CLEARWATER — It was widely expected Shorecrest's boys team would administer a thrashing to its competition at the Class A, District 10 tournament.
But no one could have predicted the Chargers would be this dominant Thursday.
Shorecrest won its seventh straight boys title by winning every singles and doubles match it played to score the maximum 21 points. The feat was even more stunning considering the Chargers were without their No. 2 player, Alex Saltiel, who is participating in the Easter Bowl Invitational this week.
"I knew our boys were going to do well," Shorecrest coach Elaine East said. "But to win all the points … that just doesn't happen. I know it has not happened in the history of Shorecrest tennis before."
The Chargers got straight-set victories from Nick Litsky (No. 5), Frank Rodriguez (No. 4) and Brendan East (No. 3) and Garrett Betsarakis (No. 1) in singles competition. Shorecrest's No. 2, Matt Smith, beat Canterbury's Evan Holvoet 7-6, (7-4), 6-5.
East and Rodriguez teamed to win at No. 2 doubles. The toughest match came at the end when Betsarakis and Smith outlasted Clearwater Central Catholic's Jose Lazaro and Ricky Symanski for a 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 victory at No. 1 doubles.
"In the end, we put everything behind us and just kept fighting," Betsarakis said.
The Marauders finished as district runnerup and will advance to next week's region meet.
Shorecrest's girls won their second straight district title, scoring 17 points. Madie Klavans (No. 4), Kathryn Komarnicki (No. 2) and Morgan Basil (No. 1) each won their singles final for the Chargers.
Other singles champions included CCC's Meredith Reagin at No. 5 and Calvary Christian's Taylor Philipson at No. 3.
Basil and Komarnicki teamed to win No. 1 doubles. Canterbury's Alexandra Feinberg and Christine Hammerschmidt won at No. 2 doubles to help the Crusaders finish second overall and advance to regionals as a team.