Dominic Cotrone will get to defend his state championship.
The Bradenton Christian senior won both of his matches Monday during the first day of the Class 1A state individual tennis tournament at Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford.
The tournament’s top seed, Cotrone plays for the 1A title 8 a.m. today against Zachary Krumholz from Palm Beach Gardens Benjamin. If he wins, he will play for the overall title against the No. 1 singles winner from the team portion of the tournament.
The Florida State-bound Cotrone won the overall title last year.
Cotrone and his doubles partner, Nathan Price, won their match today and are in the semifinals of the individual doubles tournament.
They play 10:30 a.m. today in the semifinals.
“It was a good start,” said BCS coach Rick Morange. “But it’s going to pick up (Tuesday).”
CLASS 1A GIRLS -- Defending champion Caroline Dailey is back in the finals, too.
Out-of-Door Academy’s No. 1 singles player earned a bye, won her semifinal and faces South Walton Santa Rosa Beach’s Brooke Durdin in the finals.
Saint Stephen’s Hailey Nicklin plays for the Class 1A singles title at No. 3 today after winning both of her matches.
The Falcons, who won the Region 5 title last week, competed in the team tournament at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry.
Nicklin is the only Falcon who advanced. Perri Anderson won her first match at No. 1 singles, but fell in the semifinals.
“We know how tough it is at state,” said coach Richard Schutzman, whose Falcons have won four regional titles and two in the last three years. “We didn’t feel horrible, but we didn’t feel good...we battled.”
The Falcons are tied for fifth in the team standings with three points.
CLASS 3A GIRLS -- Braden River’s Marie Babayan is in the semifinals today for the No. 1 singles title at Lake Brantley High School.
The top-seeded sophomore received a bye in the first round before defeating Fort Myers’ Hailey Grillo 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals.