By Gary Andrews
The Manchester and Wabash boys’ tennis teams trekked to Peru Thursday to battle for the sectional title. After a half hour delay because of rain the Squires topped the Apaches 4-1 for the crown.
The win was the first sectional crown for Manchester since 2006.
One singles Connor Eichenauer, Manchester Def. JD Boone, Wabash 6-0, 6-2
Two singles Max Karg, Manchester Def. Edward Dillard, Wabash 6-2, 6-0
Three singles Kody Fuller, Wabash Def. Brayton Spann, Manchester 6-3, 6-2
One double Noah Cain and Morgan Metzger, Manchester Def. Aaron Hartley and Thomas Grier, Wabash 6-1, 6-3
Two doubles Dalton Day and Branden Scott, Manchester Def. Taylor Vigar and Jalen Grier, Wabash 5-7, 7-6, 6-2
Max Karg pushed his record to 17-1 on the season with a convincing 6-2, 6-0 victory. Up 1-0, the 1 doubles team of Morgan Metzger (14-3 on season) and Noah Cain (11-4) won their first set easily 6-1 and had to hold off a scrappy Wabash team to win set two, 6-3. Just minutes after Metzger and Cain made it 2-0, the Manchester fans erupted in cheers when #1 singles player Connor Eichenauer hit a winner past JD Boone to seal the title.
Dalton Day and Branden Scott needed 3 sets to defeat a determined Wabash team, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.
"What an outstanding feeling! To watch our guys celebrate victory and enjoy the rewards of their hard work makes all the hours and effort worthwhile. I want to thank the parents and community fans that support and cheer our team on to victory. Many past graduates and local friends have enjoyed this victory along with us. And a special thanks to Jeremy Markham, our athletic director, for his support and assistance in bringing our program a championship. Coach Erny and I are excited to advance to the Culver Regional,” said coach, Joel Eichenauer
The Squires are now 13-2 and head to the Culver Military Academy regional Tuesday at 5 p.m.