TROY – Four Greenville boys tennis players qualified for this week’s Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I district tournament.
Seniors Noah Haupt and Craig Manges won the Division I sectional doubles tournament at Troy while seniors Austin Grote and Josh Smith finished fourth in the sectional tournament to join their classmates as district-tournament qualifiers.
Haupt and Manges began sectional tournament play on Wednesday with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Springfield sophomores Paavan Patel and Marshall Grooms. They then beat Vandalia-Butler juniors Ross Fike and Leland Skapik 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals and qualify for districts.
In Saturday’s semifinals Haupt and Manges beat Troy freshman Nathan Kleptz and junior Andrew Magoteaux 6-3, 7-6 (6). In the championship match the Greenville duo beat Troy seniors Jack Johnston and Nick Prus 6-7 (5), 6-0, 6-2 for the sectional title.
Grote and Smith beat Springfield senior Kyle Carey and sophomore Shivam Patel 6-2, 7-6 (2) in their opening match. They then beat Tecumseh sophomore Christian Hunt and junior Johan Goksor 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals and qualify for districts.
In the semifinals Grote and Smith lost 6-3, 6-7 (5) 6-2 to Troy’s Johnston and Prus. In the third-place match they lost 6-3, 6-2 to Troy’s Kleptz and Magoteaux to finish fourth.
Three Greenville tennis players concluded their seasons in the sectional singles tournament.
Junior Aaron Lobenstein lost 7-5, 1-6, 6-2 to Piqua senior Brad McPherson.
Freshman Branson Leigeber lost 6-1, 6-2 to Sidney junior Logan Searcy.
Freshman Josh Galloway lost 6-2, 6-1 to Tecumseh sophomore Drew Sarihan in the opening round.
The duos of Haupt and Manges plus Grote and Smith will compete in the Division I district tournament on Thursday at the ATP Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
For complete results from the sectional tournament and more information about the district tournament, visit swdab.org.
Kyle Shaner may be reached at 937-569-4316. Follow me on Twitter @KShanerAdvocate or get updates on Facebook by searching Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com.
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