Hesston nips Smoky Valley for title

By Steve Sell
April 06, 2016

LINDSBORG — It’s a tournament near and dear to Hesston High boys tennis coach Mark Dahlsten’s heart.

His Swathers survived two tremendous challenges on Tuesday to win the Ron Dahlsten Tennis Classic, which is named after his father who was the legendary tennis coach at Lindsborg High School and Smoky Valley.

The Swathers scored 47 points to nip host Smoky Valley by one and Abilene by two as they had 46 and 45 points, respectively. Wichita Collegiate, which as usual didn’t bring its entire starting unit, was fourth with 32.

Rounding out the team scores were Smoky Valley No. 2 (17), Pratt (10), Concordia (1) and Hillsboro (0).

The Swathers won the title even though they didn’t have a single champion on the day.

The doubles team of Grant Dahlsten and Garrett Roth took second, losing 8-4 to Smoky Valley’s Trapper Bellah and Nick Reinert in the finals.

Also in doubles, Hesston’s Mason Barber and Jorge Morales were fourth with a 2-2 record, while Daniel Holthus was fourth in singles with a 2-2 record. Kendrick Weaver was 2-2 for seventh in singles.

“We ended up winning the tournament, but I didn't think we were quite as sharp as last week,” Mark Dahlsten said. “We had trouble winning some big points today and made too many unforced errors. By the same token, we did some things really well, so I believe that we can do some things to eliminate those errors and we will be fine.”

In addition to Bellah and Reinert taking the doubles division, the Vikings received a third in singles from Cole Brumbaugh to spark its run at the title.