Shawnee, Ottawa-Glandorf tie for Western Buckeye League boys tennis overall championship


Titans claim tournament crown

By Mike Miller - sports@limanews.com



Shawnee’s Isaac Hanover hits a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH.

Shawnee’s Isaac Hanover hits a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Drew Kuhlman attacks the net during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH.

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Drew Kuhlman attacks the net during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Shawnee’s Michael Rutter goes high to hit a backhand shot during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

St. Marys’ David Keller hits a retuirn during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Ben Schaub makes a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

St. Marys’ Evan Tennant eyes a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Zach Balbaugh prepares to smash during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Results

WBL Tournament

First Singles

Semifinals: Michael Rutter (Shawnee) def. Marcel Lansing (St. Marys) 6-0, 6-0; Michael Etter (Van Wert) def. Bryce Langenkamp (Celina) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Finals: Michael Rutter (S) def. Michael Etter (VW) 6-0, 6-1.

Third Place: Marcel Lansing (SM) def. Bryce Langenkamp (C) 6-3, 6-2.

Back Draw Semifinals: Jeffrey Adkins (Wapakoneta) def. Reece Cape (Defiance) 8-1; Craig Recker (Ottawa-Glandorf) def. Tyler Christoff (Elida) 8-3.

Fifth Place: Craig Recker (O-G) def. Jeffrey Adkins (W) 8-3.

Seventh Place: Tyler Christoff (E) def. Reece Cape (D) 8-3.

Second Singles

Semifinals: Isaac Hanover (Shawnee) def. Howie Spencer (St. Marys) 6-1, 6-1; Kyle Lochtefeld (Celina) def. Kevin Recker (Ottawa-Glandorf) 6-1, 6-1.

Finals: Isaac Hanover (S) def. Kyle Lochtefeld (C) 6-4, 6-2.

Third Place: Howie Spencer (SM) def. Kevin Recker (O-G) 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 6-3.

Back Draw Semifinals: Jordan Moening (Wapakoneta) def. Luciano Garcia (Defiance) 8-1; Sebastian Kunkleman (Elida) def. Kannen Wannemacher (Van Wert) 8-6.

Fifth Place: Sebastian Kunkleman (E) def. Jordan Moening (W) 8-2.

Seventh Place: Kannen Wannemacher (VW) def. Luciano Garcia (D) 8-3.

Third Singles

Semifinals: Jackson Schaaf (Shawnee) def. Michael Hellman (Van Wert) 6-0, 6-3; Carter Welch (Ottawa-Glandorf) def. Collin Harris (Celina) 6-3, 6-4.

Finals: Jackson Schaaf (S) def. Carter Welch (O-G) 6-0, 6-0.

Third Place: Collin Harris (C) def. Michael Hellman (VW) 6-1, 7-6 (4).

Back Draw Semifinals: CJ Vanderhorst (St. Marys) def. Jamal Caesar (Defiance) 8-3; Dylan Buetner (Elida) def. Curtis Hughes (Wapakoneta) 8-2.

Fifth Place: CJ Vanderhorst (SM) def. Dylan Buetner (E) 8-4.

Seventh Place: Jamal Caesar (D) def. Curtis Hughes (W) 8-4.

First Doubles

Semifinals: Zach Balbaugh/Drew Kuhlman (Ottawa-Glandorf) def. Jared Ramirez/Nathon Smith (Elida) 6-1, 6-3; Andrew Vogel/Mason King (St. Marys) def. Drew Klausing/Zachary Tettenhorst (Defiance) 7-5, 6-2.

Finals: Zach Balbaugh/Drew Kuhlman (O-G) def. Andrew Vogel/Drew Klausing (SM) 6-0, 6-1.

Back Draw Semifinals: Garrett Forlow/Sohaib Saleem (Celina) def. Zane Fast/Kaden Thoman (Van Wert) 8-2; Caden Schmidt/Gabe Niebel (Bath) def. Harsha Battula/Carter Schaaf (Shawnee) 9-8 (2).

Fifth Place: Garrett Forlow/Sohaib Saleem (C) def. Caden Schmidt/Gabe Niebel (B) 8-5.

Seventh Place: Harsha Battula/Carter Schaaf (S) def. Zane Fast/ Kaden Thomas (VW) 8-2.

Second Doubles

Semifinals: Colin Welch/Ben Schaub (Ottawa-Glandorf) def. Austin Hancock/Noah Kirby (Wapakoneta) 6-2, 6-2; Jacob Ramirez/Riley Creps (Elida) def. Evan Tennant/David Keller (St. Marys) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.

Finals: Colin Welch/Ben Schaub (O-G) def. Jacob Ramirez/Riley Creps (E) 6-2, 6-4.

Third Place: Evan Tennant/David Keller (SM) def. Austin Hancock/Noah Kirby (W) 6-0, 6-4.

Back Draw Semifinals: Hunter Perry/Andrew Frederick (Defiance) def. Brandon Schmidlapp/Justin Warnement (Celina) 8-4; Mason Bloom/Alex Stephens (Kalida) def. Alex Rudzinski/Chris Paysen (Shawnee) 8-1.

Fifth Place: Mason Bloom/Alex Stephens (K) def. Hunter Perry/Andrew Frederick (D) 9-8 (7).

Seventh Place: Alex Rudzinski/Chris Paysen (S) def. Brandon Schmidlapp/Justin Warnement (C) 9-8 (11-9).

Final standings

Overall: 1. (tie) Ottawa-Glandorf and Shawnee, 3. (tie) Celina and St. Marys, 5. Elida, 6. Van Wert, 7. Wapakoneta, 8. Defiance, 9. Kenton, 10. Bath.

Tournament: 1. Ottawa-Glandorf, 2. Shawnee, 3. St. Marys, 4. Celina, 5. Elida, 6. Van Wert, 7. Defiance, 8. Wapakoneta, 9. Kenton, 10. Bath.

Regular Season: 1. Shawnee, 2. Ottawa-Glandorf, 3. Celina, 4. St. Marys, 5. (tie) Elida, Van Wert and Wapakoneta, 8. Defiance, 9. Kenton, 10. Bath.

LIMA — Shawnee ruled the regular boys’ tennis season with a 9-0 record but Ottawa-Glandorf was right behind at 8-1 and O-G grabbed the Western Buckeye League tournament title and the two teams tied for the overall league title Saturday at the UNOH courts.

Shawnee totaled 10 points in the regular season and recorded nine points in the tournament while the Titans reversed that with nine points in the regular season and 10 points for their tournament win.

The Indians swept first, second, and third singles but couldn’t overcome two seventh-place finishes in doubles as the Titans won both doubles brackets and also had a second, a fourth, and a sixth in the singles brackets.

Tournament points were awarded 12 points for first place, 10 points for second, 8 points for third, 6 points for fourth, 4 points for fifth, 3 points for sixth, 2 points for seventh, 1 point for eighth, and zero points for ninth and 10th places.

O-G finished with 44 points in the tournament to 40 for the Indians and, as a result, the 2018 tennis season has co-champions. The title was the 24th for the Indians in 39 years in the WBL while the Titans recorded only their second championship in 43 years of WBL play.

The Titans first doubles team of cousins Zach Balbaugh and Drew Kuhlman took a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Andrew Vogel and Mason King of St. Marys to get the Titans off to a good start.

“It feels good, we had fun all year and feel vindicated after being runners-up last year.” Kuhlman said.

“We didn’t think we had a chance going into the season,” Balbaugh said. “It’s real cool to go out and win it.”

O-G continued its run when the second doubles team of Colin Welch and Ben Schaub knocked off the Elida duo of Jacob Ramirez and Riley Creps 6-2, 6-4 for the title.

The Indians then went to work in the singles matches and Jackson Schaaf took the third singles championship with a 6-0, 6-0 win over O-G’s Carter Welch.

“I tried to play consistent and pass when he came to the net.” Schaaf said. “My service game got better as the match went on.”

Second singles saw Shawnee’s Isaac Hanover knock off Kyle Lochtefeld of Celina by a score of 6-4, 6-2 to claim the victory.

“My first match today (6-0, 6-0 over Howie Spencer of St. Marys) I was really happy with my play.” Hanover said. “I started the second (championship) march strong but ran into some service issues. I calmed down and got my service game back so overall I’m happy.”

In first singles it was Michael Rutter of Shawnee knocking off Michael Etter of Van Wert by a 6-0, 6-1 margin.

“That is kind of how it has been all season with us being strong in the singles.” Shawnee coach Nate Higgins said. “Unfortunately, all three singles players are seniors and will be leaving; next year will be a lot of work.”

For O-G the co-championship is a big step forward for the program.

“The kids worked hard and we reached a goal so this is an accomplishment, getting a share of the title is a huge step forward for our program.” O- G assistant coach Matt Kelly said. “We knew our doubles teams had a chance to get us some points; it was successful season from top to bottom.”

Shawnee’s Isaac Hanover hits a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/05/web1_Hanover2.jpgShawnee’s Isaac Hanover hits a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Ottawa-Glandorf’s Drew Kuhlman attacks the net during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/05/web1_Kuhlman2.jpgOttawa-Glandorf’s Drew Kuhlman attacks the net during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Shawnee’s Michael Rutter goes high to hit a backhand shot during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/05/web1_Rutter2-3.jpgShawnee’s Michael Rutter goes high to hit a backhand shot during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
St. Marys’ David Keller hits a retuirn during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/05/web1_Keller.jpgSt. Marys’ David Keller hits a retuirn during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Ottawa-Glandorf’s Ben Schaub makes a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/05/web1_Schaub.jpgOttawa-Glandorf’s Ben Schaub makes a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
St. Marys’ Evan Tennant eyes a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/05/web1_Tenant2.jpgSt. Marys’ Evan Tennant eyes a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Ottawa-Glandorf’s Zach Balbaugh prepares to smash during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/05/web1_Balbaugh3.jpgOttawa-Glandorf’s Zach Balbaugh prepares to smash during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at UNOH. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Titans claim tournament crown

By Mike Miller

sports@limanews.com

Results

WBL Tournament

First Singles

Semifinals: Michael Rutter (Shawnee) def. Marcel Lansing (St. Marys) 6-0, 6-0; Michael Etter (Van Wert) def. Bryce Langenkamp (Celina) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Finals: Michael Rutter (S) def. Michael Etter (VW) 6-0, 6-1.

Third Place: Marcel Lansing (SM) def. Bryce Langenkamp (C) 6-3, 6-2.

Back Draw Semifinals: Jeffrey Adkins (Wapakoneta) def. Reece Cape (Defiance) 8-1; Craig Recker (Ottawa-Glandorf) def. Tyler Christoff (Elida) 8-3.

Fifth Place: Craig Recker (O-G) def. Jeffrey Adkins (W) 8-3.

Seventh Place: Tyler Christoff (E) def. Reece Cape (D) 8-3.

Second Singles

Semifinals: Isaac Hanover (Shawnee) def. Howie Spencer (St. Marys) 6-1, 6-1; Kyle Lochtefeld (Celina) def. Kevin Recker (Ottawa-Glandorf) 6-1, 6-1.

Finals: Isaac Hanover (S) def. Kyle Lochtefeld (C) 6-4, 6-2.

Third Place: Howie Spencer (SM) def. Kevin Recker (O-G) 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 6-3.

Back Draw Semifinals: Jordan Moening (Wapakoneta) def. Luciano Garcia (Defiance) 8-1; Sebastian Kunkleman (Elida) def. Kannen Wannemacher (Van Wert) 8-6.

Fifth Place: Sebastian Kunkleman (E) def. Jordan Moening (W) 8-2.

Seventh Place: Kannen Wannemacher (VW) def. Luciano Garcia (D) 8-3.

Third Singles

Semifinals: Jackson Schaaf (Shawnee) def. Michael Hellman (Van Wert) 6-0, 6-3; Carter Welch (Ottawa-Glandorf) def. Collin Harris (Celina) 6-3, 6-4.

Finals: Jackson Schaaf (S) def. Carter Welch (O-G) 6-0, 6-0.

Third Place: Collin Harris (C) def. Michael Hellman (VW) 6-1, 7-6 (4).

Back Draw Semifinals: CJ Vanderhorst (St. Marys) def. Jamal Caesar (Defiance) 8-3; Dylan Buetner (Elida) def. Curtis Hughes (Wapakoneta) 8-2.

Fifth Place: CJ Vanderhorst (SM) def. Dylan Buetner (E) 8-4.

Seventh Place: Jamal Caesar (D) def. Curtis Hughes (W) 8-4.

First Doubles

Semifinals: Zach Balbaugh/Drew Kuhlman (Ottawa-Glandorf) def. Jared Ramirez/Nathon Smith (Elida) 6-1, 6-3; Andrew Vogel/Mason King (St. Marys) def. Drew Klausing/Zachary Tettenhorst (Defiance) 7-5, 6-2.

Finals: Zach Balbaugh/Drew Kuhlman (O-G) def. Andrew Vogel/Drew Klausing (SM) 6-0, 6-1.

Back Draw Semifinals: Garrett Forlow/Sohaib Saleem (Celina) def. Zane Fast/Kaden Thoman (Van Wert) 8-2; Caden Schmidt/Gabe Niebel (Bath) def. Harsha Battula/Carter Schaaf (Shawnee) 9-8 (2).

Fifth Place: Garrett Forlow/Sohaib Saleem (C) def. Caden Schmidt/Gabe Niebel (B) 8-5.

Seventh Place: Harsha Battula/Carter Schaaf (S) def. Zane Fast/ Kaden Thomas (VW) 8-2.

Second Doubles

Semifinals: Colin Welch/Ben Schaub (Ottawa-Glandorf) def. Austin Hancock/Noah Kirby (Wapakoneta) 6-2, 6-2; Jacob Ramirez/Riley Creps (Elida) def. Evan Tennant/David Keller (St. Marys) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.

Finals: Colin Welch/Ben Schaub (O-G) def. Jacob Ramirez/Riley Creps (E) 6-2, 6-4.

Third Place: Evan Tennant/David Keller (SM) def. Austin Hancock/Noah Kirby (W) 6-0, 6-4.

Back Draw Semifinals: Hunter Perry/Andrew Frederick (Defiance) def. Brandon Schmidlapp/Justin Warnement (Celina) 8-4; Mason Bloom/Alex Stephens (Kalida) def. Alex Rudzinski/Chris Paysen (Shawnee) 8-1.

Fifth Place: Mason Bloom/Alex Stephens (K) def. Hunter Perry/Andrew Frederick (D) 9-8 (7).

Seventh Place: Alex Rudzinski/Chris Paysen (S) def. Brandon Schmidlapp/Justin Warnement (C) 9-8 (11-9).

Final standings

Overall: 1. (tie) Ottawa-Glandorf and Shawnee, 3. (tie) Celina and St. Marys, 5. Elida, 6. Van Wert, 7. Wapakoneta, 8. Defiance, 9. Kenton, 10. Bath.

Tournament: 1. Ottawa-Glandorf, 2. Shawnee, 3. St. Marys, 4. Celina, 5. Elida, 6. Van Wert, 7. Defiance, 8. Wapakoneta, 9. Kenton, 10. Bath.

Regular Season: 1. Shawnee, 2. Ottawa-Glandorf, 3. Celina, 4. St. Marys, 5. (tie) Elida, Van Wert and Wapakoneta, 8. Defiance, 9. Kenton, 10. Bath.

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