Only a month removed from a wrist injury that left his left hand in a cast and facing a familiar foe, winning the 1A-District 10 championship looked bleak for Community School’s Jack Flagg. In a tournament postponed by rain, Flagg dropped his first set in the No. 1 singles to Canterbury’s John Carlin 6-2. He fell behind 0-4 in the second.
“He’s kind of a rival,” Flagg said of his opponent, who have faced each other on numerous occasions during their time in the USTA.
His mom couldn’t watch anymore and retreated to the car.
“I was kind of struggling,” Flagg admitted. “I just tried to fight my way back and find my rhythm. My whole team was there cheering me.”
Flagg rallied to take the second set 7-5. With the momentum clearly in his favor, he took the deciding set 6-1.
“Mainly, I was just trying to keep as many balls in play, hit it deep and try to make him make mistakes,” he said. “That was the game plan.”
“He’s a good player. He dug deep. I was really happy he was able to pull it off,” Community Schoolhead coach Jonathan David said.
It was the kind of performance that has made Flagg a team leader despite being a sophomore.
“He’s a good leader. He shows the younger guys how to play,” David said. “It’s always good to have a good player as a role model on the team.”
The win guarantees Flagg an automatic individual spot in the state tournament on April 15.
The Seahawks, who will travel to meet St. Stephens in today’s regional, could join Flagg as a team with a win.
Max Belsinger, Barron Collier tennis — Won titles at No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles to guide the Cougars to a district championship.
Zach Diacyznski, Naples track — Placed second in the shot put at the Florida Relays with a throw of 56-9.5, the fourth-best toss in the state this season.
Elliot Gonzalez, Seacrest baseball — Went 7-for-10 with a home run and two doubles in three victories last week.
Cameron Thorne, Seacrest tennis — Won the No. 4 singles title as Stingrays won their first district championship in team history.