Roughriders tennis plays well at Western Buckeye League championship.

Pictured are the members of the St. Marys boys tennis team. Front row, left to right, are Kameron MacLean, Joey Vanderhorst and Rhett Chisholm. Back row, from left, are Isaac Wibbeler, Connor Milner, Coach Luke Gossard, Preston Wilson and Correy Nelson.

LIMA -- The St. Marys boys tennis team had a good showing in the second day of competition of the Western Buckeye League tournament on Saturday.

Play was held at the University of Northwestern Ohio courts.

The second doubles team of freshman Isaac Wibbeler and junior Connor Milner won the league title in their bracket. They defeated Defiance’s Nathan Blunt and Riley Nadler 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) in the semifinals. In the championship, they won 6-4, 6-7 (8-10), 7-5 over Adam Stump and Seeth Grieshop of Shawnee

Joey Vanderhorst finished second at first singles. He won the semifinal match 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 over Carter Welch of Ottawa-Glandorf. He lost to Shawnee’s Gabe Burke 6-1, 6-3 in the final.

The first doubles team of Correy Nelson and Preston Wilson lost in the semifinals to Andrew Frederick and Ryan Yeager of Defiance by a score of 6-3, 6-4.. They rebounded to win the third-place match 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 over O-G’s Josh Walls and Hayden Kuhlman.

Rhett Chisolm finished fifth at third singles by defeating R.J. Veit of Celina 9-7 in a pro set (first to eight games; win by two).

At second singles, Kameron MacLean finished seventh. He defeated Kenton’s Rylee Messenger 8-3.

Roughriders coach

Luke Gossard said, “It may have been cold weather wise to start the morning at UNOH on Saturday, but the boys came out on fire to start out at every position.”

He added that “I’m so proud of all 7 of my boys, and how they faced adversity. Even though all positions were not able to place in the top 3 at WBLs, we were all able to learn a lot as individuals and as a team. The determination in these boys to improve and become better tennis players is astounding, for that, I am a proud coach. There’s no doubt I’m very hard on the boys and that I’m trying to get the best out of them every single day. They understand the kind of culture I’m trying to build for this program and we are on the right track.”

Other WBL champions were:

1st singles --

Burke (Shawnee)

2nd singles -- Mason Stahl (Shawnee)

3rd singles -- Macmanus Davis (Shawnee)

1st doubles -- Andrew Frederick and Ryan Yeagar (Defiance)

St. Marys finished third in the WBL with a 7-2 record. They will next compete in the sectional tournament. The first day of play will be Thursday at UNOH with action starting at 9 a.m.

In singles play,

Gabe

Vanderhorst

will face the winner of Caiden Bush(Bath) and Geddes Klingler (Ada).

MacLean will take on Celina’s Logan Goettemoeller, and Chisholm will face Lima Central Catholic’s Brady Koenig.

In the doubles bracket, Nelson and Wilson will play the winner of the match between Elida (Bartels/Butler) and Wapakoneta (Doll/ Coca).

Milner and Wibbeler will play Lima Central Catholic (Bader/Braglia).