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Oak Harbor boys tennis ends Port Clinton's 74-match SBC streak

Fandy.com Staff • May 5, 2015 at 1:16 PM

Port Clinton's 74-match winning streak in Sandusky Bay Conference boys tennis play ended Thursday with an Oak Harbor singles sweep.

Oak Harbor took down the Redskins (3-2, 2-1 SBC) for the first time in the 21-year history of the Rockets' boys program.

"It was nice because we've played so many close matches, we've lost so many 3-2 close matches where we just couldn't pull it off," Rockets coach Rick LaFountain said.

The Redskins' last SBC loss was in the 2005 conference finale.

The Rockets (3-4, 1-1 SBC) swept the singles matches. Oak Harbor's Greg LaFountain took down Port Clinton's Chalin Cahlik in first singles, 6-3, 6-3.

Eli Boldt defeated Zach Auxter in second singles, 7-5, 6-3, and Nick Shay took down Adam Sebastiano in third singles, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.

"Boldt and Shay played real smart tennis," LaFountain said. "It was windy and cold today, and they did a real nice job of moving their feet and adjusting to the swirling winds.

"Our courts can be tough to play on, and when it gets cold and windy, it's a nice home-court advantage."

Port Clinton's Jonny Newton and Jeff Griffin defeated Matt Shiffert and Tony DeCesare in first doubles, 6-3, 6-2, and Matt Fillmore and Noah Cross took second doubles for the Redskins over Brock Goetz and Ian Rhoades, 6-0, 6-0.

Both doubles matches and one singles match were over first, and Port Clinton held a 2-1 lead. The attention turned to the other singles matches.

"You could tell they were playing not to lose," Port Clinton coach Jim Lamb said. "We try to talk about not worrying about that (streak), but it's in the back of their minds.

"I want to give a lot of credit to Oak Harbor. They played solid and got the points when they needed to. They got it done."

Some of the pressure has abated now that the Redskins' unblemished streak is over.

"Hopefully it'll free us up to play more loose, our kind of tennis, and hopefully start a new streak from there," Lamb said.

Oak Harbor bounced back with the win after a 4-1 SBC loss Monday to Perkins.

"(The Redskins) are going to be one of the contenders at the end of the year along with St. Mary's," LaFountain said. "We'll try to keep getting better every time we get on the court and leave the court a better player. Our singles showed that tonight."

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