Court is in Session for Polk Players With Dreams of Winning State Title
Mon. April 16, 2012 at 1:17 a.m. | By Polk Preps Staff
BY LISA COFFEY | THE LEDGER
WINTER HAVEN | Today is the final step for the dreams of several Polk County tennis players as the FHSAA state tournament begins.
The high school state tennis competition is a little different than most.
Teams winning their regional finals advance to the state tournament. In addition, those winning their district No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles titles also advance directly to the state tournament for individual competition.
Action begins today for the Class 2A players.
Auburndale's Alexis Basgil and senior Logan Allen compete in the individual singles portion of the tournament at Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford. Allen and No. 1 doubles teammate Matt McManus, a senior, compete at No. 1 doubles. Basgil, a junior, and her partner Kelsey Ashbrook, a junior, also play at No. 1 doubles.
The Lakeland High School girls' team survived an epic six-hour battle with rival George Jenkins Thursday to advance as a team after edging the Eagles 4-3 in Class 3A. It's been some 18 years at least since Lakeland sent a team. They begin play Wednesday at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs.
In addition, Lakeland's Danny Mack, a senior who is a three-time Ledger Player of the Year, heads to the state tournament as an individual at No. 1 singles. Last year he reached the final before losing. He will also play No. 1 doubles with senior Forest Simmers.
The All Saints boys' team heads to the Class A state final.
They begin play Wednesday at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry. The Saints feature a strong lineup with three junior tournament players including Tyler Pate at No. 1.
The Saints swept the district tournament, winning all five singles and two doubles matches. They topped Berkley Prep 5-2 in the regional semifinal and got by Tampa Prep 4-3 in the regional final to earn the state bid.
Taylor Oliver, a freshman who plays junior tennis as well, advanced to the individual state tournament at No. 1 doubles.
She plays No. 1 doubles as well with teammate Emily Bandyk at Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford.