June 26, 2016

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Tennis: Cloverleaf’s Jacob Dunbar wins third singles title

MEDINA — Jacob Dunbar wrapped up his Suburban League boys tennis career in style on Saturday afternoon.

The Cloverleaf junior won his third straight SL Tournament championship at first singles, defeating Copley’s Jarad Pennington 6-1, 6-3 on the courts at Medina High.

Jacob Dunbar

Dunbar, who will graduate later this month, went 10-0 in conference matches in each of his three seasons. The honors student has already accepted a scholarship to play tennis at the University of Richmond in the fall.

Not only did Dunbar earn his third conference MVP honor with the crown, he extended his family’s dominance in the SL. Older brother Ethan Dunbar — a current standout with the Spiders — won the four previous SLT first singles crowns, giving the dynamic duo the last seven championships.

Dunbar blanked Nordonia’s Tyler DiSiena 6-0, 6-0 in the opening round, and then swept Highland senior Steve Smykal 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals. He did not lose a set all season.

Smykal finished fourth after losing the third-place match to Revere’s Noah Hendrickson 6-3, 6-3, while Wadsworth senior Ryan Salem was seventh.

At second singles, Highland junior Michael Hutchings dropped the title contest to Copley’s Andrew Ong 6-0, 6-0. Wadsworth senior Eric Corbett finished fifth, with his lone loss coming against Ong in the opening round.

Cloverleaf junior J.J. Martin had a strong day in placing third at third singles. He rallied to beat top-seeded Joshua Hadler of Highland 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the third-place contest after pushing Revere’s Matt Harris to three sets in the semifinals before falling 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.

Also at third singles, Wadsworth sophomore Cameron Croghan won the fifth-place match by powering past Green’s Adam Jasso 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-1).

The Grizzlies provided Medina County’s top finishes at doubles. David Fergusson and Ben Hanna were third at first doubles, while Asa Berlin and Owen McDevitt placed second at second doubles.

Highland’s two tandems both finished fifth in Logan Gsellman and Ben Kelly (first doubles), and Vince Luth and Michael Joyce (second doubles).

Gsellman and Kelly knocked off Cloverleaf’s Joe Winnicki and Jack Dean in the consolation bracket final 6-2, 6-2.

The Indians won the team title with 39 points, while Revere was second with 32. Highland (25), Wadsworth (23), and Cloverleaf (19) went 3-4-5. Tallmadge and Green each had 16, and Nordonia was last with 10.

In the final SL overall standings, Highland and Revere tied for second place behind Copley. Cloverleaf and Wadsworth shared fourth place.

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