By Ben Stroup
The Buckeye Valley boys tennis team had to wait a week longer than it would’ve liked to wrap up a league championship, but did just that when the MOAC Tournament resumed Saturday morning in Marion.
The Barons picked up individual crowns on three of the five courts on the way to the team title.
Caleb Herriott, having never played singles before the tourney, picked up the most unlikely of the three thanks to a trio of three-set thrillers at second singles.
Herriott rallied for a 6-7, 7-6, 6-1 win in his opener before knocking off a solid opponent from River Valley in the second round.
He simply outlasted his Jonathan Alder opponent in the championship, securing six straight points to rally from a 1-5 deficit in a third-set tiebreak. The final score was 6-7, 6-4, 7-6.
Nick Roden and Ben Swanger, meanwhile, picked up their second straight doubles championship, winning the title at first doubles with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over an Alder pair in the title tilt.
Buckeye Valley’s other championship came at second doubles, where Mitch Garnett and Jake Kehoe won 6-2, 6-2 in the final.
In other action, freshman Kyle Baesman, another player new to the singles scene, nabbed runner-up honors at third singles while Nick Baesman finished third at first singles.
Kyle Baesman started his run with a 6-3, 6-1 win over an opponent from Marion Harding and beat the second seed from Alder 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinal before falling in the final.
The Barons also played in the Village Academy Cup over the weekend. Roden and Swanger won at first doubles, Kyle Baesman and Eli Walls won a match at second doubles and Herriott and Garnett won a match as well.
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