It should be pretty much the same old story in boys high school tennis this spring.
Porter-Gaud should rule SCISA Class AAA. Hanahan and Bishop England should fight it out in SCHSL Class AAA.
The spoiler could be Oceanside Collegiate, but the Landsharks still aren’t eligible for postseason action. Chris Peek has taken over at Oceanside as coach and has a strong lineup at the top in U.S. 53rd-ranked boys 16 Coy Simon, who has switched from Hanahan. Stanley Waters and Luke Prendergast are other solid prospects at Oceanside.
Bishop England has everyone’s No. 1 junior (Southern and USTA national) Jared Pratt and two other strong talents in the Zacuba brothers, Lleyton and Zach.
Hanahan is still loaded as the Hawks seek a third straight state title. The Hawks still have a load of outstanding players in Kerim Hyatt, Chad Nash, Reilly Wilson, Max Smith and others.
Coach Jonathan Barth’s Porter-Gaud team should easily march to a fourth straight state crown, but the Cyclones may not be deep enough at the top to challenge Hanahan or Bishop England for local supremacy. The Cyclones are scheduled to play Bishop England, Oceanside and Wando all twice each, although Hanahan isn’t on Porter-Gaud’s current schedule.
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