Lexington Boys Tennis Perfect in Capturing 14th OCC Title

Lexington Boys Tennis Perfect in Capturing 14th OCC Title

MOUNT VERNON, OH – Lexington Boys Tennis dominate the Ohio Cardinal Conference Tournament to claim their 14th OCC title at Mount Vernon Nazarene University Ramser Tennis Courts Saturday afternoon. The Minutemen won all five championships for a perfect team score of 60 points. In the first singles competition, Lexington’s Senior Tommy Secrist would control the first set to win 6-1 over West Holmes Knight’s Curtis Wagner. Wagner would rebound in the second set and take a commanding 5-2 advantage over Secrist. “I wanted it the whole day,” said Secrist.”I had a close match with this kid (Wagner) just a couple of weeks ago and I knew what I would have to do to close it out. He made a good run.. he nearly had me beat.”Secrist would regroup to win the next five games and take 2021 OCC Player of the Year Honors with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Wagner. Lexington was in all five of the championship matches but Wooster would match up with the Minutemen in four of them, including the second singles final. In the second singles competition, Lexington’s Freshman Karl Etzel would overpower Wooster’s Francis Sim 6-0-6-1 to be an OCC Champion in just his first year competing at the high school level. “It feels great as a freshman to be an OCC Champion because I have been talking to my friends that have been in high school before me and there always talking about doing stuff at OCC’s and Sectionals,” said Etzel.”It always sounded great and now I’m here.”In the third singles competition, it was more of the same between the Minutemen and the Generals with Wooster unable to defeat a young talented player from Lexington. Lexington’s Freshman Ethan Remy would defeat Wooster’s Senior Ben Haven 6-1, 6-3 showcasing once again Lexington’s bright present and future. In the doubles competition, it was the same story with Lexington defeating Wooster to wrap up a perfect year in OCC action. In first doubles action, Lexington’s duo of Ryan Mecurio and Ross Drlik won in straight sets over Wooster’s Freshmen duo of Brock Ranney and Garrett Ranney 6-1, 6-2. In the second doubles action, the Minutemen’s duo of Joesph Litao and Jake Chilcote beat Wooster’s duo of John Sibilia and Jared Pennell 6-0, 6-1. “We’re young this year,” said Lexington Head Coach Ron Schaub. “We got everybody back next year and hopefully for the next foreseeable future, we’re going to have a really strong team. I feel really glad for the kids.”Lexington will travel on Wednesday to take on Lima Central Catholic in the OTCA Team Tournament before OHSAA Division II Sectional action at Shelby High School on Thursday.