The Miami Trace tennis team had a match to make up against Jackson Wednesday, May 2.
The Panthers won, 5-0 to clinch the first-ever Frontier Athletic Conference boys tennis championship.
At first singles, Matt Fender defeated Mason Sheets, 6-4, 6-3.
At second singles, Ely Schirtzinger beat Hunter West, 6-1, 6-0.
Third singles saw Nathan Taylor top Raymond Armstrong, 6-1, 6-1.
Adam Ginn and Johnathan Allen defeated Carson Strange and Garrett Turner at first doubles, 6-0, 6-1.
At second doubles, Isaac Abare and Brett Lewis beat Stephen Mushan and Colt McManis, 6-2, 6-1.
In one j-v match, Devin Riggs won a pro-set, 8-0.
Miami Trace finishes 7-1 in the FAC.
“With us losing the seniors we did last year, the seven seniors we had this year did a good job of stepping up and filling that void,” Miami Trace head coach Greg Leach said.
Leach also mentioned the efforts and contributions of Paul Natzschka, Isaac Abare, Ely Schirtzinger, Nathan Taylor and Brett Lewis.
“Probably the biggest challenge was keeping everyone satisfied with this large group,” Leach said.
“The second time around the league, all the teams got better,” Leach said. Leach also spoke about the challenge for his players with the cold weather in April and several postponements due to the abundance of cold and rainy days.
Matt Fender went 7-1 in league play and Adam Ginn and Johnathan Allen did not lose a set in league play and finished the season undefeated overall.
On Thursday, May 3, Miami Trace traveled to Chillicothe to take on Unioto on the courts at Ohio University’s branch campus.
The Panthers won the match, 5-0.
At first singles, Isaac Abare beat Connor McMann, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.
At second singles, Paul Natzschka defeated Jared Andrews, 6-2, 6-0.
Jack Ivers beat Thomas Quanci at third singles, 6-0, 6-0.
At first doubles, Brett Lewis and Devin Riggs defeated Brandon Warren and James Shuman, 6-2, 6-0.
At second doubles, Ryland Gardner and Jake Harris beat Evan Hatmaker and Jason Shuman, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.
Ivers, Gardner and Harris were all in the varsity lineup for the first time and all emerged with victories.
The Panthers will be in Sectional play at Portsmouth Monday.