DHS Tennis Highlights (2011-12) ...
November 13, 2012
DHS TENNIS ENJOYS PROFESSIONAL JUGGLER:
A group of about 40
from the DHS Tennis family enjoyed professional juggler Mark
Nizer's show at Emens Auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Nizer (pictured abover with Coach Cleland, Natalie Alexander,
Ashley Loffer and Marissa Morris) performed a mind-boggling
juggling act, including juggling ping-pong balls high into the
air using only his mouth.
At the end of the show, his message was excellent: Go for your
dreams, even if it seems impossible.
October 6, 2012
FALLS TO INDIANAPOLIS NORTH CENTRAL IN SEMI-STATE:
Delta Tennis ended its memorable season on Saturday (Oct. 6)
with a 5-0 loss to Indianapolis North Central in the Homestead
North Central spent half the season at
No. 1 in the rankings.
Delta, currently ranked No. 22, finished with a 21-3 record and
won its 17th regional title in the past 18 seasons. The Eagles
were competitive in many positions at semi-state and fought hard against
(NOTE: North Central went on to finish State Runner-Up to
Carmel on Saturday, Oct. 13)
Delta collected 29 total games on a cold, breezy day.
The closest match came at No. 3 singles, where junior Jordan
Fenwick lost 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 in a three-hour match. Jordan
ended his first varsity season with a 19-6 record.
Evan Rodenberger-Nick Wilson played an outstanding first set
against North Central's Patrick McAuley and William Reifeis, but
lost the match 7-5, 6-0. Rodenberger and Wilson finished
the season 24-3.
Rodenberger, the only senior in the lineup, finished with 55
career varsity wins, which ranks 19th in Delta Boys' Tennis history.
The other competitive position on Saturday was No. 2 singles,
where junior Alec St. John lost to North Central's J.J. Kroot,
6-2, 6-4. Alec concluded his first season as a singles
player with a 23-4 record.
Mercer took a 16-match winning streak at No. 2 doubles into the
semi-state, but North Central's depth was too strong. The
Panthers' Ari Gerstein and J.T. Wynne won 6-1, 6-0. Jay finished 21-5; Collin
Junior Bradley Wuthrich ran into a buzzsaw at No. 1 singles,
where Riley Reist posted a 6-0, 6-0 win. Bradley wrapped
up his year at 17-10.
22nd-ranked Delta (21-3)
collected five championships this season:
Hoosier Heritage Conference
October 3, 2012
REGIONAL CHAMPS AGAIN!:
Five months after winning the IHSAA Girls' Regional at Marion,
the Delta Tennis program added the Boys' Regional title, giving
them a sweep of the 2012 titles.
The boys claimed a 4-1 victory over Mississinewa in the
championship match Wednesday evening.
It is the 17th regional championship in the past 18 seasons for
Delta leads the state of Indiana was 21 victories. The
Eagles are 21-2.
Their two losses are to Fort Wayne Canterbury and Northeastern
-- and both of those teams also won regional titles Wednesday to
join Delta among the final 16 teams in the chase of the state
Once again it was a team effort.
Evan Rodenberger-Nick Wilson won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles to
improve to 24-2.
For the 16th straight match,
Mercer won at No. 2 doubles. They won 6-1, 6-2. Jay is 21-4; Collin is
Next off the court was
Jordan Fenwick, who clinched the regional title with a 6-4, 6-1
win at No. 3 singles. He trailed 3-4 in the first set,
then rattled off 9 of the next 10 games.
Jordan moved to 19-5 for the season.
Alec St. John survived a tough battle with Mississinewa senior
Austin Branock at No. 2 singles. Alec won 6-3, 6-3 in a
match that featured many long, athletic points. Alec is
23-3. Branock ends his career as the third-winningest
player in Missisissinewa tennis history.
The top player in Mississinewa history, senior Abram Fleming,
got the Indians' lone point. He won 6-1, 6-2 over Bradley
Wuthrich at No. 1 singles. Bradley is 17-9.
Fleming advances as an individual, where he will play Yorktown's
Ian Landwehr for the sectional title.
22nd-ranked Delta (21-2) will play Indianapolis North Central in the Homestead Semi-State at 10 a.m. Saturday.
North Central is ranked No. 4 after spending part of the season
at No. 1 in the state polls.
September 29, 2012
For the 20th consecutive season, the Delta Eagles are boys'
tennis sectional champions!
Delta eliminated Yorktown 4-1 on Saturday
to wrap up the sectional title again. The Eagles have won every
year since 1993.
Delta improved its record to 40-0 in sectional matches over the
past 20 years as the Eagles clinched their 20th
straight sectional title on Saturday.
This is the sixth-highest consecutive sectionals streak in
Indiana State Boys' Tennis history. (Munster holds the
record with 32 sectionals in a row.)
The latest victim was county rival Yorktown. Delta won 4-1
to improve to 39-1 against Yorktown in Coach Cleland's career.
In many ways, the match was very similar to the regular-season
matchup with Yorktown. Both times, Yorktown freshman Ian
Landwehr won at No. 1 singles, but the Eagles dominated the rest
of the match. In the regular season, the Tigers collected
three games total in the other matches. In the sectional,
the Tigers managed six games.
Evan Rodenberger-Nick Wilson won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles to
move to 22-2.
Mercer won at No. 2 doubles, 6-3, 6-0, for their 14th straight
victory. Jay is 19-4; Collin is 18-3.
Alec St. John controlled Ian Helfert 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 singles.
Alec is now 21-3 or the fall.
Jordan Fenwick dominated Eric Short 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.
Jordan moved to 17-5 for the season.
Bradley Wuthrich is 16-8 at No. 1 singles. He fell 6-1,
6-1 to Landwehr, who advances in the IHSAA individual sectional
A victory over Winchester would be Delta's 20th win of the
season, a number they have reached only once in the past five
September 28, 2012
REACH SECTIONAL FINALS:
a match that lasted one hour, Delta efficiently took care of
Muncie Central by a 5-0 score in the sectional semifinals.
The doubles matches ended first within 30 seconds of each other.
Evan Rodenberger-Nick Wilson improved to 21-2, and Jay Robillard-Collin
Mercer won at No. 2 doubles. Jay is 18-4; Collin is 17-3.
Bradley Wuthrich, Alec St. John and Jordan Fenwick won singles
matches against Muncie Central. Alec got his 20th win of
the season at No. 2 singles.
Muncie Central collected only eight games total.
22nd-ranked Delta (18-2) will play Yorktown in the finals of the Delta Sectional
at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Eagles are seeking their 20th
straight sectional title.
September 24, 2012
EAGLES CLINCH CONFERENCE:
Delta finished the regular season with a conference championship
on Monday evening as the Eagles cruised past Mt. Vernon, 5-0.
Delta put up the following regular-season numbers:
Champion, Hoosier Heritage Conference
Champion, Delta Invitational
Champion, Kokomo Invitational
Runner-Up, FW Carroll Invitational
No. 22 state ranking (as high as No. 18 during season)
Bradley Wuthrich, Alec St. John and Jordan Fenwick won singles
matches against Mt. Vernon.
Evan Rodenberger-Nick Wilson and Jay Robillard-Collin Mercer won
No one lost a set for the varsity.
Robillard and Mercer played one of their best matches of the
year with a dominant 6-0, 6-2 win. Collin is 16-3; Jay is 17-4
Evan and Nick gained their 20th victory of the year against just
Bradley is 15-7; Alec is 19-3; and Jordan is 15-5.
The JV team won 9-3 to finish the fall with a 12-3-1 record.
Freshman Joe Wegener completed an unbeaten 18-0 season with a
victory at No. 1 singles.
Jack Sanders, Evan Snider, Jacob Brewer, and Devon Current were
also singles winners. Conner Neal-David Hoopingarner;
Christian Thomas-Matt Hapner; Devon Greene-Gregg Walker; and
Noah Mercer-Sam Williams were doubles winners.
September 22, 2012
DELTA INVITE CHAMPIONS:
Delta completed a dominant week with a clean sweep of the field
in its annual Delta Invitational on Saturday.
The Eagles played five matches last week and won all five by
In the invitational, Delta shut out Burris, Richmond and Lake
Central by 5-0 scores.
Burris and Richmond each won only six games against Delta.
Lake Central won 20 games. For the day, Delta outscored
its opponents 180 games to 32 games.
Delta moved to 16-2 in duals.
Leading the way on Saturday was the No. 1 doubles team of Evan
Rodenberger and Nick Wilson. They gave up only two games
total in three matches and are now 19-2 on the year.
Rodenberger now has 50 career varsity wins; he is the 25th boy
in DHS Tennis history to reach the 50-win mark.
Junior Jordan Fenwick allowed three games on the day and is now
14-5 at No. 3 singles.
Junior Alec St. John gave up only six games on the day and moved
to 18-3 at No. 2 singles.
Junior Bradley Wuthrich allowed only nine games at No. 1 singles
and improved to 14-7 for the fall.
Junior Collin Mercer and sophomore Jay Robillard also won three
more matches at No. 2 doubles. Collin is 15-3; Jay is 16-4
The JV team hit the road for the four-team Fort Wayne Carroll Invite,
but rain, wind and hail ended their day early. They were
able to play only one match, a 4-3 loss to Fort Wayne Bishop
Dwenger. The JV slipped to 11-3-1 with the loss.
The regular season will conclude Monday with a 5 p.m. match at
Mt. Vernon. The varsity will try to complete a perfect 7-0
September 19, 2012
SENIORS CELEBRATE IN STYLE:
led the way with varsity victories as Delta dominated Pendleton
Heights 7-0 in a conference match. The victory came on our
annual Senior Day celebration.
By special arrangement with Pendleton, the match format was four
singles and three doubles varsity matches. As a result,
all five DHS seniors were able to play varsity.
Senior Dillon Eldridge played varsity No. 4 singles and won 6-0,
6-0. He is now 3-0 for his career in varsity matches.
Seniors Evan Rodenberger and David Hoopingarner teamed up at
No.1 doubles for a 6-2, 6-1 victory. It was Hoopingarner's
second career varsity match.
At No. 3 doubles, seniors Christian Thomas and Evan Snider
played varsity for the first time in their career. They
dropped the first set 4-6, but then rallied to win the final two
sets 6-0 and 6-2.
Other winners were junior Bradley Wuthrich at No. 1 singles,
junior Alec St.
John at No. 2 singles, junior Jordan Fenwick at No. 3 singles,
and sophomores Nick Wilson and Jay Robillard at No. 2 doubles.
Delta moved to 13-2 in duals and 6-0 in Hoosier Heritage
In the JV match, Delta won 9-2 to improve to 11-2-1.
JV winners were Devon Current, Jacob Brewer, Sam Williams, Noah
Mercer and Chad Hedge in singles. Doubles winners were
Conner Neal-Collin Mercer; Joe Wegener-Jack Sanders; Devon
Greene-Gregg Walker; and Matt Hapner-Nick Bantz.
September 19, 2012
SENIOR DAY GOES WELL:
Delta celebrated Senior Day on Wednesday, Sept. 19 with a nice
ceremony in front of an appreciative crowd.
Seniors Evan Rodenberger, David Hoopingarner, Dillon Eldridge,
Evan Snider, and Christian Thomas were honored in a
ceremony prior to the match.
Special thanks to:
Kirsten Brewer, who organized the event and made sure the
senior boys were honored properly. She took photos, made
photo posters, made special framed collages, ordered cakes, and
decorated the shelter.
Debbie Current, helped decorate the shelter and helped
serve cake and punch.
Jennifer Williams, helped serve refreshments.
Shane Neal, took the initiative to produce large color
poster signs with the seniors' photos. Special thanks to
sophomore Conner Neal for designing the
And to all who helped in any other way with photos, refreshments,
September 13, 2012
NORTHEASTERN AND DELTA PLAY CLASSIC MATCH:
On paper, it
looked like it would be a great high school tennis match.
And the real thing lived up to the pre-match billing as
25th-ranked Northeastern outlasted 18th-ranked Delta 3-2 in a
match that lasted more than three hours Wednesday night.
The match was the first time two state-ranked teams had ever met
in tennis on the Northeastern courts. Northeastern is the
first team from its conference ever to earn a state Top 25
Players and coaching staffs from both teams are good friends, so
the anticipation was strong for a memorable match in front of a
Northeastern got on the board first with a 6-1, 6-2 victory from
senior Jeremy Lacey at No. 3 singles over junior Jordan Fenwick.
Lacey is undefeated for the season.
Delta evened the score at 1-1 when senior Evan Rodenberger and
sophomore Nick Wilson won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles over senior
Ryan Hester and junior Charlie Webster.
All other matches extended deep into the night. At one
point, more than 2 hours, 45 minutes into the match, all three
remaining courts were at 6-5 in the third sets.
Next to finish was Northeastern junior Jacob Rankin at No. 2
singles. He topped Delta junior Alec St. John in a battle
of athletic lefties, 6-1, 1-6, 7-5.
Delta quickly evened the match again when junior Collin Mercer
and sophomore Jay Robillard prevailed over Northeastern junior
Shane Stiner and sophomore Craig Dingwerth, 6-7, 6-2, 7-5.
Attention shifted to the first court, where Delta junior Bradley
Wuthrich and Northeastern sophomore Grant Esposito were locked
in a 3-hour battle of laser groundstrokes. Bradley won the
first set 6-3, but Grant battled back to get the second set 6-2.
Bradley jumped ahead 4-1 and 5-3 in the final set, but Grant
again forged a comeback. In the end, Grant survived in a
third-set tiebreaker as Northeastern stayed undefeated for the
season at 12-0.
Delta slipped to 11-2.
In the JV match, Delta won 9-2 with several matches finishing in
near darkness. Joe Wegener won 6-0 at No. 1 singles, and
Jack Sanders won 6-2 at No. 2 singles.
September 12, 2012
EAGLES SMASH YORKTOWN: Playing one
of its best matches of the year, the Eagles smashed Yorktown,
4-1, in front of a large home crowd Tuesday.
Both teams were unbeaten in Hoosier Heritage Conference matches.
Delta now has sole possession of first place.
Alec St. John, Jordan Fenwick, Evan Rodenberger, Nick Wilson,
Jay Robillard and Collin Mercer beat their Tiger opponents by a
combined score of 48 games to 3.
At No. 1 singles, Bradley Wuthrich fell 6-4, 6-4 to undefeated
Yorktown freshman Ian Landwehr in a good battle.
In the JV match, Delta won 10-1 with many strong performances.
Delta (11-1 and ranked 18th) will play at undefeated and
25th-ranked Northeastern today at 5:00 p.m.
September 8, 2012
EAGLES WIN KOKOMO INVITE:
For the first time
since 2007, Delta went 3-0 in the Kokomo Invitational on
The Eagles shut out Kokomo 5-0, blanked West Lafayette 5-0, and
then topped Lebanon 4-1 in cool, breezy conditions.
Delta, ranked 20th, improved to 10-1 at the halfway point of the
The No. 1 doubles team of senior Evan Rodenberger and sophomore
Nick Wilson went 3-0 on the day, dropping only seven games
Junior Alec St. John was dominant, also, dropping only nine
games in his three victories at No. 2 singles.
Junior Bradley Wuthrich beat three solid opponents. He
outscored his opponents 36-14 in games on the day.
At No. 2 doubles, the Eagles also claimed three straight-set
wins. Junior Collin Mercer and sophomore Jay Robillard
were 2-0, and freshmen Jack Sanders and Joe Wegener went 1-0.
Junior Jordan Fenwick finished 2-1, beating Kokomo and West
Lafayette and falling to Lebanon in a close decision.
In the JV tournament, the Eagles beat Kokomo 7-0, defeated West
Lafayette 5-2, and lost to Lebanon 2-5. The JV team now
has a 7-2-1 record for the fall.
JV records from Saturday:
Sophomore Conner Neal 3-0
Senior Christian Thomas 2-0
Junior Devon Green 2-0
Sophomore Gregg Walker 2-0
Freshman Joe Wegener 2-0
Freshman Jack Sanders 2-0
Freshman Nick Bantz 2-0
Senior David Hoopingarner 2-1
Freshman Jacob Brewer 2-1
Senior Dillon Eldridge 1-1
Freshman Matt Hapner 1-1
Junior Devon Current 1-2
Senior Evan Snider 0-2
Extra players at high school site:
Freshman Chad Hedge 2-0
Freshman Sam Williams 2-0
Freshman Jack Sanders 1-0
Freshman Joe Wegener 1-0
Freshman Evan White 3-1
Freshman Zak Fenwick 2-1
Freshman Noah Mercer 1-1
September 5, 2012
DHS FINISHES SECOND IN CARROLL INVITE:
Eagles had to settle for second place in the Fort Wayne Carroll
Invitational following a 4-1 loss to Canterbury on Wednesday
night in Fort Wayne.
The match was for the championship of the rain-delayed Carroll
Invite. Delta, ranked 20th, had beaten Homestead and
19th-ranked Carroll to reach the finals. Canterbury,
ranked third, beat Plainfield and 24th-ranked Cathedral.
Canterbury won the tournament despite playing without two of its
top players, both out with injuries.
Delta won at No. 2 doubles as Jay Robillard and Collin Mercer
prevailed, 7-6, 6-3.
The score was the same at No. 1 doubles, but Canterbury came out
on top of Evan Rodenberger and Nick Wilson.
Bradley Wuthrich fell 6-4, 6-3 to Davis Huber at No. 1 singles.
Alec St. John lost 6-3, 6-3 to Chris Yahanda at No. 2 singles.
Jordan Fenwick struggled to get untracked at No. 3 singles.
In the JV match, Delta and Canterbury played to a 5-5 tie.
Joe Wegener, Jack Sanders and Evan Snider swept the top three
singles spots. Doubles winners were Nick Bantz-Matt Hapner
and Devon Greene-Gregg Walker.
meeting between Delta and Rushville in boys' tennis ended in a
5-0 shutout victory for the Eagles.
Rushville is leaving the Hoosier Heritage Conference. The
Lions have only seven players, four of whom are seniors.
Bradley Wuthrich picked up a strong win at No. 1 singles.
Alec St. John and Jordan Fenwick added singles wins. Evan
Rodenberger, Nick Wilson, Collin Mercer, and Jay Robillard were
There was no JV match.
Delta (7-0 and ranked 20th) will travel to Fort Wayne for a
match against third-ranked Canterbury at 5:30 Wednesday.
This will be a varsity and JV match.
September 1, 2012
FORT WAYNE CARROLL INVITE: It was a good day
Saturday for the 26th-ranked Eagles as they reached the finals
of the powerful Fort Wayne Carroll Invitational.
The morning began with a 3-2 victory over rival Homestead.
This is only the eighth time in 24 career meetings that the
Delta boys have beaten Homestead, a northern Indiana traditional
Winning in singles were Alec St. John at No. 2 and
Jordan Fenwick at No. 3.
In doubles, Evan Rodenberger and Nick Wilson won at No. 1.
In the afternoon semifinals, Delta gained a strong 3-2 victory
over 19th ranked Fort Wayne Carroll.
Winning again were St. John at No. 2 and
Fenwick at No. 3. In doubles, Rodenberger and Wilson won at No.
Bradley Wuthrich played well at No. 1 singles against two solid
opponents and lost some close sets. Likewise, Delta had
some good play at No. 2 doubles but came up a little short.
Jay Robillard and Collin Mercer fell 4-6, 6-7 to Homestead and
Robillard and Joe Wegener fell in a third-set tiebreaker to FW
The championship match against 3rd-ranked Fort Wayne Canterbury
was postponed by rain. Canterbury beat Plainfield 5-0 and
beat 24th-ranked Cathedral 4-1 to advance to the finals.
In JV action Saturday, Delta edged Homestead 2-1 as Joe Wegener
and Jack Sanders won singles matches. FW Carroll topped
Delta 4-1 with Jack Sanders-Collin Mercer being the lone winner
in doubles. Delta and FW Canterbury tied 1-1 as Nick Bantz
and Matt Hapner won a doubles match.
August 28, 2012
EAGLES SHUT OUT GREENFIELD:
Alec St. John
turned in a dominant performance in a 6-2, 6-0 victory over
Greenfield's Chris Kersey at No. 2 singles.
The 26th-ranked Eagles cruised to another 5-0 team victory,
their fourth shutout in four matches this fall.
Also winning in singles were Bradley Wuthrich at No. 1 and
Jordan Fenwick at No. 3.
In doubles, Evan Rodenberger and Nick Wilson won easily at No. 1
doubles to improve their record to 6-1.
Jay Robillard and Collin Mercer
romped to a 6-1, 6-0 win and moved to 5-2 at No. 2 doubles.
Delta beat the Cougars 8-3 at the JV level. Winners
in singles were Dillon Eldridge, Evan Snider and Jacob Brewer.
In doubles, the Eagles won with Joe Wegener/Jack Sanders; David
Hoopingarner/Conner Neal; Matt Hapner/Nick Bantz; and Christian
August 22, 2012
Muncie Central to 11 total games and cruised to a 5-0 victory in
the home opener on Wednesday, Aug. 22.
Bradley Wuthrich led the way with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Andrew
Fox. Alec St. John added a 6-2, 6-1 win over Drake
Clohessey. Jordan Fenwick completed the singles sweep by
dominating Jordan Smith 6-0, 6-1.
In doubles, Evan Rodenberger and Nick Wilson won 6-2, 6-0,
and Jay Robillard and Collin Mercer gained a 6-3, 6-0 win.
Delta swept the Bearcats 7-0 at the JV level. Winners in
singles were Joe Wegener, Devon Current, Jacob Brewer and Evan Snider.
In doubles, the Eagles won with Conner Neal/David Hoopingarner; Matt Hapner/Nick Bantz; and
Devon Greene/Gregg Walker.
August 20, 2012
EAGLES SMACK NEW PAL:
Eagles responded well to a big challenge by sinking a
solid New Palestine team 5-0 on the road in the Hoosier Heritage
Monday's match was a long road trip after a long weekend
in Jeffersonville, but the Eagles, ranked 27th in the state,
played like they were fresh.
Delta won the first sets by scores of 6-2, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 and
6-1. The varsity then completed all of the matches with
Bradley Wuthrich won 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 singles over Brent
Barrett. Alec St. John won 10 of the first 12 games and
held on for a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Connor Swain. Jordan
Fenwick collected a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles.
In doubles, Evan Rodenberger and Nick Wilson cruised 6-1, 6-2,
and Jay Robillard and Collin Mercer prevailed 6-1, 6-3.
Delta managed a 6-5 victory at the JV level. Winners in
singles were Evan Snider and Jacob Brewer.
In doubles, the Eagles won the top four spots: Joe Wegener/Jack Sanders;
Conner Neal/David Hoopingarner; Matt Hapner/Nick Bantz; and
Devon Greene/Gregg Walker.
August 17-18, 2012
record in three-set matches proved costly as the DHS Tennis
varsity boys settled for sixth place in the challenging 8-team
Jasper, a Top 10 ranked team in the state, easily won the title
with 41 points. They won three of the five flights and
placed second in the other two.
The next five positions were extremely close:
26 - Bloomington North
26 - Evansville Memorial
23 - Jeffersonville
23 - Columbus North
21 - Delta
Zionsville (14) and Centerville (6) rounded out the field.
The top finish for Delta was the No. 1 doubles team of Evan
Rodenberger and Nick Wilson. They defeated Columbus North
and Bloomington North in straight sets, then lost 4-6, 4-6 to
Jasper in the finals.
Also going 2-1 was junior Alec St. John at No. 2 singles.
His only loss was to Bloomington North.
Picking up one victory each were Bradley Wuthrich at No. 1
singles, Joe Wegener at No. 3 singles, and Jay Robillard/Collin
Mercer at No. 2 doubles.
For the weekend, Delta finished with 7 wins and 8 losses.
The three 3-set losses proved to be the difference between a
sixth-place team finish and a runner-up team finish.
In the JV event, Jasper placed first and Delta finished fourth.
The top finish was Joe Wegener at No. 1 singles. He went
3-0 on the day.
Jack Sanders and Conner Neal were 2-1 at No. 1 doubles.
David Hoopingarner and Christian Thomas also were 2-1 at No. 2
July 20, 2012:
TIM CLELAND TENNIS CAMPS CONCLUDE:
17th annual Tim Cleland Tennis Camp ended on Friday, July 20. A total of
246 campers attended in extremely hot conditions during the three weeks.
The campers donated a truckload and two carloads of items to the Animal
Rescue Fund (ARF) as part of the camp's charity theme. Also, four ARF dogs were adopted
by families at the camp! In addition, more than $850 was
raised for the Tim Cleland Leadership/Service Scholarship fund.
A1 Singles =
Alec Robillard def. Avery Walker
A-1 Doubles = Bradley Wuthrich/Nick Wilson def. Daniel Harrold/Charlie
A-2 Doubles = Collin Mercer/David Hoopingarner def. Conner
B-1 Singles = Kayla Dubuque def. Noah Mercer
B-1 Doubles = Kaylin Gibson/Tannon Dishman def. Kiera
B-2 Singles = Jacey Price def. Evan White
B-2 Doubles = Ritika Mehta/Maria Porter def. Kortney Helm/Bella
B-3 Singles = Tanner Southerland def. Zac Stanley
C-1 Singles = Devin McKinley def. Kamden Rudin
C-1 Doubles = Isabelle Behrman/Maggie Hunt def. Meredith
A1 Singles = Evan Rodenberger def. Khamasi Muhiga
A-1 Doubles = 1. Marissa Morris/Natalie Alexander; 2. JJ King/Kyle
A-2 Singles = Sabrina Porter def. Adam Bantz
A-2 Doubles = 1. Avery Walker/Alec Robillard; 2. Nick Bantz/Matt Hapner
B-1 Singles = Jacob Brewer def. Parker Robillard
B-1 Doubles = 1. Emma Snider/Halie Hardwick; 2. Kaylin Gibson/Melissa
B-2 Singles = Jack Elvin def. Joseph Patashinsky
B-2 Doubles = Joel Ashman/Josh Fenwick def. Maddie Holdren/Katelyn
B-3 Singles = Sophia Porter def. Marissa Mercer
B-3 Doubles = 1. Savannah Gaither/Lilyann Jones; 2. Kortney Helm/Lauren
C-1 Singles = Walker Boyle def. Tynan Dishman
A1 Singles = Jordan Fenwick def. Madison Ashman
A-1 Doubles = Evan Rodenberger / Alec St. John def. Khamasi Muhiga /
A-2 Singles = Maggie Thompson def. Dalen Smith
A-2 Doubles = Noah Kinghorn / Spencer Thomas def. Jack Sanders / Matt
B-1 Singles = Brandon Jackson def. Kiera Helm
B-1 Doubles = Brice Wuthrich / Zane Willis def. Michael Morris / Parker
B-2 Singles = Changrae Cho def. Griffin Hill
B-2 Doubles = Joe Arnett / Tim Miller def. Maddie Holdren / Katelyn
B-3 Singles = Mikel Prater def. Tanner Southerland
C-1 Singles = Jaigen Glaze def. Annie Elvin
C-1 Doubles = Maggie Manor / Tynan Dishman def. Sophia Porter / Anna
Visit this link for
more camp details!
June 30, 2012:
PENGUIN TOURNAMENT CONCLUDES!:
in the 11th annual Penguin Classic tennis tournament faced 105 degree
temperatures (Thursday, June 28) and a 60-70 mph windstorm (Friday, June
29). After a couple of hundred matches, the tournament is now
Visit this link for results!
June 15-17, 2012:
RODENBERGER PLACES SECOND AT COLUMBUS:
Delta senior Evan
Rodenberger finished runner-up in Boys' 18 Singles at the Columbus
(Indiana) Open sanctioned tournament on June 15-17. He won three
matches, including a hard-fought 3-set win over Luke Red of Columbus,
before falling in the finals to Graham McMullen of Pendleton.
Other top results at Columbus:
> Teaghan Dishman and Madison Ashman won the Girls 16 Doubles title.
> Kiera Helm won the Girls 14 Doubles title.
> Tannon Dishman won the Boys 12 Singles title and Joel Ashman was
> Marissa Morris won the Girls 18 Singles consolation.
> Austin Lemna won the Boys 18 Singles consolation.
> Khamasi Muhiga won the Boys 16 Singles consolation.
> Jordan Fenwick reached the semifinals of Boys 18 Singles.
> Alec St. John reached the semifinals of Boys 16 Singles.
> Ashley Loffer reached the semifinals of Girls 18 Singles.
> Madison Ashman reached the semifinals of Girls 16 Singles.
> Bradley Wuthrich and Jordan Fenwick placed second in Boys 18 Doubles.
> Marissa Morris and Natalie Alexander placed second in Girls 18 Doubles.
> Maggie Thompson reached the finals of Girls 16 Singles consolation.
June 9, 2012:
ALEXANDER/MORRIS CHOSEN TO DOUBLES ALL-STATE SECOND TEAM:
Delta juniors Marissa
Morris (left) and Natalie Alexander (center) have been selected
All-State Second Team Doubles by the Indiana High School Tennis
Marissa and Natalie finished with a 23-3 record at No. 1 doubles.
The top 10 teams in the state made First Team and the next 10 made
This is the 18th
straight year in which at least one DHS
Tennis player (boy or girl) has been chosen
All-State Singles or All-State Doubles.
That streak is 23 consecutive calendar years
when Academic All-State is also included.
To put that streak in perspective, consider
this: There are approximately 2,200 varsity
tennis players each season statewide, and
only the top 70 are chosen to the All-State
Singles or All-State Doubles teams.
Junior Ashley Loffer (right), the No. 1 singles player this season,
received All-State Singles Honorable Mention.
June 2, 2012:
COSTELLO CHOSEN ACADEMIC ALL-STATE FIRST TEAM:
Delta senior Lynne Costello
(above) has been selected Academic All-State First Team by the Indiana
Coaches of Girls' Sports Association and the Indiana High School Tennis
Coaches Association. She is ranked No. 1 in the senior class and was
20-3 at No. 2 doubles this season. She is the 16th player in DHS
girls' and boys' tennis history to make Academic All-State. Bond St.
John in 2011, Kelly Crider in 2009, Jared Bullock and John Rauchenstein
in 2008, and Kristin Crider in 2007 were some of the more recent players
to accomplish the feat. Congratulations!
May 23, 2012:
EAGLE GIRLS WIN REGIONAL:
Delta's girls tennis
team added the Marion Regional title to its list of accomplishments this
season by topping Alexandria 4-1 on Wednesday evening.
The 22nd-ranked Eagles (21-1) have won Delta Invitational, Hoosier
Heritage Conference, and Delta Sectional titles this year, also.
They will play 10th-ranked Indianapolis Cathedral at 10 a.m. Saturday in
the Fort Wayne Concordia Semi-State. The winner of that match
moves on to the eight-team IHSAA State Finals the next weekend.
First off the court Wednesday was senior Callie Worthington at No. 3
singles. She won 6-0, 6-0 in 40 minutes. Next off was No. 1
doubles, where juniors Marissa Morris and Natalie Alexander won 6-0,
6-2. Clinching the victory was No. 2 singles, where sophomore
Madison Ashman claimed a 6-1, 6-3 win. Finishing moments later was
No. 2 doubles, where senior Lynne Costello and freshman Teaghan Dishman
won 6-3, 6-3. Alexandria got on the board at No. 1 singles, where
senior Michelle McFerran beat Ashley Loffer, 6-1, 6-1.
In the opening round of regional, the Eagles dominated Northeastern 5-0.
Delta dropped a total of six games in the three singles matches and five
games in the two doubles matches.
This is the 25th regional title in Coach Cleland's 40 seasons as
Delta boys' and girls' tennis coach. The girls have won back-to-back
regional titles and have won six of the last nine regional
May 22, 2012:
GIRLS GET 20TH WIN:
girls' tennis team beat Northeastern 5-0 in the opening round of
the Marion Regional. The victory was Delta's 20th of the
season. This is only the fourth time in DHS Girls' Tennis
history that the Eagles have reached 20 wins in a season (also
in 2000, 2006 and 2007).
May 19, 2012:
ANOTHER SECTIONAL TITLE
For the 20th time
in the past 21 springs, the DHS girls' tennis team is the
sectional champion. The Eagles defeated Muncie Central 5-0
in the quarterfinals, beat Muncie Burris 5-0 in the semifinals,
and then topped Yorktown 4-1 in the finals.
In the sectional finals on Saturday, the No. 1 doubles team of
Natalie Alexander and Marissa Morris improved to 21-2 with a
6-0, 6-0 win. Next off the court was senior Callie
Worthington, who moved to 19-3 at No. 3 singles with a 6-3, 6-1
win. The No. 2 doubles team of senior Lynne Costello and
freshman Teaghan Dishman clinched the sectional title with a
6-2, 6-1 win, moving their record to 18-2.
Yorktown got on the board at No. 1 singles, where senior Kati
Vasalakis beat junior Ashley Loffer. Vasalakis advances as
an individual with a 15-2 record.
The longest match of the day came at No. 2 singles.
Sophomore Madison Ashman outlasted senior Michaela Mabee 6-2,
5-7, 6-3 to improve her season record to 20-3. The Eagles,
winners of 14 straight matches, are ranked No. 22 in the state.
May 16, 2012:
EAGLES SHUT OUT
Delta shut out
Muncie Central 5-0 in the opening round of the Delta Sectional
on Wednesday afternoon. Two matches went to three sets,
but Ashley Loffer won 6-2 in the third set at No. 1 singles and
Lynne Costello-Teaghan Dishman won 6-0 in the third set of No. 2
First off the court was Madison Ashman, who won 6-4, 6-0 over
Meghan Jackson at No. 2 singles. Next to finish was Callie
Worthington, who won 6-2, 6-1 over Audrey Kirby at No. 3
Clinching the match with a third position victory was the No. 1
doubles team of Natalie Alexander and Marissa Morris. They
beat Natalie Cunningham and Taylor Rabel 6-3, 6-2. This
was the night's marquee matchup as Alexander and Morris entered
with an 18-2 record and Cunningham and Rabel entered with a 15-1
May 15, 2012:
ANOTHER GOOD ROAD WIN:
girls' tennis team finished an outstanding regular season with
another hard-fought road win over a quality opponent. The Eagles
made the long journey to Fort Wayne Concordia, where they played
the 26th-ranked Saints on their Senior Night. Due to the
long ride and late start, the Eagles chose to go without the
normal 20-25 minute hitting practice prior to official warm-up.
Still, the girls dug deep and pulled out a 3-2 victory to finish
the regular season with a 16-1 record.
It was the third victory over a state-ranked opponent this
season (Bishop Chatard, FW Carroll, and FW Concordia). The
Eagles' only loss was to state-ranked Terre Haute North in a
tight 3-2 decision.
May 12, 2012:
INVITATIONAL TITLES ON SAME DAY!:
The girls' tennis
team enjoyed an extremely rare day Saturday by winning Delta
Invitational and Hoosier Heritage Conference championships on
the same day!
Here's how it happened:
Saturday morning, the Eagles defeated Shelbyville 5-0 to wrap up
a perfect 7-0 league season. The highlight of the
Shelbyville match was No. 1 singles player Ashley Loffer, who
rallied from a 3-6, 2-5 deficit to win her match 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.
After an hour break, the 20th-ranked Eagles played 30th-ranked
Fort Wayne Carroll in the finals of the Delta Invitational.
The first two rounds of the 8-team invite were played on April
28, when Delta beat 27th-ranked Bishop Chatard in one semifinal
match and Carroll beat 7th-ranked Cathedral in the other
Playing its best match of the season, Delta hammered Carroll
4-1. One highlight was Madison
Ashman's 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles. But the Eagles
were sharp everywhere, giving up only 14 games total at No. 2
singles, No. 3 singles, and both doubles. In a four-day
stretch, Delta won five matches, beating Yorktown (4-1), Center
Grove (3-2), Rushville (5-0), Shelbyvillle (5-0), and FW Carroll
May 11, 2012:
300 GIRLS' TENNIS
VICTORIES FOR COACH CLELAND:
On Friday night, the Eagles dominated Rushville 5-0 for another
conference win. The match was the 300th victory in girls'
tennis for Coach Tim Cleland, making him the fourth coach in
state history to reach 300 or more career wins in both boys'
tennis and girls' tennis.
May 10, 2012:
GIRLS KNOCK OFF CENTER
Delta gained a narrow 3-2 victory over Indianapolis suburban
tennis power Center Grove on Thursday at Mt. Vernon courts.
The Eagles lost 0-5 to Center Grove a year ago, so it was a nice
turnaround this time.
Sophomore Madison Ashman's result was an example of that
turnaround. Madison won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 singles over a
girl that she lost to last spring. Senior Callie
Worthington won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles and was first off the
Juniors Natalie Alexander and Marissa Morris picked up a very
big victory at No. 1 doubles by a 6-4, 6-4 score in the last
match on the court, breaking a 2-2 team tie. Natalie and
Marissa lost badly at No. 2 doubles a year ago to Center Grove,
so it was another big turnaround yesterday for them. They
were playing the same doubles team that beat Delta 6-4, 6-1 last
Delta's varsity moves to 12-1 for the season. The JV team
lost 6-5 to Center Grove for their first loss of the season.
The JV now is 13-1-1.
May 5, 2012:
JV DOMINATES AT EAST
The junior varsity
team enjoyed a great day Saturday at the East Noble JV
Invitational with victories over Fairfield (5-0), East Noble
(4-1) and Fort Wayne Canterbury (5-0). The JV team now
boasts a 12-0-1 record.
May 3, 2012:
SENIORS SHINE ON SENIOR
Eagles smacked Pendleton Heights 7-0 to celebrate Senior Day on
a very warm Thursday evening. Pendleton won only a
half-dozen games in the seven matches.
Seniors collected victories throughout the lineup. Senior
Callie Worthington won at No. 3 singles; seniors Lynne Costello
and Megan Buckner teamed up to win at No. 2 doubles; senior
Alexa Lewis was successful in her first-ever varsity match
(teaming with junior Jenny Wegener at No. 3 doubles); and senior
exchange student Isabela Zanelato got a victory at No. 4
April 28, 2012:
EAGLES EDGE 27TH-RANKED
The Eagles claimed
their first victory over a state-ranked team this season by
edging 27th-ranked Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 3-2 in Saturday's
semifinals of the Delta Invitational. The Eagles swept
doubles and picked up a big victory at No. 3 singles from senior
Callie Worthington in a third-set tiebreaker.
Also in the invitational, Delta swept Batesville 5-0. The
championship match against Fort Wayne Carroll was postponed due
to weather. At the halfway point of the season, Delta owns
an 8-1 record, stands in first place in the Hoosier Heritage
Conference, and is ranked 19th. The JV team is 7-0-1.
April 21, 2012:
SUCCESSFUL TRIP TO
performed well on April 21 at the powerful eight-team
Crawfordsville Invitational. Delta reached the finals in
three of the five flights and placed third in the other two
flights. The tournament featured two of Indiana's top
The day's highlight belonged to sophomore Madison Ashman, who
upended Floyd Central's Carmen Schreiber at No. 2 singles, 6-3,
4-6, (10-4). Floyd Central, ranked third in the state, won
the invitational. They eliminated Delta in the IHSAA State
Finals last spring and returned all varsity players from that
The Eagles finished runner-up at No. 2 singles, No. 3 singles,
and No. 1 doubles and placed third at No. 1 singles and No. 2
doubles. For the team, the Eagles won 10 matches and lost
April 18, 2012:
EAGLES WIN ON TEACHER
The varsity Eagles
topped Mt. Vernon 4-1 on Wednesday, April 18 in a Teacher
Appreciation Day match. Delta improved to 4-0 overall and
2-0 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.
About 20 teachers, administrators, and staff members were
honored before the match as each team member selected a favorite
adult to recognize. Students in the top 25% of the class
rankings and/or on the latest Honor Roll also were recognized at
the pre-match ceremony.
April 6, 2012:
DHS TENNIS RAISES
$3,000 IN ONE NIGHT!:
off to a great start with the Delta Tennis Community Service
Dinner Club, which is an ambitious new project in which the
tennis families will gather to support local charities.
The first dinner on Friday, April 6 attracted between 90 and 100
people to the home of Mike and Wynde Ashman in Landings Trail
Counting a late donation
early this week, we raised $1,150 for Blood 'N' Fire Ministries of
Muncie! Delta graduate Bob Ball, director of Blood 'N' Fire,
explained what the ministry does and how it can use the money.
In addition to the generous donation to Blood 'N' Fire, we also raised
$2,000 through raffles, auctions, and contributions to Coach Cleland's
new Delta Tennis Leadership/Service Scholarship fund. This scholarship
for DHS seniors will be administered through the Delaware Community
Schools Educational Foundation.
Also, we had a pleasant surprise visit from Seren Frost, a Delta
graduate who runs L.A.C.E.S., a not-for-profit group that uses soccer to
minister to war-ravaged Liberia. James, the Liberian director of
L.A.C.E.S., also attended the dinner and spoke to our group about his
experiences as a child soldier in the 14-year Liberian civil war. This
was his first visit to the United States.
Former DHS Tennis standout Stephen Hopkins, songwriter for the band
When, Not If, played guitar and sang several original songs as well as
two covers. He was well-received by teens and parents alike.
We will be doing four dinners per year -- Spring, Summer, Fall and
Winter. Each dinner will rotate to a different teammate's home. We
expect this to develop into a major tradition of helping those in our
Wynde Ashman and Al Holdren are coordinating the details of the dinners,
with help from Coach Cleland and other parents.
This year's girls' tennis team theme is "First Serve" (logo above).
We are excited about the opportunity to serve others first!
March 18, 2012:
PLAYERS ON THIRD NINE WEEKS HONOR ROLL:
The Honor Roll for the third Nine Week Grading Period has been
announced. A total of 29 boys and girls on the current
teams made the Honor Roll -- congratulations!
Here's the list:
ALL A+ HONOR ROLL
Sophomores -- Bradley Wuthrich
ALL A HONOR
Seniors -- Lynne Costello, Austin Lemna, Seth Myers,
Bond St. John
Juniors -- Ashley Loffer, Evan Rodenberger, Katherine
Smith, Rebecca Schooley
Sophomores -- Madison Ashman
Freshmen -- Teaghan Dishman, Kaylin Gibson, Kiera Helm,
Seniors -- Megan Buckner, Ethan Grove, Alexa Lewis,
Juniors -- Natalie Alexander, David Hoopingarner, Maddy
Walker, Jenny Wegener
Sophomores -- Jordan Fenwick, Shelby Richardson
Freshmen -- Sydney Dunnuck, Jay Robillard, Jacey Price,
Madison Savage, Maggie Thompson
October 29, 2011:
ETHAN COMPETES ON INDIANA
Senior Ethan Grove (above
with Coach Cleland) participated in the Indiana Senior All-Star match at
DePauw University in Greencastle. He won two of his three matches.
It was a great day of competition featuring 36 of the top seniors
October 22, 2011:
ETHAN/EVAN FINISH THIRD AT
STATE FINALS and MAKE ALL-STATE DOUBLES FIRST TEAM!:
Senior Ethan Grove and
junior Evan Rodenberger concluded a great season by finishing third in
the IHSAA State Doubles Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Park Tudor HS
Ethan and Evan defeated Plymouth 6-1, 6-2 in Friday night's
quarterfinals. They lost 4-6, 2-6 to Floyd Central in Saturday
morning's semifinals. They then gained a 6-3, 6-4 victory over
Evansville North in Saturday afternoon's third-place match.
Ethan and Evan finished 28-3. Also on Saturday, they were selected
to the All-State Doubles First Team, which is an honor reserved for only
the Top 10 doubles teams in the state.
This represents the 20th time during Coach Cleland's 39 seasons as DHS
Tennis boys' and girls' coach that a season has ended at the State
Finals (team, singles, or doubles).
Here are the Eagles' previous best finishes during Coach Cleland's
State Team Finals (four times at State) -- best finish is third twice
State Doubles (12 times at State) -- best finish is runner-up four times
and third four times
State Singles (seven times at State) -- best finish is runner-up once
and third once.
October 15, 2011:
BONDO EARNS ACADEMIC ALL-STATE
Senior Bond St. John
(above), the No. 1 singles player for the Eagles, has been chosen to the
Academic All-State First Team by the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches
Association. Bond, ranked third in the senior class, is the 15th
player in DHS Tennis history to make Academic All-State. He also
was chosen All-State Singles honorable mention.
October 15, 2011:
ETHAN/EVAN ACHIEVE RARE "GOLDEN
Senior Ethan Grove and
junior Evan Rodenberger achieved a "golden set" -- winning all 24 points
in the first set -- during the IHSAA Doubles Regional at Kokomo HS
courts on a very windy afternoon. Grove and Rodenberger beat
Crawfordsville in the morning match, then won the golden set and the
match over Westfield in the afternoon match.
October 4, 2011:
LONG REGIONAL STREAK ENDS:
things must come to an end ... and sadly the 16-year regional victory
streak for Delta Boys' Tennis ended on Tuesday, Oct. 4 on the Marion HS
courts with a 4-1 loss to state-ranked Marion in the opening round of
the regional. The 16-year streak was the longest regional streak
in Delaware County history for any school in any sport. It also was the
third-longest active regional streak in
Indiana in all sports.
Ethan Grove and Evan Rodenberger won a three-set match at No. 1 doubles
for the Eagles' lone point.
Senior Austin Lemna won the first set at No. 3 singles and sophomore
Alec St. John and freshman Jay Robillard won the opening set at No. 2
doubles. But Marion rallied for three-set wins in both positions.
The regional streak began in Fall 1995. It nearly ended in Fall
2008, but senior Caleb Austin made amazing comebacks at No. 3 singles in
the sectional against Muncie Burris and in the regional against Anderson
to help the team pull out 3-2 victories both times! After that big
regional victory, the Eagles cut down the net on Court 5 (photo below
where Coach Cleland holds a piece of the net along with his mother
Jeanne and Amy Vickery, wife of assistant coach Craig Vickery).
October 1, 2011:
BOYS CLAIM ANOTHER SECTIONAL
CROWN: With 5-0
shutouts over Yorktown in the semifinals and Muncie Central in the
finals, Delta claimed its 19th straight sectional tennis championship.
Sept 10, 2011:
700 VICTORIES FOR COACH CLELAND:
Coach Tim Cleland (pictured above with parents Dave and Jeanne Cleland) became the fifth
tennis coach in Indiana history to reach 700 career varsity
victories when the Eagles shut out Kokomo 5-0 during the Fall
2011 season. A few days later on Sept. 15, the team
celebrated the milestone with a recognition ceremony prior to the home
match against Northeastern. The Eagles beat a strong Northeastern
team 5-0 for victory number 702!
RECORD TOTAL OF 249 CAMPERS
ATTEND 16TH ANNUAL TIM CLELAND TENNIS CAMP:
Several hundred outstanding
action photos were taken by photographer Joni Sanders during the
2011 Tim Cleland Tennis Camp Thanks Joni!
See 2011 Camp Photos here