Two years and two similar outcomes for Trevor Bowers.
The Norwalk sophomore defended his Division II sectional championship on Saturday with a two-set win in the finals at Port Clinton, earning him a No. 1 seed for the district tournament this week.
Bowers and three other singles players, and four doubles teams had already secured their spot for the district tournament, which starts Thursday and concludes Saturday at Bowling Green State University. But they were playing for the right to call themselves sectional champions and district seeding.
Bowers scored a 6-1, 6-2 win against Andrew Linden, a junior from St. Mary Central Catholic, in the singles finals.
Both came into the tournament as the top two seeds, with Bowers beating Linden 6-4, 6-2 in a match between the Truckers and Panthers in April.
Port Clinton's Chalin Cahlik and Mark Fillmore, unseeded for the doubles tournament, came up with a 6-3, 6-3 win in the finals against the Panthers' Collin Ebert and Alex Opfer.
Bowers and Linden were state qualifiers a year ago. Bowers beat Perkins freshman Manickam Manickam, the No. 4 seed, in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-0 to reach the final.
"(Trevor) knows that he will have to continue to raise his level of play as the matches get tougher," Norwalk coach Chris Higgins said. "It is clear that his goal is to win three matches next week to advance to the state tournament. Manickam was playing exceptionally well, but Trevor was able to out last him in many of the points. Once again, Trevor and Andrew was a great match to watch. Both players fought to the end with Trevor coming out on top in two sets."
Linden earned his spot in the final with a 6-2, 6-2 win against No. 3-seeded Greg LaFountain of Oak Harbor -- their third meeting in a week.
"We're pleased with our finishes and knowing their moving on," SMCC coach Doug Linden said. "We think our section is pretty strong and we should be in good shape for the districts.
"There was some good play. I was watching our doubles team, but there was a lot of good singles play."
Usually playing in singles action, Cahlik and Fillmore were 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 winners in the semifinal against No. 1 Blaine MacFarland and Itts Rodrungruang of Clyde, while Ebert and Opfer had a 4-6, 6-3 win against Huron's Matt Wray and John Dusza, who had to retire because of an injury that wasn't related to the tennis match.
MacFarland and Rodrungruang were awarded third place because of Dusza's injury. It would have been the third meeting between the doubles teams.
MacFarland and Rodrungruang won 6-1, 6-4 in the SBC doubles final May 7, and previously in three sets (7-5, 3-6, 6-3) on April 28.
LaFountain beat Manickam 7-6 (4), 6-3 in third-place singles match. The pair met in the SBC semifinals with LaFountain grinding for a three-set win, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
The top three singles and top three doubles players move on to the state tournament.
Sandusky'y Jack Stauffer, Jacob Riedy place third
Entering the Division I sectional tournament unseeded, Sandusky's Jack Stauffer and Jacob Riedy finished it as the third-best doubles team.
And with it the duo claimed a spot in the Division I district doubles tournament on Wednesday in Bowling Green.
After dropping their first match Saturday at Sandusky's tennis courts to top-seeded Jake Youse and Chad Buchanan, Stauffer and Riedy rebounded with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win against Ashland's Tim Sinchock and Nick Maggelet in the third-place match. Sinchok and Maggelet were seeded third.
Stauffer and Riedy beat Fremont's Michael Pickeral and David Gipe in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-2, on Thursday to secure a district berth.
Youse and Buchanan were 6-1, 6-1 winners in the final against their teammates, Andy Barkett and Jon McCarther.
In the singles bracket, Lexington's Nicky Wong won the final, 6-1, 6-0, and Fremont Ross' Malcolm Leake was third with a 6-2, 6-2 win against Bryce Witchey of Lexington.
Leake dropped a 6-3, 6-3 decision to Madison's Austen Hammett in the semifinal.
The top two singles and top two doubles players move on to the state tournament.