NEW PORT RICHEY — There was drama around the tennis courts Wednesday.
The River Ridge girls avenged an early season loss to Wiregrass Ranch to take their third consecutive district title in Class 3A-5.
The Royal Knights scored 25 followed by: Wiregrass Ranch (20), Lecanto (9), Citrus (9), Hudson (8), Central (7), Leesburg (4), Ridgewood (2) and Springstead (0).
Wiregrass Ranch's boys earned their first district title and automatic state berths in singles and doubles, a first for the Bulls.
The Bulls scored 24 followed by: Lecanto (18), Citrus (13), River Ridge (11), Hudson (7), Springstead (6), Central (3), Ridgewood (2) and Leesburg (0).
The Royal Knights girls were led by Nicola Wellman, who avenged an early season loss to Wiregrass Ranch's Sarah Means 5-7, 6-0, 6-4 at No. 1 singles. Means teamed with her sister, Elizabeth, in No. 1 doubles for a 6-2, 6-0 win against Wellman and Tijana Subotic.
The Bulls boys were led by Spencer Ong, who fought off Citrus' Bastian Montalva 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. Ong also teamed with Eric Rivas-Eichelbaun to defeat Lecanto's Joe Tamposi and Jake Tamposi 6-4, 7-6 at No. 1 doubles.
Additional girls winners were Elizabeth Means at No. 2, 6-1, 6-1 over Subotic, who was bothered by an ankle injury. At No. 3, Wiregrass Ranch's Hannah Still defeated River Ridge's Angela Wellman, 6-0, 6-4. At No. 4, River Ridge's Jordyn Garcia defeated Hudson's Shannon Zasloff 6-1, 6-2. At No. 5, River Ridge's Taylor LaRoue defeated Lecanto's Radhika Gandhi 6-2, 6-0.
In No. 2 doubles, the River Ridge duo of Garcia and Angela Wellman defeated Wiregrass Ranch's Still and Katie Bonti 6-3, 6-1.
Additional boys winners included Lecanto's Jake Tamposi 6-3, 6-3 against Central's Thomas Armstrong at No. 2. At No. 3, Wiregrass Ranch's Landon Burstiner defeated Malik Begur 6-3, 7-6. Wiregrass Ranch's Brandon Key won at No. 4 against River Ridge's Nick Hill 6-4, 6-3. Wiregrass Ranch No. 5 Daniel Helfrich defeated Timothy Wenger 6-0, 6-0.
And in No. 2 doubles, Lecanto's Malik Begor and Zack Alford defeated River Ridge's Brian Mills and Nick Hill 6-3, 6-3.
Izzy Gould can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 421-3886.