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  • Indians tennis own namesake tournament

  • It’s become custom this season that the Osage boys tennis team win a tournament. Saturday, May 3 was no exception as the Indians once again proved why they’re one of the best teams in mid-Missouri, taking first place as team in the Osage tennis tournament.
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  • It’s become custom this season that the Osage boys tennis team win a tournament. Saturday, May 3 was no exception as the Indians once again proved why they’re one of the best teams in mid-Missouri, taking first place as team in the Osage tennis tournament.
    This is the third time this season the Indians have won a tournament. They were victorious in the joint Camdenton/Lebanon tournament and accrued the most amount of point in the Waynesville tournament April 26.
    Coach Scott Blacksher said it took a team effort to win enough points among the six competitive teams represented.
    Osage squared off against the teams from Boonville, Camdenton, Lebanon, Richland and Willow Springs.
    Osage senior Adam Keith, playing as the number four seed in the singles bracket, got a bye in the first round and cruised to an 8-0 win in the second round, matching up with Camdenton freshman Grant Burton in the third round.
    Keith, Osage’s usual number three players and Burton, Camdenton’s top singles player, played long rallies. Keith eventually won the match 6-4, 6-2, putting him through to face Willow Spring’s top player in the finals.
    Giving it his best for Osage Keith eventually lost 6-4, 6-2, to take second place in the singles bracket.
    Burton went on to win the third place match for the Lakers.
    Osage sophomore Jordan Wilson won his first round singles match 8-0. Then in the second round Wilson met the number three seed from Richland, Scott Baranowski. Baranowski’s consistency won the match for him 8-3. Wilson played hard for Osage, winning three more matches in the consolation bracket, taking fifth place.
    In doubles action, seniors Thomas Uhl and Ryan Curran, the top seeded team in the doubles bracket, steamrolled the competition losing only one game in three matches. After getting a bye in the first round Osage met Lebanon’s number two team, winning 8-1. In the semifinal, Uhl and Curran played Camdenton’s top team of seniors Zach Brown and Dimitri Iordanou. Playing with controlled aggression Osage won 6-0, 6-0. With the first place medal at stake, Uhl and Curran played Boonville’s top team.
    Osage played strong at the net to take home the gold with a 6-0, 6-0 score.
    Osage’s number two doubles team of Adam Schoening and Phillip Kirby won their first round match, but dropped a heartbreaker in the second round.
    In team points, Osage came in first with 23 points, Camdenton came in second with 14 ½ points, and Willow Springs placed third with 12 ½ points. Overall it was another great day of tennis for the 2014 Osage tennis team.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Indians followed the tournament victory with a 9-0 drubbing of Helias Monday. They played at Salem Tuesday.
    The Indians finish their regular season Thursday night at home against Richland.
    Camdenton will finish their regular season Thursday at the Ozark Conference Tournament.
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