The Galion boys tennis team finished third at the Grandy Tennis Invitational on Saturday.
“All the kids were playing very well today and in several cases they were playing above their heads,” said Galion head coach Tom Pawsey. “Being consistent and working hard is starting to pay off for this team.”
Tanner Amos at one singles had a tough draw and lost in the first round 6-8 to a St. Pete player. Lucas Conner lost at two singles 2-8 to a Tiffin Calvert player.
Tristan Baldy at three singles won his opening match 8-1 over a Bucyrus foe. In the seconc match, he lost a tough 6-8 match to a River Valley player. He bounced back to win the console match to finish third with a 8-0 victory. Baldy is now 10-4 on the season.
First doubles team of Nic Oehler and Matt Sparks won their first match over a St. Pete team 8-5, then won their second match 8-1 over a team from Bucyrus and then lost the championship match 0-8 to a Upper team.
Second doubles team of Landon Rose and Ty Harris won their match 8-2 in the semis over a River Valley team. After bye in the first round, they lost in the finals 0-8 to a Upper Sandusky team.
“The team is synergistic, which means the whole team is going the same way and the outcome is just awesome,” Pawsey said.
Bucyrus head coach John Supon said his team is still feeling his way through.
“I try to invite teams that are equal and next year we are going to bring in 8 teams so no one has a bye,” he said.
Grandy, who personally designed the original courts and installed a water line for a crude water fountain, worked diligently to make the Bucyrus High School tennis facility one of the best in the area during his time as the tennis coach. Upon Grandy’s passing, his family determined that a portion of the memorial contributions should go to improve the tennis facility at BHS.
Grandy’s son, Tom, has been instrumental in helping the district identify necessary upgrades to the facilities and helping the district finance those projects. The paved pathway to the tennis courts, new park-style water fountain, new aluminum bleachers and improved storage facility were all made possible by Grandy’s memorial fund.
“We are very grateful that Tom and the Grandy family continue to have such a strong affinity for the Bucyrus City School District and our tennis programs,” Superintendent Kevin Kimmel said. “Our hope is to continue the invitational for many years to ensure the legacy of a man who had such a profound impact on so many Bucyrus students.”
Additional equipment upgrades for this year’s invitational have been made possible by generous donations from Spreng Capital Management, Paul Moser Nationwide Insurance, Bucyrus Elks Lodge #156 and Dr. Glenn McMurray D.D.S. Sponsor signs will be displayed at the Bucyrus Tennis Courts thanks to a donation from Dean’s Trophy House.
Information submitted by Galion tennis assistant coach Terry Gribble was used in this article.
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