Tennis action for Clermont County’s high school varsities has slowed down as the teams prepare for the soon to be played respective sectional tournaments.
Goshen and New Richmond are displaying their winning ways of late in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division. Batavia is doing the same in the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division. Milford is playing very respectfully in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division.
New Richmond is entering the tournament with some of the best team performances in recent days which should help the Lions in the post-season.
“We’ve been playing pretty well. They have gotten better,” said head coach Rylan Shebesta, himself, a multi-sport star at Amelia High School during his prep days.
Shebesta singled out junior first singles player Tyler Esham for his consistently fine performances throughout the season. In the Southern Buckeye Conference Tournament Esham played very well giving SBC singles champion Chase Miller of Batavia his toughest competition.
"I'm very happy with everybody's attitude with all of the moving around. I expect this to help us in the future. We don't have any seniors. Everyone will be back next year so I expect the team to continually get better," Shebesta concluded.
The Warriors wiped out East Clinton's Astros 5-0 in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division game. The triumphant Clermont countians were Amos Lawson (first singles) 6-0, 4-6, 6-4, Jay Estoquia (second singles) 6-3, 6-4, Richard Duculon (third singles) by forfeit, Kincaid and Reese (first doubles) 6-3, 6-1, and Godby and King (second doubles) 6-2, 6-1.
The Lions nipped Batavia 3-2 in a non-division Southern Buckeye Conference showdown. The winners in Red and Black were Ethan Johnson (second singles) 6-3, 7-5, Kyle Frizzell and Caleb Theiss (first doubles) 6-2, 6-2, and Nick Groman and Eric Hays (second doubles) 6-2, 6-2. The victorious in Green and White were Miller (first singles) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 and Nathan Sisodia (third singles) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.
The Cardinals succumbed to Western Brown 5-0 in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division contest.