Chieftain netters grab convincing 4-1 win over London


Bellefontaine’s boys tennis team earned its most convincing win of the season Friday as it handled host London 4-1 in a non-league contest.

The Chieftains improve to 2-10.

“From top to bottom, our team looked great,” said BHS head coach James Howell. “Both doubles teams had to overcome adversity to pull out three-set wins.”

Bellefontaine’s Tyler Frantz grabbed the opening win at first singles by defeating Jack Spahn 6-2, 6-1. The Chiefs’ Isaiah Brady won at third singles with a victory over Bryce Mayne 6-1, 6-2.

London’s Colin Dach beat Adam Verbsky at second singles 6-1, 6-1.

Doubles action saw both Chieftain squads record wins. At first doubles, Bellefontaine’s Max Wilcoxon and Mason Bailey defeated Mitchell Rees and Peyton Robison 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

At second doubles, the Chiefs’ Min Lin and Dean Smith defeated Brock Newsome and Dage Spinning 6-3, 6-7, 2-7, 6-0

“Max Wilcoxon and Mason Bailey lost the first set, but were able to battle back and win the next two to get their first victory at first doubles,” said Howell. “I knew it would be soon for Max and Mason. They have been in some battles this year and have become stronger as a tandem for it.

“The second doubles team of Min Lin and Dean Smith started hot by winning the first set 6-3, but lost the second set in a tiebreaker. They found their groove in the third set winning 6-0. Many times a tie-break loss is a huge momentum shifter for a team, but Min and Dean had no problem putting the loss behind them and went to work in the third set.”

In junior varsity action, Bellefontaine’s Alex German and Derek Markley beat John Couch and Stephen Lingefelt 8-1, while London’s Colin Dach and Bryce Mayne topped Michael Coakley and Marshall Verbsky 8-5.

Bellefontaine hosts Piqua today.