Fairborn’s Mai wins singles title
TROY — The Fairborn Boy’s tennis team traveled to Troy on Thursday to participate in the Greater Western Ohio Conference Silver Flight Tournament.
At first singles, Nhat Mai, who was voted the tournament’s outstanding player, started off with an 8-4 win over West Carrollton. He followed that up with a tightly contested 9-7 win over Piqua. Mai closed out his championship run with an 8-2 win over Sidney’s best.
Mai’s outstanding day, along with the strong performance by Austin Lewis and Johnny Ngo, helped clinch the Skyhawks an eighth-place tie with Miamisburg for the day, with 10 teams overall participating in the tournament.
The doubles tandem of Ngo and Lewis began the day losing 3-8 to Miamisburg. From there, things got better as they downed Piqua 8-3 before struggling but holding on for a 9-7 verdict over Trotwood. They ended the day by blitzing West Carrollton 8-1 to earn their fifth-place finish.
Alex Cao and Caleb Arthur both finished 10th respectively in second and third singles. Robert Floyd and Tyler Fillback also lost three straight matches.
The Skyhawks will get some much-needed rest before beginning tournament play next Tuesday at Troy. Some of the players will open play Tuesday night, then the rest of the team will be in action on Thursday.
Champs too much for Fairborn
SPRINGBORO — Despite a solid team effort in hitting, Fairborn fell to Greater Western Ohio Conference, South Division leaders Springboro by a 7-0 score on Wednesday. Andy Gilbert led the Skyhawks going 3-for-3, with a double, Jon Fields went 2-for-3, with a double, and Will Coleman went 2-for-3.
Springboro won the GWOC South with an unblemished 10-0 mark, and the Panthers are 21-2 overall. Fairborn falls to 3-6 in the conference, 13-9 overall. Fairborn played at Xenia on Thursday.
Wenzler headed to NCAA Regionals
Wright State junior golfer Ryan Wenzler will compete in the Vanderbilt Regional as the NCAA announced its selections Thursday morning.
The three-round regional will take place May 16-18 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.. Wenzler will be one of 10 individuals competing at the regional, which also includes 13 teams.
Following conclusion of the regional, the low five teams and the low individual not on the five qualifying teams will advance to the NCAA Championships May 27-June 1 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.
Wenzler earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament after winning the Horizon League Tournament April 22-24 in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. He won the tournament with a three-round score of 211, becoming the first Raider to earn medalist honors at the league championship since Brandon Knutson won with a 210 at the 2006 championship in Carmel, Ind. With his first-place finish, the junior also was named to the league’s All-Tournament Team.
The league tournament was the second straight tournament win for Wenzler and the third title this season (NKU Collegiate Classic, Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational). Wenzler became the first WSU player to win three tournaments in a year since Frank Lickliter did so in 1989-90.
Wenzler was a First Team All-Horizon League selection this season as he posted a team-best 72.86 round average.