Columbian notches eighth victory

Tornadoes slip past Fremont Ross, 4-1

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Columbian's Ben Klepper hits the ball during a tennis match against Ross in Tiffin Wednesday.

It was anything but easy for Columbian against Fremont Ross, but the Tornadoes battled through three three-set matches to top the Little Giants 4-1 Wednesday.

Ben Klepper got things rolling for the Tornadoes (8-4) with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Alex Thatcher at No. 1 singles, while Hayden Stone took down Lucas Cronin 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 and Dustin Digby had the toughest match of all beating Sam Long 6-3, 6-7 (9-11), 6-1 at No. 3.

The second Tornadoes doubles duo of Travin Durham and Anthony Petrosino upended Brandon Richter and Cassandra Horn 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

The lone loss for TC came at first doubles as Eli Theis and Daniel Bupp fell to Fremont’s Trevor Weickert and Ethan Myer 6-0, 6-2.

Clyde breezes

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CLYDE — Clyde remained unbeaten in the Sandusky Bay Conference Wednesday as it took care of Oak Harbor 4-0 with the last doubles match not being completed.

Clyde (9-1, 4-0 SBC) dropped just a few sets as Nathan Strudthoff beat Bo Hermes 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, while Caleb Prunty dropped Nate Mansor 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 and Daniel Stevens beat Matt Harris 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3.

Clyde’s Noah Prunty and Alex Brandon topped Lucas Greggila and Holden Pelz 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles. Scott Clapp and Jacob Strudthoff had a 6-2, 2-3 score before it was suspended.

Whippets play tough, but fall to Rams

SHELBY — It wasn’t smooth sailing for Upper Sandusky Wednesday at Shelby, but in the end, it was a 4-1 victory for the Rams.

The Rams took two of three singles matches as No. 1 Nate Hensel dispatched Noah Kennard 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), while No. 3 Clay Burger beat Alex Gribble 6-0, 6-2. Shelby’s Ryan Stahl upended Alex Engle 5-7, 6-1, 10-6 at No. 2 singles.

Turner Dilley and Noah Frey downed Danny Murray and Ethan Eidt 6-2, 7-5 at No. 1 doubles, while the second Rams duo of Alex Brodman and Chad Mostoller beat Josh Yee and Nolan Stahl 6-4, 6-2.

“It was not our best win today as we played sloppy at several points in the match,” Rams coach Aaron Frazee said. “But we were able to overcome slow starts in several matches and rallied to get the win on four of the five courts.

“Shelby is traditionally pretty strong, but has a lot of first year players this year, so our experience was vital in getting the win. We continue to lean on our doubles teams for two points and they keep coming through for us.”