MHS netters finish in upper half

By Steve Sell
September 28, 2015
Kendall Shaw

WICHITA — Finishing in eighth place may not sound all that impressive, but for McPherson High’s girls tennis team that put it in the upper half of the multi-team Wichita Collegiate Tournament of Champions on Saturday, probably the largest-and-strongest tournament in the state.

The Bullpups scored 87 points as the field included a plethora of Class 6A and 5A schools, with 6A powerhouse Blue Valley North running away with the title with 188 points. MHS did finish behind new Class 4A school Wichita Collegiate, which was fourth. Hesston, which could now be the favorite in Class 3-2-1A, was sixth.

“(It’s) Always fun to play in tournaments like this,” MHS coach Tyler Brown said. “There is a reason they call this the Tournament of Champions. I think the best of every classification was represented with even a top school out of Missouri in attendance as well.”

Ellea Ediger was 2-3 for eighth in singles, while Maisie Edmonson (2-3) was 21st. In doubles, Rachel Ivers and Cassidy Corrigan were 3-2 for 13th, while Shelby Gudenkauf and Heidi Myers were 2-3 for 34th.

“I thought we held our own fairly well,” Brown said. “I told the girls there would not be an easy match the entire day. From a play-in match or first-round match all the way to your final match of the day. Tournaments like this, even though most of us walked away with two or three losses on the day, make us truly better.  There won't be a tournament tougher than this one and that even includes state. We continue to get better every week and our hope is to hit our potential when we get closer to regionals and state.”


Blue Valley North, 188

Bishop Carroll, 130

Andover, 129

Wichita Collegiate, 120

Blue Valley Northwest, 109

Hesston, 103

Blue Valley, 96

McPherson 87

Kapaun, 82

Arkansas City, 77

Derby, 74

Conway Springs, 72

Wichita Independent, 63

Lee’s Summit North, 61

Parsons, 61

Maize, 60

Blue Valley West, 50

Independence, 48

Wellington, 42

Goddard Eisenhower, 35