Blanton, Clay continue success


By Kevin Colley - kcolley@civitasmedia.com



It has certainly been a magical season all the way around for the Clay Panthers in all facets.

The Clay tennis program has continued that magic over onto Mound Park and the remaining tennis courts that surround Scioto County as Bobby Blanton’s club finished the regular season with a 13-3 overall record and a 9-2 mark in SOC play.

Clay, who already put together a fruitful campaign before the regular season even reached its halfway point when Nate Hinze signed with the newly formed men’s tennis program at Shawnee State University, took each of its first 10 games of the year and won its final 26 games to put together a splendid season that will rank among Clay’s best regardless of when the season concludes.

“I just want to thank Nate Hinze, Taylor Pack, and Lynlee Wells for a good season,” Clay head coach Bobby Blanton said. “They’ve improved, they’ve grown, and they’ve gained confidence, and I’ve been thrilled to coach them over the last two years. I got to know them a little bit more this season, and I was glad that I was able to watch them grow into good adults. The entire team made excellent contributions this year, and I’m really proud of everybody for working hard, as a team, in order to obtain success as a unit.”

Clay, who recorded 5-0 victories in seven of its 13 wins on the year, lost just two games in SOC I play during the regular season. The Panthers also accumulated 3-2 victories over Ironton, Minford, Portsmouth, and Valley, and took narrow 3-2 losses to Gallia Academy and Wheelersburg.

As a unit, Hinze only lost four games over the entire portion of the regular season, while Gage Keller, Garrett Stone, and Taylor Pack only dropped three contests. Hinze and Pack earned All-SOC accolades for their play. Sarah Widdowson and Regan Osborn only lost one match together when the pair played as a unit in doubles play, and only dropped three apiece altogether, to cap off a strong regular season for the Panthers.

March 24

Clay 5, Unioto 0

No. 1 singles — Nate Hinze (Clay) def. Brayden Warren (Unioto) 6-1, 7-5

No. 2 singles — Gage Keller (Clay) def. Brett Moore (Unioto) 6-0, 6-0

No. 3 singles — Garrett Stone (Clay) def. Montana Myers (Unioto) 6-0, 6-1

No. 1 doubles — Hunter Armstrong/Taylor Pack (Clay) def. Caroline Thiel/Caitlyn McKell (Unioto) 6-0, 6-1

No. 2 doubles — Sarah Widdowson/Regan Osborn (Clay) def. Colton Morton/Jacob Shuman (Unioto) 6-2, 6-0

March 28

Clay 5, West 0

No. 1 singles — Nate Hinze (Clay) def. Leo Steins (West) 6-1, 6-0

No. 2 singles — Gage Keller (Clay) def. Blaine Weaver (West) 6-0, 6-2

No. 3 singles — Garrett Stone (Clay) def. Kane Lewis (West) 7-5, 6-3

No. 1 doubles — Hunter Armstrong/Taylor Pack (Clay) def. Wes Robinson/Kim Tieman (West) 6-1, 6-1

No. 2 doubles — Sarah Widdowson/Regan Osborn (Clay) def. Joel Durant/Chris Dials (West) 6-1, 6-0

March 30

Clay 4, New Boston 1

No. 1 singles — R.J. Hayes (New Boston) def. Nate Hinze (Clay) 2-6, 7-5, 6-2

No. 2 singles — Gage Keller (Clay) def. Jaycee Carter (New Boston) 6-1, 6-2

No. 3 singles — Taylor Pack (Clay) def. CJ Craft (New Boston) 6-0, 6-1

No. 1 doubles — Hunter Armstrong/Garrett Stone (Clay) def. Katie Wagers/Ashley Farney (New Boston) 6-1, 6-1

No. 2 doubles — Sarah Widdowson/Regan Osborn (Clay) def. Jacob Hayes/Issac Irks (New Boston) 6-0, 6-0

April 4

Clay 3, Minford 2

No. 1 singles — Nate Hinze (Clay) def. Caden Wilcox (Minford) 6-2, 6-4

No. 2 singles — Gage Keller (Clay) def. Arrick Riffe (Minford) 6-4, 6-2

No. 3 singles — Taylor Pack (Clay) def. Alex Chan (Minford) 6-4, 6-0

No. 1 doubles — Dillon Shepherd/Zach Hammond (Minford) def. Hunter Armstrong/Garrett Stone (Clay) 0-6, 6-1, 6-4

No. 2 doubles — Josh Muck/Josh Wiehle (Minford) def. Regan Osborn/Savannah Moore (Clay) 6-2, 6-2

April 5

Clay 3, Portsmouth 2

No. 1 singles — Luke Purdy (Portsmouth) def. Nate Hinze (Clay) 6-0, 6-2

No. 2 singles — Gage Keller (Clay) def. Tayte Pridemore (Portsmouth) 7-5, 6-2

No. 3 singles — Garrett Stone (Clay) def. Luke Rodbell (Portsmouth) 6-1, 6-1

No. 1 doubles — Dillan Shugert/Jacob Fraley (Portsmouth) def. Hunter Armstrong/Taylor Pack (Clay) 1-6, 6-4, 6-1

No. 2 doubles — Sarah Widdowson/Regan Osborn (Clay) def. Anthony Rodino/Savannah Spence (Portsmouth) 6-4, 6-0

April 10

Clay 3, Valley 2

No. 1 singles — Nate Hinze (Clay) def. Austin Jones (Valley) 6-2, 6-0

No. 2 singles — Garrett Stone (Clay) def. Devon Bradley (Valley) 6-2, 6-3

No. 3 singles — Christian Breech (Valley) def. Taylor Pack (Clay) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1

No. 1 doubles — Hunter Armstong & Gage Keller (Clay) def. Nate Crabtree/Brandon Phillips (Valley) 7-6 (8-6), 7-5

No. 2 doubles — Issac Bradshaw/Landon McBee (Valley) def. Alicia Bobst & Lynlee Wells (Clay) 6-3, 6-3

April 12

Clay 4, Notre Dame 1

No. 1 singles — Nate Hinze (Clay) def. Jacob Blau (Notre Dame) 6-0, 6-1

No. 2 singles — Gage Keller (Clay) def. Connor Madden (Notre Dame) 6-1, 6-1

No. 3 singles — Garrett Stone (Clay) def. Jake Zheng (Notre Dame) 6-0, 6-3

No. 1 doubles — Spencer Wilcox/Toby Butler (Notre Dame) def. Hunter Armstrong/Regan Osborn (Clay) 6-1, 7-5

No. 2 doubles — Sarah Widdowson/Alicia Bobst (Clay) def. Katie Paterson/Brandon Bennington (Notre Dame) 6-4, 7-6

April 13

DH: Clay 5, East 0 in both matches

First Match

No. 1 singles — Nate Hinze (Clay) def. Ethan Carver (East) 6-0, 6-0

No. 2 singles — Gage Keller (Clay) def. Trenton Bond (East) 6-0, 6-0

No. 3 singles — Garrett Stone (Clay) def. Marissa Fulk (East) 6-0, 6-0

No. 1 doubles — Hunter Armstrong/Regan Osborn (Clay) def. Madison Cantrell/Vinny Crookshank (East) 6-0, 6-0

No. 2 doubles — Clay wins by forfeit

Second Match

No. 1 singles — Gage Keller (Clay) def. Ethan Carver (East) 6-0, 6-0

No. 2 singles — Garrett Stone (Clay) def. Trenton Bond (East) 6-0, 6-0

No. 3 singles — Alicia Bobst (Clay) def. Marissa Fulk (East) 6-0, 6-0

No. 1 doubles — Nate Hinze & Madi Nigh (Clay) def. Madison Cantrell/Vinny Crookshank (East) 6-0, 6-0.

No. 2 doubles — Clay wins by forfeit

April 17

Clay 5, New Boston 0

No. 1 singles — Nate Hinze (Clay) def. R.J. Hayes (New Boston) 6-1, 6-2

No. 2 singles — Garrett Stone (Clay) def. CJ Craft (New Boston) 6-0, 6-1

No. 3 singles — Alicia Bobst (Clay) def. Jacob Hayes (New Boston) 6-2, 6-4

No. 1 doubles — Hunter Armstrong/Regan Osborn def. Jaycee Carter/Katie Wagers 6-0, 6-3

No. 2 doubles — Maddi Nigh/Lynlee Wells (Clay) def. Ashley Farney/Brandon Ruggles (New Boston) 6-1, 6-1.

April 24

Clay 3, Ironton 2

No. 1 singles — Mitchell Weisgarber (Ironton) def. Taylor Pack (Clay) 6-0, 7-5

No. 2 singles — Garrett Stone (Clay) def. Trevin Dutey (Ironton) 6-3, 6-3

No. 3 singles — Sarah Widdowson (Clay) def. Steven Scott (Ironton) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3)

No. 1 doubles — Nate Hinze/Gage Keller (Clay) def. Jaxson Pleasant/Jake Issac (Ironton) 6-3, 6-3

No. 2 doubles — Mason Schugel/Aiden White (Ironton) def. Hunter Armstrong/Regan Osborn (Clay) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3

April 25

Clay 5, Notre Dame 0

No. 1 singles — Taylor Pack (Clay) def. Spencer Wilcox (Notre Dame) 7-6, 6-4

No. 2 singles — Garrett Stone (Clay) def. Brandon Bennington (Notre Dame) 6-0, 6-2

No. 3 singles — Hunter Armstrong (Clay) def. Jimmy Crider (Notre Dame) 6-0, 6-2.

No. 1 doubles — Nate Hinze/Gage Keller (Clay) def. Jacob Blau/Connor Madden (Notre Dame) 6-0, 6-0

No. 2 doubles — Regan Osborn/Lynlee Wells (Clay) def. Kyle McGraw/Jonathan Ware (Notre Dame) 6-1, 6-0

April 26

Clay 5, Unioto 0

No. 1 singles — Taylor Pack (Clay) def. Xixi McKell (Unioto) 6-3, 6-0

No. 2 singles — Garrett Stone (Clay) def. Jacob Shuman (Unioto) 6-0, 6-1

No. 3 singles — Hunter Armstrong (Clay) def. Caitlyn McKell (Unioto) 6-3, 6-1

No. 1 doubles — Nate Hinze/Gage Keller (Clay) def. Brayden Warren/Brett Moore (Unioto) 6-2, 6-3

No. 2 doubles — Regan Osborn/Sydney Barney (Clay) def. Colton Morton/Conor McMahon (Unioto) 6-3, 6-0.

By Kevin Colley

kcolley@civitasmedia.com

Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @ColleyKevin7

Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @ColleyKevin7