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One of the top scholastic tennis players in District Three, there’s no telling what Ben Clary would’ve accomplished during his senior season at Palmyra this spring. But COVID-19 intervened, leaving Clary wondering what could’ve been.

In some small way, the championship of the Mount Gretna Men’s Club summer tournament served as a consolation prize for the former Cougar.

On Thursday in Mount Gretna, Clary secured the singles’ championship of the local tournament with a hard-fought 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 triumph over Dylan Tull in the final match. It marked the third straight year that Clary, the top seed, wore the crown at the Mount Men’s Tennis Club tournament.

After splitting the first two sets, and down a service break early in the third, Clary took control of the match and the championship by winning the set’s final five games. Clary had won three straight games to go up 4-1, and take control of the opening set.

But Tull refused to go away and used a handful of key service breaks to win the middle set.

For Clary, now it’s on to Bloomsburg University, where he’ll compete on the hardcourts for the Huskies.

  • Jeff Falk

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