Galion fourth in MOAC tennis; two Tigers earn league honors

MARION — The Galion Tigers tennis team was in competition at River Valley High School (Caledonia) and Grant Middle School (Marion) on Saturday morning to compete in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference tennis tournament.

Galion would finish fourth of the six teams in the conference on the day with 11 team points and would have two players earn MOAC second-team honors.

Buckeye Valley won the MOAC with 25 team points on the day. Rounding out the field were: 2. Jonathan Alder- 19 points; 3. River Valley- 15 points; 5. Harding- 5 points; and 6. Pleasant- 4 points.

Max Papenhausen found himself playing as Galion’s third singles representative on the day. Papenhausen would win his first match against his Pleasant opponent in straight sets; 6-2, 6-0. In his semi-finals matchup, Max faced off against an opponent from River Valley and won by a tally of 7-5, 7-5 to advance to the finals. Papenhausen was knocked off in straight sets by his Buckeye Valley opponent, Nick Baesman; 6-0, 6-0 to finish second.

In other singles action, Alec Dicus lost his first round, first singles matchup to his Harding opponent; 6-0, 6-0. In the fifth place match, Dicus fell to a Pleasant opponent; 8-1. Weston Rose played at second singles on the day and lost his opening round match to a Harding opponent as well; 6-1, 6-4. Like Dicus, Weston also dropped his fifth place matchup against Pleasant; 8-1.

Nic Oehler and Matt Sparks earned second-team All-MOAC honors at first doubles for the Galion Tigers on Saturday. Oehler and Sparks won their first round contest; 6-3, 7-6 (5) over Buckeye Valley. Continuing their journey, the duo had another marathon match in the semi-finals and defeated their opponents from River Valley; 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-5. Oehler and Sparks would lose their finals contest to the MOAC champions from Jonathan Alder, Patrick Koesters and Connor Dembek; 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-1.

Lucas Conner and Landon Rose teamed up as the second doubles team for Galion at the tournament. Conner and Rose defeated their opening round opponent from Pleasant; 6-3, 6-1. In the semi-finals, the Tigers duo dropped the match to eventual second doubles champions, Kyle Baesman and Erik Naslund from Buckeye Valley; 6-0, 7-6 (4). The duo would then face-off and defeat their opponent from River Valley; 8-4 to secure a third place finish.

Galion will finish off their regular season with a trip to Bucyrus to square-off against the Redmen on Monday May 8 and then host St.Pete’s at Heise Park on Tuesday.


By Chad Clinger

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