TRENTON — Eaton’s boys’ tennis team won the inaugural Edgewood Invitational on Saturday, April 8.
In the four-team event, each player on Eaton’s team finished no worse than second.
“They ran it where they awarded first and second place to individual positions but also had it weighted to include team points as well,” Eaton coach John Hitchcock said.
Waynesville, Edgewood, and Middletown finished second, third and fourth respectively.
Eaton’ s first singles player Breven Perry finished second.
He won a tough three-set match against Waynesville’s top player, but unfortunately had to default his finals match because of injury, according to Hitchcock.
The Eagles had two individual champions. Second singles player Brad Kramer and third singles Cody Frizzell each played well enough to earn the top spots in their respective brackets.
Kramer beat a player from Middletown in the semifinals, then beat Edgewood in the finals.
Frizzell beat Waynesville, then battled for 2 1/2 hours against Edgewood and came out on top 6-4, 6-1, according to Hitchcock.
Eaton’s first doubles team of Andrew Collins and Branson Ball earned second place after narrowly beating Edgewood in the first round, but losing to a strong Waynesville team in the finals.
The second doubles team of Dylan Hauser and John Altom also earned second place. They won their match against Middletown then had a long drawn out three set match against Waynesville in which they came up just short, falling 6-4, 4-6, 3-6.
“Overall, it was great day to play some tennis. Great temperature, minimal wind made the conditions very comfortable to play in. It was great to get a tournament like this so early in the season because it offered many lessons to the players which they can use to help and improve their games as they move forward,” Hitchcock said. “I’m very happy for them and the team win. It shows them that their hard work is starting to pay off.”
On Thursday, April 13, Eaton beat Monroe 5-0.
In singles play, Perry won against Drew Gaddafi 6-3, 6-0. Kramer beat Tim Wackler 6-1, 6-1 and Cody Frizzell cruised past Paolo Dongo 6-1, 6-0.
In doubles play, Collins and Ball rolled by Oseie Wong and Jude Weizmann 6-2, 6-0, while Hauser and Altom won against Kristen Myers and Elaina Gadd 6-0, 6-0.
On Tuesday, Eaton dropped a 5-0 decision to Bellbrook.
Perry lost to Brayden Kopp 1-6, 3-6
Kramer lost to Zach Schultz 5-7, 3-6
Frizzell lost to Andrew Haberland 5-7, 4-6
Collins and Ball lost 6-7 (3), 6-7 (4) to Sam Songer and Juliuss Rickman.
Hauser and Altom lost against Cole McCrae and Andy Russell 2-6, 4-6.
Eaton began the week with a 5-0 win over Northridge on Monday.
Perry won against Nathan Nathan Snedigal 6-0, 6-0
Kramer won against Tyler Bennett 6-0, 6-0.
Frizzell won by forfeit
Collins and Ball won against Vernon Woods and Josh Brown 6-0, 6-2.
Hauser and Altom won against Travis Royalty and Seth Wilson 6-0, 6-1.
The Eagles were scheduled to play West Carrollton on Monday and Oakwood on Tuesday. They will travel to Preble Shawnee on Wednesday. Eaton will host Brookville on Thursday and travel to Greenville on Friday.
Preble Shawnee gets much needed win
The Arrows traveled to Carlisle on Friday, April 14 and beat the host Indians 3-2.
Shawnee picked up wins at first singles and both doubles to secure its second win of the season.
At first singles Pierce Elliott (PS) d. Chandler Stramm 6-0, 6-0.
At second singles Austin Yeary (C) d. Hayden Brown 6-4, 7-5.
At third singles Tyler Yeary (C) d. Austin Carter 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(1).
At first doubles Alec Hamblin and Chris Allen (PS) d. Jack Bowser and Alex Ward 6-0, 6-2
At second doubles Malorie Plaugher and Brenden Whisman (PS) d. Noah Harrison and Tyler Grooms 6-1, 6-1.
“We really needed a win, especially a league win. Everyone played well tonight and we had a great chance to win all five individual matches. We came up just short at second and third singles but Austin and Hayden fought hard and never gave up,” Shawnee coach Dave Hubbard said. “I am really proud of the effort they gave tonight. Our players dominated at the other three spots and did a great job of securing this win for us”.
With the win, Shawnee improved to 2-5 overall and 1-1 in the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division.
On Wednesday, Shawnee lost to Dayton Christian 3-2.
Dayton Christian 3, Preble Shawnee 2
1) Pierce Elliott (PS) d. Paul Hodge 6-3, 6-2
2) Samuel Thompson (DC) d. Malorie Plaugher 6-0, 6-3
3) Hannah Withers (DC) d. Austin Carter 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-0
1) Solomon West/Elaina Baker (DC) d. Alec Hamblin/Chris Allen 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
2) Hayden Brown/Brenden Whisman (PS) d. Alex Simms/Jessie McMatton 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
“We had a great night of tennis with three matches going three sets,” Hubbard said. “Unfortunately, we were only able to win one of those. Hayden and Brenden played very well in their first doubles match together this season. Pierce continued his outstanding play with a convincing win over a very solid player.”
On Tuesday, the Arrows suffered a 4-1 setback to visiting Milton-Union.
At Preble Shawnee HS
Milton Union 4, Preble Shawnee 1
1) Phillip Brumbaugh (MU) d. Pierce Elliott 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3
2) Nathan Brumbaugh (MU) d. Hayden Brown 6-1, 6-2
2) Nick Brumbaugh (MU) d. Austin Carter 6-1, 6-1
1) Alec Hamblin/Chris Allen (PS) d. Caleb Black/Deuce Ruby 6-1, 6-3
2) Adam Knepper/Matt Brown (MU) d. Malorie Plaugher/Brenden Whisman 6-4, 6-0
“We lost to a very tough team tonight but our kids fought really hard and played some very solid tennis,” Hubbard said. “Alec and Chris did a great job picking up our only individual match win. Pierce played some absolutely gutty tennis tonight against one of the best players in the area. I couldn’t be more proud of him and the way he battled right up until the last ball”.
On Monday, Shawnee dropped its match at Valley View, 4-1.
1) Pierce Elliott (PS) d. Justin DeVilbiss 6-1, 6-1
2) Chase Midkiff (VV) d. Hayden Brown 6-0, 6-1
3) Ian Barnett (VV) d. Austin Carter 6-0, 6-0
1) Ben Holbrook/Ben Lawson (VV) d. Alec Hamblin/Chris Allen 7-6 (3), 6-3
2) Michael Fischers/Carter Norte (VV) d. Malorie Plaugher/Brenden Whisman 6-1, 6-1
“Valley View has a solid lineup from top to bottom. It was a tough night for us but our players fought hard. Pierce did a nice job and continued his great start to his season. Alec and Chris played really well and lost to a very tough number one doubles team,” Hubbard said.
Shawnee was scheduled to play Lebanon on Monday, April 17 and Dixie on Tuesday. The Arrows are to host Eaton on Wednesday and Waynesville on Thursday.