April 22, 2021

Creston/O-M tennis splits with Red Oak

Creston/O-M varsity boys tennis picked up a 9-1 victory against Red Oak and the varsity girls suffered a 6-3 setback to the Tigers in meets Tuesday.

Boys romp Tigers

In singles action, the Panthers’ James Kunz beat Max DeVereies 10-7 and Jeremy Rutz beat Joshua LaRette 10-1, before Tyler Beeson beat Creston/O-M’s Daniel Merritt 10-8. C/O-M rounded out with wins from Avery Fuller 10-0 over Jonah Wemhoff, Nate Wells 10-3 over Tyler Strunk and Foster McCutchan over Nate Ernst 10-0.

The Panthers swept doubles matches with Kunz/Merritt beating DeVereies/LaRette 10-5, Ruts/Wells defeating Wemhoff/Strunk 10-2 and Fuller/McCutchan beating Beeson/Corbin Wolfe 10-3.

“It was a really great feeling to get out on the court for the first time this year,” Creston/O-M head coach Kevin Cooper said. “We had the advantage of having five players back from 2019. Yes, they moved up spots on the lineup, but today was not a new experience for them, and that helped us.”

In JV singles, Creston/O-M’s Conner Wiley beat Wolfe 8-3 and Carson Cooper topped Xavier Ross of Red Oak 8-3. In doubles, Wiley/Cooper beat Ernst/Ross 8-1.

Next up, the boys take on Atlantic at home Thursday.

Red Oak girls top the Panthers

Maddie Fry beat Jessica Lukehart of Red Oak 8-1 to start singles action for the Panthers. Red Oak’s Rhenn Rolenc defeated Morgan Driskell of Creston/O-M 8-2; Panther Karly Calvin beat Tessa Rolenc 8-5; Red Oak’s Anna Grizzard topped Creston/O-M’s Sam Dunphy 8-5; Red Oak’s Brooklyn Johnson beat Jess Elben 8-2 and Red Oak’s Mercedes Ramirez beat Creston/O-M’s Halle Evans 8-1.

Doubles action saw Rolenc/Ramirez beating Driskell/Dunphy 8-5; Fry/Calvin topping Lukehart/Rolenc 8-3 and Grizzard/Johnson winning over Eblen/Evans 8-6.

“Like with our boys team, it was great to get out on the court tonight to get our season started,” said Cooper. “We have a mixture of experienced players and others who are competing in this sport for the first time. We didn’t play singles as well as we anticipated, and that put a lot of pressure on us in doubles. We had some matches that were tight and we just need to focus on turning those matches into points for us.”

The Creston/O-M girls play Thursday at Atlantic.

Junior varsity results showed Caitlin Bruce and Josie Mahan falling to Red Oak’s Madison Bruce and Grace Wingfield 6-5, Abby Wheeler and Haylee Meyer beating Red Oak’s Cayden Wingfield and Lexi Fridolf 4-0, Sophia Short and Jenny Li beating Tigers Josie Rengstorf and Abby Johnson 4-2, Kolbey Bailey and Abby Tallmon falling to Red Oak’s Aedynn Graham and Taylor Bennett 4-3, Hannah Buchanan and Bailey Wilson losing to Red Oak’s Prasha Bell and Wingfield 4-1; Brooklyn Knight and Mica Andreasen falling to Madison Bruce and Lexi Fridolf of Red Oak 4-2, Kloey Crawford and Kennedy Lohoff losing to Tigers Abigail Johnson and Grace Wingfield 4-2, Kaylee Harper and Reece Kinsella losing to Red Oak’s Josey Rengstorf and Aiden Graham 4-1, Caitlin Bruce and Josie Mahan beating Tigers Prasha Bell and Taylor Bennett 4-0, and Abby Wheeler and Haylee Meyer beating Red Oak’s Lexi Fridolf and Madison Bruce 4-0.

Caleb Nelson

Caleb Nelson has served as News Editor of the Adair County Free Press and Fontanelle Observer since Oct. 2017. He and his wife Kilee live in Greenfield. In Greenfield and the greater Adair County area, he values the opportunity to tell peoples' stories, enjoys playing guitar, following all levels of sports, and being a part of his local church.