Lima area boys high school tennis capsules


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Ada

Division II

2017 Record: 8-6

Head Coach: Christy Beaschler (fourth year)

Returning Letterwinners: Zach Beaschler, sr., first singles; Cade Mullins, jr., second singles/first doubles; Isaac Spar, so., third singles/first singles; Nathan Hurtig, so., first doubles; Acel Gamble, sr., second doubles/singles; Adam Bailey, sr., doubles; Jake Colwell, jr., doubles.

Promising Newcomers: Miranda Wills, fr., singles/doubles.

Coach’s Comments: It has been so much fun to watch this team grow and improve over the past four years. I think we surprised a few teams last year and over the prior years due to our depth. We hope to be a little more competitive and stronger all around this year. We will look to our seniors (Zach, Acel, and Adam) to be our true leaders this year. We have hard workers and tough competitors on the team who are fun to watch play tennis. These student athletes love the game of tennis and we certainly hope to improve on our record last year. We are excited to keep moving the tennis program forward in Ada.

Bath

Division II

Head Coach: John Bezens (fourth year)

2017 Record: 0-8 WBL (1oth in tourney and overall)

Returning Letterwinners: Caden Schmitt, sr., doubles; Gabe Niebel, sr., doubles; Hayden Doughan, sr., singles; Andrew Cook, sr., doubles.

Promising Newcomers: Jacob Garver, fr., singles; Noah Kindig, so., doubles.

Coach’s Comments: With a senior laden team, Bath should be very competitive. Looking to improve and get better every day.

Bluffton

Division II

2017 Record: 11-2

Head Coach: Mike Hilty (fifth season at Bluffton)

Returning Letterwinners: Justin Haggard, sr., first singles; Christian Groman, sr., second singles; Kory Straham, jr., doubles.

Promising Newcomers: Drew Wilson, so., third singles; Mack Burner, so.; Jordan Siefer, jr.; Grant Klingler, fr.; Edon Nygaard, fr.

Coach’s Comments: Haggard is the most complete player at No. 1 I ever coached. We are rebuilding with eight new faces this year.

Celina

Division II

2017 Record: 13-2 (8-1 WBL, second in tourney and overall)

Head Coach: Toma Hainline (Twelfth year)

Returning Letterwinners: Bryce Langenkamp, sr., singles; Kyle Lochtefeld, sr., singles; Sohaid Saleem, sr., doubles; Garrett Forlow, sr., doubles.

Promising Newcomers: Collin Harris, so., singles; Branden Schmidlapp, sr., doubles; Justin Warnement, sr., doubles.

Coach’s Comments: We have a senior laden team but everyone is playing a new position this year. Those that moved up from JV had a great deal of playing time last year. We are hoping our maturity will win us some matches.

Elida

Division II

2017 Record: 6-10 (3-6 WBL, tied for fourth in tourney, tied for sixth overall)

Head Coach: Michael Sarno (second year)

Returning Letterwinners: Sebastian Kunkelman, sr., singles; Nathan Smith, sr., doubles; Tyler Christoff, so., singles; Riley Creps, so., singles/doubles; Jacob Ramirez, so., doubles.

Promising Newcomers: Jared Ramirez, sr., doubles; Riley Fricke, so., singles/doubles; Daulton Buetner, so., singles/doubles.

Coach’s Comments: We have a great chance to keep the continued success we had last year. We have six returning players on our team that have really worked at their game and I am excited to see what this season brings. We have a great group of guys this year with great chemistry and have really worked hard at pushing each other to get better. Should be a fun year!

Kenton

Division II

Head Coach: Rick Collins (first year)

2017 Record: 3-6 WBL (tied for fourth in tourney, tied for sixth overall)

Returning Letterwinners: Andrew Boyer, sr., first singles; Cruz Bryant, sr., first singles; Alex Stephens, sr., first doubles/second doubles; Mason Bloom, sr., doubles; Hayden Robinson, so., first doubles/second doubles.

Promising Newcomers: Zach Collins, sr., third singles/second doubles; Taj Chahal, jr., second doubles/third singles; Brice Heckathorn, third singles; Riley Messenger, second doubles.

Coach’s Comments: We are going to be competitive with a solid senior class and returning players. If our players stay focused and hustle for each ball, we may surprise some teams this season.

Lima Central Catholic

Division II

2017 Record: 4-13

Head Coach: Coach Bruin

Returning Letterwinners: Ben Brinkman, sr.; Matthew Cecala, sr.; Mark Janowski, sr.; Jake Evans, so.; Michael Seffernick, so.

Promising Newcomers: Conner Bowker, Brandon Goldsberry, Colin Guagenti, Hayden Bader, Zach Burris, Brady Koenig, Aaron Simmons, Enrico Perissinotto, Antonio Lefakis, Max Nguyen.

Coach’s Comments: I am anticipating that Ben Brinkman will have a good year. Our other upperclassmen are solid tennis players. Our underclassmen are looking promising but I expect it will be a development year for them.

Ottawa-Glandorf

Division II

2017 Record: 8-4 (5-4 WBL, third in tourney and overall)

Head Coach: Jay Laubenthal (sixth year)

Returning Letterwinners: Kevin Recker, sr.; Craig Recker, sr.; Zach Balbaugh, sr.; Ben Schaub, sr.; Drew Kuhlman, sr.

Promising Newcomers: Dylan Bockrath, Corey Diemer, Zach Ricker, Kamron Maag, Ben Westrick, Hayden Kuhlman, Colin Welch, Isaac Compton, Collin Hempfling, John Treffenhardt, Sam Schmenk, Noah Foppe, Bryant Schroder, Carter Welch, Collin Crumrine, Blake Reinstedler, Nolan Unterbrink, Isaac Warnecke, Zach Imm, Hunter Tegankamp.

Coach’s Comments: Our biggest strength this year is experience. This year we have three guys returning that have had some success at the varsity level since their sophomore year. We will be looking to these guys for leadership and to push the younger tennis players we have in the program. We also have two more players that are returning varsity letter winners. This team is unique because we have a lot of tennis players that are capable of making the varsity squad our team competition will be the most competitive it has been in recent years.

Shawnee

Division II

2017 Record: 14-1 (9-0 WBL, first in tourney, overall)

Head Coach: Nate Higgins and Seth Justice (first season)

Returning Letterwinners: Michael Rutter, sr., first singles; Isaac Hanover, sr., second singles; Jackson Schaaf, sr., third singles; Harsha Battula, sr., first doubles.

Promising Newcomers: Carter Schaaf, so., first doubles; Chris Paysen, fr., second doubles; Alex Rudzinski, sr., second doubles; Tate Stewart, so., second doubles.

Coach’s Comments: The Shawnee boys’ tennis team looks forward to having another successful season. Seniors Michael Rutter, Issac Hanover, Jackson Schaaf, and Harsha Battula are all returning to the varsity lineup and will provide good leadership for the underclassmen. Our team has 27 players total, so tennis is continuing to be a growing sport at Shawnee, and we look forward to our younger players learning the game and becoming next year’s leaders. Shawnee will be participating in the OTCA State Tournament, the inaugural Van Wert Invitational, and the Port Clinton Doubles Tournament this season.

St. Marys

Division II

2017 Record: 10-3 (7-2 WBL, seventh in tourney, fifth overall)

Head Coach: Seth Hertenstein (second year)

Returning Letterwinners: Howie Spencer, singles; CJ Vanderhorst, singles; Andrew Vogel, doubles; Mason King, doubles; Evan Tennant, doubles.

Promising Newcomers: Marcel Lansing, singles; Matt Kawalec, singles/doubles.

Coach’s Comments: I am expecting big things from a lot of new faces on the lineup. Marcel Lansing is a hard-hitting German exchange student that we hope to use at a singles position. I expect Matt Kawalec to use his unique playing style and confidence to psych out the competition. Both Howie Spencer and CJ Vanderhorst will be expected to smoothly transition from being doubles partners to the singles positions. They were able to get some experience playing singles last season that will surely benefit this transition. Sophomores Andrew Vogel and Mason King will be expected to fill the holes in the lineup. These two have put in valuable time in the preseason to prepare for their varsity roles. Luckily, we have about five more guys and one girl that will be able to help fill any hole that may open up for us. Having such a large team has always been a benefit for us. We always have that next player that will step up and play an important role for the team. This year is no different.

Van Wert

Division II

2017 Record: 6-3 WBL (tied for fourth in tourney, fourth overall)

Head Coach: Alex Schmidt (ninth year)

Returning Letterwinners: Michael Etter, first singles; Kannen Wannemacher, first doubles; Zane Fast, second doubles; Mike Hellman, second doubles.

Promising Newcomers: Brendan Browning, jr.; Cody Gamble, so.; Nathan Ruger, so.; Max Sealscott, sr.;

Coach’s Comments: We are hoping to again end the WBL in a top 4 spot. We have a young team, but quite a few returning players who have varsity experience. We will compete hard with all the teams we are put up against.

Wapakoneta

Division I

2017 Record: 7-12 (3-6 WBL, eightth in tourney and overall)

Head Coach: Elise Minick (second year)

Returning Letterwinners: Jeffrey Adkins, jr.; David Haver, sr.; Jordan Moening, sr.; Curtis Hughes, jr.; Noah Hetrick, sr.; John Doll, jr.; Owen Simonson, jr.

Promising Newcomers: Austin Hancock, jr.; Noah Kirby, jr.

Coach’s Comments: We retained the majority of our varsity lineup from last year, leading to good knowledge of how to handle match situations. We are athletic and determined, hoping to improve and become more competitive within the WBL.

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