BUCYRUS – Jim Grandy was smiling down from the heavens on Saturday morning as Bucyrus High School hosted a tennis invitational at Bucyrus Community Courts in honor of their late long time coach.
Grandy was essential in the development and construction of the courts that the Redmen use for home events. On Saturday, they were able to pay tribute to the man that brought tennis to the town with the Inaugural Jim Grandy Bucyrus Boys Tennis Invitational.
The invite featured seven teams, Bucyrus, Galion, Tiffin Columbian, Marion Harding, River Valley, Upper Sandusky, and Mansfield St. Peter’s all made the trip to participate and honor Grandy. Bucyrus coach John Supon was happy to be able to honor Grandy with a tournament.
“He (Grandy) is the one that made all of this possible. He was dedicated to making these courts something that the town of Bucyrus could be proud of. So, it was only right that we honored him in this way,” Supon said.
Grandy worked hard to make the Bucyrus High School tennis facility one of the best in the area during his time as tennis coach. He designed the original courts and installed a water line for a crude water fountain. After Grandy passed away, a memorial fund was created in his honor and his family determined that a portion of the donations would go to improving the facility. Tom Grandy knew what tennis and Bucyrus High School meant to his father and is very proud that a tournament would be named after him.
“It is truly humbling that the Jim Grandy Bucyrus Boys Tennis Invitational is named in honor of my father,” Tom said. “When we went into this project, we had no intention of doing anything more than helping make the Bucyrus Community Tennis Courts an even finer facility through the contributions we had received. My father probably could never have imagined that a tournament would be named after him. He just did what he loved in teaching and coaching.”
The facility features six regulation sized courts that were completely full of tennis players in competition on Saturday morning in a cold, damp day. A sight that Grandy probably envisioned when he started the project.
But, even Mr. Grady could not hold the rain off from up above. As the championship rounds were about to start, rain moved in and made the courts unsafe and with the threat of more rain on the way, the decision to cancel was made. Therefore, there were no champions of the first annual invite. Bucyrus’ Mark Musick, an Indiana Wesleyan signee, would have represented the Redmen in the finals after winning his first set 8-0 and his second 8-3 in pro-style sets.
“It was a great event and even though it was rained out I am glad we had the opportunity to represent Mr. Grandy. I would like to thank Tom Grandy for supporting the invitational by attending today’s event. All the coaches and players were enjoying the competition, and all the teams have committed to coming back next year for the 2nd annual Jim Grandy Invitational,” Supon said after the event.