ST. JOSEPH — For the second year in a row, the?Chillicothe High School tennis Hornets boast of the top doubles entry in the Midland Empire Conference Tournament.
With each of the seven participating school providing two singles and two doubles entries, but players limited to competing in one form of play, CHS juniors?Grant Peterson and Chase Reeter won the doubles title by defeating both of St.?Joseph:?Lafayette’s entries in straight sets after having a first-round bye.
First-seeded like Reeter and Peterson, Hornets No. 1 singles player Wade Dietz also enjoyed a pass through the first of the three rounds, then defeated Eric Bostwick of Maryville in the championship semifinals. However, in the finals, Tyler Walter of Maryville, the Spoofhounds’ top gun who shut out Dietz in Chillicothe last week, bested him in a neutral-court rematch.
In taking first place in doubles, Reeter and Peterson succeed Dietz and since-graduated Laine Saunders as league title holders. Shifted to singles this year, Dietz was trying to become the Hornets’ first MEC singles champ in several years.
While those Chillicothe competitors were making their way to the championship matches,
CHS’ Gr. Peterson/Reeter duo beat the No. 2 St. Joseph:?Lafayette pair of Caleb Bates and Austin Day in a heated semifinals battle, 6-3, 6-4, then took Lafayette’s top team – Addison?Hadley and Zach?McMilan 6-4, 7-5 in the finals.
“It was a big win for our boys,” Chillicothe head coach?Aaron?Douglas commented.
“They showed a lot of team chemistry and played great together. Chase pounded heavy ground strokes, while Grant was aggressive at the net.”