Blue Devils nudge Logan in tennis

By Paul Boggs -

LOGAN, Ohio — Nothing like leaving a location for the likely last time with a win.

That’s because the Gallia Academy High School tennis team, making its final appearance in Logan on Tuesday in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League capacity, clipped the Logan Chieftains 3-2 in an SEOAL match.

With the victory, the Blue Devils remain undefeated at 4-0, and are 2-0 in the SEOAL —with back-to-back 3-2 triumphs over Athens and Logan.

This season marks the final for the SEOAL — which is ending operation effective July 1.

While Gallia Academy is already a full-time member of the Ohio Valley Conference, the Blue Devils have remained an associate member of the SEOAL in tennis.

As they did against Athens on Monday, and against non-league Portsmouth Clay a week ago, the Blue Devils did to Logan what has clinched them their four 3-2 wins.

Once again, Gallia Academy swept the three singles matches in straight sets, while getting swept itself in the two doubles tilts.

And, the same singles trio turned the trick again on Tuesday — as junior Miguel Velasco, junior Pierce Wilcoxon and senior Miles Cornwell won their slots yet again.

Just as they did against Athens and Clay, Velasco won at first singles, Wilcoxon won at second singles, and Cornwell claimed success at third singles.

Velasco swept Logan’s Nicholas Kudlapur 6-2, 6-3 at first singles, while Wilcoxon nearly blanked Jeremiah Martin 6-1, 6-0 at second singles.

Cornwell captured a 6-1, 6-2 win at third singles over Justin Vogt.

The Chieftains swept both doubles contests, which — once again — consisted for Gallia Academy of four girls.

Riley Kelch and Seth Primmer swept MiKayla Edelmann and Katie Carpenter 6-2, 6-4 at first doubles, while Colton Lonberger and Connor Wells won 6-2, 6-0 over Olivia Meadows and Jenelle Stevens at second doubles.

Gallia Academy and Jackson, the defending SEOAL champion, are 2-0 in the league —while Logan and Athens are both 0-2.

Jackson, which has swept both Logan and Athens by identical 5-0 counts, plays at Gallia Academy on Monday.

The Blue Devils return home, and return to non-league action, against Ironton today (Thursday, April 6) and against Portsmouth Notre Dame on Friday (April 7).

Both bouts are set for 4:30 p.m.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs