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Ford, Wiley lead field on tennis court

Wabash’s Rob Ford returns a shot during his match against Manchester at No. 1 singles in the sectional last fall.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@wabashplaindealer.com

As the fall sports season closes in, the Plain Dealer will continue previewing the new school season and the upcoming sports season, continuing with a look at the boys’ tennis season.


Players to Watch: Rob Ford, Wabash; Brady Wiley, Manchester

Two netters of different experiences highlight the field for Wabash County’s tennis teams this fall. With Wabash, senior Rob Ford will lead the charge as he looks to cap off a decorated career.

Ford helped the Apaches win team titles in his freshman and sophomore year before advancing as an individual in the sectional in his junior campaign this year. In his senior season, Ford will enter as the best player in Wabash County on the tennis courts.

Brady Wiley, meanwhile, will take a bigger role in the Manchester side after anchoring down a spot at No. 2 singles last season. With Luke Donathan, who spent last season at No. 1 singles, graduating this spring, Wiley will be an option to step into that leading role for Manchester.


Teams to Watch: Wabash

Last fall, Wabash’s two-year run as sectional champions came to an end when Manchester themselves knocked them off 3-2 in the first round. But the Squires saw seven seniors graduate from last year’s side with just four players returning this season, three of those being sophomores including Wiley.

Wabash will be led by Ford with some other returnees that will help fill out the varsity roster after graduation took a handful of players. Can the Apaches return to form and reclaim postseason glory behind Ford this fall?