MANATEE -- After sending four girls to finals in the singles portion of the Class 2A-District 10 tennis tournament at State College of Florida, Bayshore head coach Trevor Johnson was confident in gaining passage to the region tournament next week.
On Wednesday, the Bruins did just that by securing a district championship with 16 points after two players earned victories in the finals.
Cailin Finnegan and Haley Donahue won championships at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, respectively.
"All five girls scored, and that was big," Johnson said. "All of them but one made it to the finals, so that's a lot of points."
Booker snagged second place with nine points, nipping Southeast (eight points) for the other region tournament berth.
The Seminoles had a chance to force a tiebreaker, but Finnegan and Donahue defeated Madelyn Kumar and Katie Yetzer, 6-3, 6-1, in the No. 2 doubles final.
That result, coupled with Booker's victory in the No. 1 doubles final, gave the Tornadoes the edge over the Noles.
Booker's Janae Wilson teamed with Jacqueline Landry for that title, which gives the duo an automatic berth to the state tournament. Wilson also will be going to state as an individual after she won the No. 1 singles tournament.
The Bruins will host a region semifinal April 8. And the success was due to the cohesiveness displayed between the mainly sophomore group. Only Donahue is a senior.
"They work hard, and they just have great team chemistry," Johnson said. "I think the winning was contagious. When one girl saw another girl win, it made them all want to win. ... Nobody wanted to let the team down."
On the boys side, Southeast finished with 11 points in third place. The two region berths were awarded to Gulfport Boca Ciega and Booker.
Boca Ciega won the district with 14 points, one point better than Booker.
Southeast's Jake Mattraw was the lone local on the boys side to win a singles final. He bested Booker's David Klos 7-5, 6-2 for victory at the No. 4 position.
Parth Patel, also of Southeast, fell to Booker's Joseph Haygood 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 5 singles final.
Mattraw teamed with Ryan Eberly to win the No. 2 doubles title with a 6-0, 6-0 score against Boca Ciega's Nathan Larkins and Richard Mannion.
The state tournament berths went to Boca Ciega's Dan Stefan and Nikita Goldenberg, who remained unbeaten at 10-0, in the No. 1 doubles final.
Stefan secured the No. 1 singles championship and entry to the state tourney with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Booker's Nino Coutelle.
That improved the senior to 12-0, and he's looking for back-to-back state championships after polishing off an unbeaten season last spring with some state hardware.