don’t play to a fourth-seed level. You want to come out the best you can. I’m happy with today’s results.”
In Division II, Shawnee’s Daniel Detrick, Kenton Ridge’s Chris Kalweit and Yellow Springs’ Augie Knemeyer all finished among the top four at sectional to advance to the district tournament.
Three D-II doubles teams also advanced, including a pair from Urbana.
Nicholas Shank and Greg Coffey join Hillclimbers teammates Mkaline Eggleston and Langston Kitchen as district qualifiers.
The Catholic Central doubles team of John Kelly and Jack Brougher also advanced.
The Division II district tournament is Wednesday at Centerville High School. The D-I district follows Thursday at Centerville.
The top four individuals and top four doubles teams advance to the state tournament.
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