KNOXVILLE — At the end of the day, two Centerville Big Reds were competing against each other for the South Central Conference boys’ tennis title in Knoxville on May 13.
Devon Glosser and Michael Starcevich went into overtime to decide the title. In the end, it was Glosser who came out on top as the individual boys’ champion of the South Central Conference as Starcevich took second.
“I told Devon and Mike this could be for the conference championship on the first day of practice, so it was great to see that happen,” Big Reds tennis coach Tyler Baze said. “Both guys are high quality student-athletes. It couldn’t of happened to better guys.”
Glosser defeated Clarke’s Hewitt and Davis County’s Goodie to advance to the finals. Starcevich had defeated Clarke’s Ally and Chariton’s Jones to set up the championship match.
Clarke won the overall conference title in a three-way race. They had 22 points while Centerville finished second with 20. Albia was third with 19.
“It was a great day and a neat experience for our guys,” Baze said.
In doubles action, the pair of Steven Cochran and Daniel Berja lost to the eventual third place team after receiving a first round bye. Brady Sweet and Spencer Varner won their first match against Chariton’s double’s pair. Sweet and Varner would eventually fall to the Clarke doubles team, who ended up claiming the double’s championship.
Glosser and Starcevich went from competing against each other to partnering up in doubles at the district meet in Pella on May 15. There, the pairing placed third, meaning they were the alternate doubles team for the state meet.
They began the day with wins over Knoxville’s No. 2 doubles team and then the No. 1 teams from Chariton and Knoxville. Pella ultimately defeated the Big Reds. Pella wound up winning the state title.