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Edison, Hill continue SBC dominance at Bay championships

By JOSH MORGRET • Updated Apr 27, 2018 at 3:07 AM

PORT CLINTON — Edison's James Hill did not really want to talk about himself.

The undefeated senior could be talked about for days, though.

Hill topped Port Clinton's Andrew Fillmore, 6-2, 6-1, in the championship match at first singles at the Sandusky Bay Conference Bay division meet on Thursday at Port Clinton High School.

"I did what I usually do well to play so well today," Hill said. "I did a lot of serve and volleying. I just try to out-work and out-hustle my opponents."

Hill, who was also named the SBC Outstanding Performer, dispatched of Huron's Ben Nevison in the semifinals and St. Mary Central Catholic's Aiden Fullam in the opening round by identical 6-0, 6-0 scores.

"James is such a great athlete all-around," Edison coach Ryan Meredith said. "It's a good way to wrap up his career in the conference."

The Chargers also picked up a title at first doubles as Connor Goodwin and Nick Lombardi dispatched Elliot Auxter and John Young of Port Clinton, 6-3, 6-0, in the finals.

"Them two had a heck of a tournament," Meredith said. "They played fantastic and have played together for a couple of years. For them to wrap it up this way is outstanding."

Goodwin and Lombardi defeated Josh Haynes and Brandon Nye of Willard in the opening round, 6-0, 6-1 and blanked Jordan Smith and Parker Smith from Fremont St. Joseph, 6-0, 6-0, in the semifinals.

"They were just so excited," Meredith said. "They know each other so well. They know when they get down that they can bounce back and they do."

At second singles, Max Brenner of Port Clinton topped Huron's Jake Swope in the final, 7-5, 6-4. Brenner took out Willard's Kolin McKelvey, 6-1, 6-2, in the semifinals after defeating Delaney Hayes from Oak Harbor, 6-0, 6-2, in the opening round.

"Max was really swinging the racket well today," Port Clinton coach Aaron Taylor said. "He was down in both sets in the finals and found a way to come back both times."

Swope advanced to the final by topping Bryan Johnston, 6-2, 6-3, in the semifinals. Johnson took out Jacob Snell of SMCC in the first round, 6-0, 6-0.

At third singles, Oliver Claus from Huron took a 6-2, 7-5 decision over SJCC's Grant Stepanic in the championship.

"Oliver played consistent and kept it in play," Huron coach Dan Johnson said. "He used nice top-spin and put himself in good position to win points."

Claus topped SMCC's Chris Raymond in the opening round, 6-0, 6-0, and Jack Kessler of Port Clinton, 6-4, 7-6 (0) in the semifinals.

"My third match was my toughest for sure," Claus said. "My serving was hitting a lot today. My forehand was good."

Kessler defeated Graham Wiers of Willard in the first round, 6-0, 6-2 while Edison's Carter Kramer fell to Stepanic in the semifinal, 6-3, 6-3.

At second doubles, the duo of Quincy Kowal and Noah Shaw from Port Clinton took down Huron's Sam Slutz and Jeremiah Green in the final, 6-4, 6-1. Kowal and Shaw advanced to the final when they defeated Oak Harbor's Thomas Chovanec and Brennan Ish, 6-1, 6-1.

"Quincy and Noah did great today," Taylor said. "They played smart and were aggressive most of the day. I think that showed in their results."

Slutz and Green took out top-seeded Nick Shupe and Lincoln Meredith, 2-6, 6-2, 10-6, in the semifinals after Shupe and Meredith defeated Rojelio Lopez and Eli Jaramillo of Willard in the first round, 6-0, 6-1.

"We came together as a team and really played well," Johnson said. "It was unexpected for us. Usually we are one of the first teams to go home. Today, we are the last to leave. We are headed in the right direction."

Nevison advanced to the semifinals with a 1-6, 7-6 (4), 11-9 win over Nate Mansor of Oak Harbor.

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