The Ottumwa Courier


May 18, 2013

Seniors send Bulldog boys tennis careers out with Metro title


Roosevelt didn't provide much in the way of resistance to a successful final day for Ottumwa. The depleated Roughriders, who had to postpone the make-up trip Wednesday because of a lack of transportation to the City of Bridges, used a makeshift roster of junior varsity and varsity players, which led to Roosevelt having to forfeit the No. 4 and No. 5 doubles matches immedately.

OHS didn't need the forfeitures. White swept Roosevelt's Micheal Jackson 6-0, 6-0 to get the Bulldogs on the board in just over 30 minutes. Gardner and Bohlman along with freshman Zach Ray followed before the hour was up, and when Sam Kramer finished off a 6-0, 6-3 win in the No. 4 singles over Islam Muhammed, the dual and the third-straight Metro team title belonged to the Bulldogs.

"It's great to win three titles in a row. The guys have always been upbeat and positive no matter what the circumstances and no matter what the weather conditions were like," Ottumwa head boys tennis coach Alan Paris said after receiving a water bath from his seniors for the first time as a head coach following the win. "They gave me a bath for winning the conference title for the first time. That shows the enthusasium they brought with them to the court each day out here. They were a fun team to coach."

Fittingly, the Bulldogs finished off the night by showcasing more of their senior depth that has been a trademark of this season. Alec Maas, Joe Wetrich, Brandon Lein, Michael Phippen, Isaac Goodman and Alex Hardie all closed out their Ottumwa boys tennis careers as well as part of the conference championship-clinching win as the Bulldogs celebrated a class of 13 seniors that made up the 2013 boys tennis team.

"It feels like half the team was here for four years," White said. "It's incredible to think we're saying goodbye to that many guys."

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