Created on Friday, 10 May 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
It has been a long season for the Bellefontaine boys tennis team, but the Chiefs were filled with joy Thursday night.
Bellefontaine captured its first win of the season by beating visiting Springfield Shawnee 4-1. In an added bonus, it came in the final home match for longtime head coach Jim Stein. He is retiring at the end of the season after 35 years at the helm.
Prior to the match, the Chieftain players donned special shirts recognizing Stein. After the win, they poured a bucket of ice water on their head coach to celebrate.
“It was a great night,” said Stein. “Nobody wants to go an entire season without a win. I am especially happy for our seniors. They have been in a lot of matches where they came up a little short. It was good to see them get over the hump.
“It was an emotionally charged night. Everything fell into place for us.”
Bellefontaine is now 1-18 overall and 1-14 in the Central Buckeye Conference with one regular-season match remaining.
Shawnee beat Bellefontaine 4-1 in their first matchup, but the Chiefs turned the tables on the Braves in the rematch.
The Chiefs swept the singles matches Thursday in straight sets.
Bellefontaine’s Rohan Prasad rolled to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Micky Hall at first singles, Tyler Frantz defeated the Braves’ Ellie Dixon 6-3, 6-0 at second singles and Logan Raney won 6-1, 6-3 over the Braves’ Evan Pitstick at third singles.
The Chiefs also picked up a victory at first doubles, where Patrick Tarasiewicz and Adam Verbsky defeated Alex Quick and Rob Garringer 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
“First doubles played a great match,” said Stein. “They did a good job bouncing back after dropping their first set.”
Bellefontaine’s second doubles team of John Beach and Dean Smith were defeated by Chandler Stidham and Hayden Parrill 6-0, 6-1.
In reserve doubles action, Bellefontaine’s Isaiah Brady and Josh Kruetzer won 9-8. The Chiefs’ Michael Coakley fell 6-0 in a reserve singles match.
Bellefontaine wraps up the regular season today at Kenton Ridge.