Melbourne High’s Greg Durham won the District 10-4A championship at No. 1 singles this week at Lawnwood Tennis Center in Fort Pierce, earning a spot in the Class 4A state championship tournament at Sanlando Park in the Orlando area, April 11-13.
In the district final, Durham defeated Tommy Martinez of Centennial, 6-1, 6-2. Ben Baldwin won at No. 5 singles, defeating Vero Beach’s Drew Bochte, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).
Melbourne was the District 10 runner-up as a team, finishing behind Vero Beach, and the Bulldogs will enter regional play at Orlando Freedom on Tuesday. They will need to win two matches next week to earn a team spot at the state finals.
It was a second consecutive district title for Durham, a senior who has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.
Merritt Island’s Albert Go won his fourth district title in a row, and the Mustangs won the District 13-3A team title. Go won last year’s individual state championship for Class 3A. Merritt Island will host West Boca Raton in the first regional match.
Rockledge’s girls won the District 13-2A title and will host North Broward Prep on Tuesday. Emily Sidor followed a family tradition, claiming the No. 1 singles title and teaming to win No. 1 doubles, both earning state tournament spots next week. Sidor and the Raiders are both 9-1 as a team after the district event. Sidor and Colleen Clay advanced at No. 1 doubles.
A year ago, Katie and Emily Sidor won their 2A state doubles bracket. Emily’s 2016 singles title added to the Sidor family streak of district championships at the top spot, then-senior Katie having won her fourth last spring. It also added to Emily’s own resume, as she won the No. 2 singles title the previous two years.
Kaitlin Ruether won No. 2 singles for Rockledge this time, and she teamed with Lisa Reme to win No. 2 doubles. The Raiders edged Lincoln Park for the team title by a point.
In District 11-1A, Holy Trinity’s boys won the team title and West Shore placed second, both earning regional spots. Hunter Morris won No. 1 singles and teamed with Matt Ryan to win doubles. Ashleigh Kutryb and Morgan McCarthy won No. 1 girls doubles, while the Tigers were second in the girls team standings to West Shore.
Covenant Christian breaks baseball losing streak
Covenant Christian had not won a baseball game in three years before Thursday, but the Lions have returned to the win column.
CCS defeated Geneva School of Winter Park, 12-8. Curt Deming’s team got a complete game with six strikeouts from pitcher Justin Wills, who also hit a double. Tyler Garner drove in five runs for the Lions.
Bayside golf tournament returns
The second Drive with the Bears Golf Tournament is April 16 at The Majors in Palm Bay. The fee to play is $60 per person in advance and $65 on the day of the event. Sponsorships are also available. Those interested should contact Bayside baseball coach Brandon Sherrill at Sherrill.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Heritage baseball makes NBC’s Today Show
Heritage High’s baseball program will be featured live at approximately 8 a.m. Saturday on the Today Show on NBC. The team was featured in a FLORIDA TODAY story about head coach Rob Querry’s offer to let his players to name his son if the team wins 14 games this season. FLORIDA TODAY will be on location on Saturday and will report on the event at floridatoday.com.