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District tennis: Nature Coast boys, Pasco girls clinch crowns

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Tue. April 1, 2014 | Derek J. LaRiviere

CRYSTAL RIVER — For the sixth consecutive season, Nature Coast’s boys will be returning to regionals. And after dethroning Pasco, the Sharks captured their fourth district title in that span.

Nature Coast dominated the field Tuesday to take home the Class 2A, District 7 championship 19-14.

Pasco and Nature Coast swept all six district titles with Sharks junior Jesse DeWitt (13-3) capturing the No. 1 singles title. Nature Coast also won at Nos. 2, 4 and 5 singles, with Conner Schwefringhaus (11-3), Alec Lund (10-3) and Charles Buckner (9-2) walking away with the medals, respectively.

“I thought everybody played very well,” Nature Coast coach Tom Brown said. “We competed real well, and Pasco did a splendid just pushing us.”

The Pirates’ singles victory came at No. 3 as junior Calvin Yann emerged with the victory.

The programs split the doubles titles with the No. 1 duo of Dewitt and Schwefringhaus (9-1) doing the honors for the Sharks, and the No. 2 tandem of Yann and Mark Ray the same for Pasco.

The girls’ title was won by Pasco (17 points), the team’s fourth straight district crown over Hernando (12). The Pirates were involved in every championship final, coming away with victories at No. 4 singles and both doubles.

“I’ve been coaching for a little while,” Pasco coach Don Charlick said, “and this team has jelled better than any team I’ve had in the past.”

Pirates senior Mady Johnson (16-4) was unable to take home her second straight individual district championship as the team’s No. 1.

She was defeated in straight sets (6-4, 7-5) by Leopards sophomore Grace Curren (14-1). Curren lost to Johnson in last season’s district final.

Pasco’s Sara Slayton took the team’s lone singles title and teamed with fellow senior Amanda Dee to capture the No. 2 doubles crown. Johnson and junior Shelbie Timlake won at No. 1 doubles.

Nature Coast senior Katie Viola (11-4) survived a tough No. 2 singles bracket for the Sharks’ lone title.

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