It was a splendid run for Nate Hinze and Gage Keller on the tennis side of things.
The duo may have been as far apart on the grade spectrum as any of their competitors on the regional or the state side, but it certainly didn’t affect the pair’s ability to work together and put together what will stand as an all-time run for the Clay Panthers’ tennis program.
While Hinze and Keller fell to Vishaal Nalagatla and Justin Baker of Cincinnati Country Day, 6-0, 6-0 in the first round of the OHSAA Division II State Doubles Tournament, the pair, by coming together over the last month, have set the standard for what all Clay tennis programs will be set to from here on out.
The pair, who had won 28 of their 36 combined matches in singles or doubles play before entering the state tournament, started playing as a doubles unit on April 24 against Ironton and won 36 of their first 47 sets together to set the table.
Then, after splitting apart during the SOC I Tournament and taking home championships in singles — Hinze over New Boston’s R.J. Hayes, 6-4, 6-1 — and doubles — where Keller, along with fellow teammate Hunter Armstrong — defeated teammates Alicia Bobst and Regan Osborn, 6-1, 6-1 — the pair made their run to the sectional semifinals and the district semifinals en route to their state berth.
For Hinze and Keller, the 28-8 record that the pair combined to put up was impressive enough. However, when one considers the fact that Hinze had a late start to the tennis campaign after putting up a regional final run in basketball, and Keller, who is just of freshman age, had never experienced such a stage before, it certainly speaks volumes to the poise of the pair in any situation.
Del Rice mass sign-ups June 3rd
The Del Rice Baseball League will be having a mass sign up day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Larry Moore Sporting Goods, which is located on 1538 Gallia Street in Portsmouth.
Jason Armes, who is spearheading the league, will also be holding a coach’s meeting that same day. Anybody who wants to coach or start their own team is expected to be there no later than 10 a.m. with their rosters and uniform orders ready. Those individuals are also expected to contact Armes as soon as possible for further information about the league at (740) 285-3081 or at the league’s official Facebook page, which is named Del Rice Baseball League.
Fourth Annual Gavin Rupp four-man golf scramble set for June 17
The Fourth Annual Gavin Rupp four-man golf scramble, which is a benefit event held for the inspirational 13-year old who fought brain cancer for 30 months before passing away in July of 2013, has been set for Saturday, June 17 at Shawnee Golf Course.
Rupp, who attended Eagle Ridge Middle School in Ashburn, Va., was diagnosed with brain cancer in February of 2011. While fighting his battle with cancer, Rupp grew close to Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper, who was Rupp’s favorite player on his favorite team. Rupp, who would have turned 18 years old on Sept. 24 of this year, also loved Ohio State football.
Registration, which is $240 per team, will commence at 2:30 p.m. that same day. The event itself has a shotgun start time of 3 p.m.
A total of $1,000 will go to the first place team, while a cash payout will be awarded to the unit that comes in the runner-up slot. Lunch will be provided to all teams who participate.
All proceeds will benefit iPromise15.org and Team Gavin. To sign up for the event or for more information about it, contact Shelly Williams at [email protected] or at (740) 357-1591.