HESSTON — Hesston High’s boys tennis team stepped way up in class on Tuesday, as Class 3-2-1A’s No. 1-ranked team tested itself against bigger-class schools in the Mustang Classic.
Class 5A power and host Salina Central took first with 61 points, outlasting another 5A standout Newton (57). Salina South (44) was third, while Smoky Valley (30) clipped Hesston (29) for the final spot in the upper division.
Andover (28), Garden City (26) and Emporia (5) rounded out the field.
In singles, the two Swather entries Daniel Holthus and Kendrick Weaver met in their last match of the day for 11th place, with Holthus garnering the win.
Hesston’s top doubles team of Garrett Roth and Grant Dahlsten took fourth place, losing in a tiebreaker for third. Mason Barber and Jorge Morales placed 10th.
“This is a really good tournament and I felt like we were pretty competitive for the most part,” Hesston coach Mark Dahlsten said. “This is a tough stretch for us with a lot of matches and not much practice time, which I think shows in some rough edges that we should be able to address next week.”
Smoky Valley’s charge to fourth place was led by the doubles team of Trapper Bellah and Nick Reinert, as they were fifth. Jarod Meier and Trey Schneider were 13th.
Smoky Valley teammates Cole Brumbaugh and Seth Yenni met for ninth place in singles with Brumbaugh winning a close match.
• SWATHERS 7TH AT WICHITA — On Monday, Hesston had competed at Wichita Collegiate, taking seventh out of eighth with a makeshift lineup.
Dahlsten was fourth at No. 1 singles while Reuben Peachy-Stoner was eighth at No. 2. In doubles, Isaac Decker and Brendan Boles were sixth at No. 2, while Barber and Morales were seventh at No. 1.