Perrysburg senior Jeffrey Schorsch will participate in the state tennis tournament for a fourth straight year when Division I singles competition begins tomorrow at Ohio State University.
The four-time Northern Lakes League champion will have his final shot at winning a state championship. He reached the semifinals last year.
"I think he has a really good chance to win," Perrysburg coach Mark Weider said. "Of the top five state tournament qualifiers, he's played three of them and beat them."
Schorsch faces Cincinnati Sycamore's Alex Taylor in an opening-round matchup. The Valparaiso University-bound player is 27-1. His lone loss occurred after an ankle injury kept him from continuing in the sectional final against Central Catholic junior Dugan Delp.
At the district, he rolled to the title, including a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Delp.
"He's playing really good tennis," Weider said. "He's really confident in his game and he's playing really well."
Delp, the Three Rivers Athletic Conference singles champion, will also compete in D-I singles, facing Mason's Luke Tsai in the first round.
Brothers Ryan and Kevin Brown of St. John’s Jesuit won a district doubles title and will meet Dublin Jerome's Adam Seitz and Kent Seitz in the first round.
Kevin, a sophomore, was a state tournament doubles participant with Spencer Crawford last year. They lost in the first round.
The Browns decided to pair up for districts after not playing together during the regular season. Ryan is a junior.
"They understand how to play as a doubles team," St. John's co-coach Justin Swiger said "Their work ethic is off the charts and they show it everyday in practice."
The Browns and the rest of the Titans — senior Caleb Mickler, juniors Elliott Beak and Jonah Carter, sophomores Adam Zychowicz and Trevor Majdalani, and freshman Rajeev Laungani — will compete Sunday in the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association state team tournament.
This is the ninth straight year for St. John's to represent northwest Ohio at the state semifinals.
"We feel very fortunate," St. John's coach Jim Davis said, whose Titans. "I'm really proud of this group because they've worked very hard and they're very young."
In Division II, Maumee Valley Country Day seniors Annu Reddy and Navdeep Bais will compete at the state doubles tournament. They face Millersburg West Holmes' Danny Nelson and Nate Ewing in the first round.