As the school's all-time leader in career wins in tennis and a rare three-time district qualifier, it's safe to say that Twinsburg senior Marco Nesic departs as the finest player in school history.
Playing at the always challenging first singles spot this spring, Nesic's quality of play and wins didn't diminish.
Some high school players thrive at second or third singles, and when elevated to the first spot, the matches are twice as challenging against top-caliber foes.
This season under head coach Michael Porinchak, Nesic went 21-5, won first singles in the Suburban League National Conference and was named the top seed at the Medina sectional.
In addition, Nesic was named the player of the year in the SL National this season as a first-team choice.
Nesic is likely the only Tiger in history to play first singles three years in a row. Last year, Nesic was 19-6.
"Marco is without a doubt the best tennis player I have had at Twinsburg thus far," noted Porinchak, who completed his 12th year at the helm.
"He [Nesic] is not just a great player, but he also possesses such great character," added the coach.
Nesic finished his career with a record of 73-22.
The 73 victories surpassed Patrick Yackmack, who had 48. The 21 wins this spring ties a single-season record set by Yackmack in 2010.
Nesic competed at the Medina Division I district tournament at the Akron Springside Racquet and Fitness Club. In first round action, Nesic was defeated 6-4, 6-0 by Westlake junior Tyler Malin.
"That's what makes this so good is that he won that many games at first singles, which is difficult because you are facing the best player each match," said Porinchak.
The top seed in sectional play, Nesic was the runner-up as he lost to Grant Jones, of Kent Roosevelt, by a score of 6-4, 6-3.
A key win by Nesic was over Hudson fourth-seed Harrsha Congivaram, who placed third overall at the sectional. Nesic was a big 6-2, 6-1 winner.
"Marco won the first singles flight at the Suburban League National Division Tournament and was voted the number one seed in the Medina sectional, where he beat the top three other seeds this season," said the coach.
Just behind Yackmack in the career win standings is Mitch Keith with 47.
Others top winners in the program include Saeed Khoncarly (43 wins), Andrew Lilfyandchick (42), Joe Ziska (38), Steve Whitney (32) and Sean Doherty (32).
However, other members of this year's team have vaulted into the all-time picture.
Other graduating seniors with impressive careers include Mike Sterling and Zack McIlroy, plus Xander Bard, Rohan Deshpande, Adam Groenke and Hardik Polamarasetti.
"We had a great senior class," said Porinchak.
Junior Zack Georgevich and sophomore Brian Nesic are talented and will head next year's club.
Marco Nesic is headed to Montana State University to continue his academic career.
"Marco and Zach McIlroy (John Carroll University) are both interested in playing in college," said the coach.
Joining Marco Nesic on the all-league first team was Sterling and the younger Nesic, the Tiger first doubles partners.
Making the all-league second team as voted by the coaches was McIlroy and Georgevich.