May 15, 2021

Creston/O-M boys win three in loss to Shenandoah

CRESTON — Shenandoah pieced together four wins in singles and two more in doubles for a 6-3 win on the SWCC courts over Creston/O-M boys tennis Thursday night.

The Panthers dropped to 2-5 on the season with the loss and host Clarke tonight for Senior Night, where six seniors will be honored.

“Tonight we had a lot of great matches with Shenandoah,” Panther head coach Kevin Cooper said. “They are a very solid team and have proven that throughout the season.”

The Mustangs posted wins at No. 1 singles from Reed Finnegan over Creston’s Reed Kunz, at No. 2 singles from Andrew Lawrence beating Jeremy Rutz, Shenandoah No. 3 Josh Schuster topping Daniel Merritt and No. 4 Eli Schuster edging Avery Fuller in a tight match.

In the No. 5 and 6 slots, Panther seniors Nate Wells and Foster McCuthan earned wins, Wells 10-5 over Dylan Gray and McCutchan 10-2 over Landen Newquist.

Fuller and McCutchan beat Gray/Newquist of Shenandoah 10-3 in the No. 3 doubles spot for Creston’s third win on the night.

“Tomorrow night is senior night and one of our last duals of the year,” Cooper said. “We then move into our preparation for tournament season and hopefully can be successful in that format.”

Varsity Singles

Reed Finnegan (Shen) def. James Kunz (C-OM) 10-3; Andrew Lawrence (Shen) def. Jeremy Rutz (C-OM) 10-3; Josh Schuster (Shen) def. Daniel Merritt (C-OM) 10-3; Eli Schuster (Shen) def. Avery Fuller (C-OM) 11-10 (9-7); Nate Wells (C-OM) def. Dylan Gray (Shen) 10-5; Foster McCutchan (C-OM) def. Landen Newquist (Shen) 10-2.

Varsity Doubles

Finnegan/J.Schuster (Shen) def. Kunz/Merritt (C-OM) 10-5; Lawrence/E. Schuster (Shen) def. Rutz/ Wells (C-OM) 10-7; Fuller/Foster (C-OM) def. Gray/Newquist 10-3.

JV Singles

Conner Wiley (C-OM) def. Dominick Reynolds (Shen) 6-1; Isaac Shields def. Dominick Reynolds (Shen) 5-0; Adam Short (C-OM) def. Isaiah Lamberson (Shen) 4-3; Lamberson (Shen) def. Steven Bell (C-OM) 4-3.

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.