On Saturday, April 4 at the Hiland Tennis Invite it was the Coshocton Redskins taking home the title on the heels of their stud 1st and 2nd singles players. The Redskins’ Jim Magness rolled through the 1st singles bracket not losing a game on his way to the title.
His brother Sam was almost equal to the task. Sam Magness loss just one game to Hiland’s Dillon Zimmerly in the second place game in the 2nd singles bracket to earn Coshocton more points and solidify its win.
The brothers were State qualifiers a year ago, playing in the 1st doubles tournament, but getting knocked out in their first round match 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 to Lima Shawnee.
To complete the sweep in the singles tournament, Coshocton’s Cameron Windt got past Triway’s Will Walker 6-2, 6-1. The final standings of the Hiland Tennis invite were as follows;
Coshocton Redskins – 14
Triway Titans – 7
Hiland Hawks – 5
West Holmes Knights – 4
West Holmes picked up three points in the 1st Doubles competition with a comeback win over Coshocton in the championship match. After Ethan Meyer and Andrew Rodhe dropped the first set 3-6, the pair rebounded for a 6-1 win in set two and then crushed Coshocton’s Thomas Gauerke and Mitchell Milliken 10-2 in the tie-breaking third set.
Eric Biltz and John Hipp earned West Holmes its fourth point with a 3rd place finish in the 2nd doubles bracket.
The host Hawks got points from Zimmerly for his second place finish in 2nd singles and Hiland also took third place in both 2nd and 3rd singles. The hard-serving Seth Haun took down West Holmes’ Nathan Hartley 6-0, 6-0 to pick up the points in the 1st singles bracket and Grant Gingerich earned points for his third place in 3rd singles.
A Hiland team of Charles Schlabach and Logan Weaver had a battle with Gauerke and Milliken in their first match of the day dropping a close onw 6-4, 6-4. Schlabach and Weaver forced the Coshocton team to several deuce and advantage points, but were unable to break the Redskins when they needed to.
Schlabach and Weaver went on to take down Triway 6-4, 6-3 to earn the final points of the day for Hiland as the third place team in the 1st singles bracket.