MHS netters need big day to earn Top 3 finish

By Steve Sell
May 14, 2016
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TOPEKA — It appears there won’t be some McPherson magic this year at the Class 4A State Tennis Tournament.

The Bullpups’ day didn’t start well on Friday as a coin flip during the seeding meeting didn’t go their way.

Then came an unexpected first-round loss by the second doubles entry.

While Wichita Collegiate appears to be well on its way to the title, the Bullpups are still in the battle for a Top 3 plaque as their shot at a state championship repeat appears remote.

MHS singles players Jarrod Nowak and Andrew Snell both won their first matches, but then lost their second matches. Nowak was the unfortunate victim of the coin flip, as he was defeated by prohibitive state favorite Tommy Hunter of Hayden 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Hunter is undefeated this year and the three-time defending state champion.

Snell won his first match, but ran into Collegiate’s Easton Ewy in the second round, losing 6-2, 7-6 (10-8 in the tie-breaker).

MHS’ doubles team of Kento Aizawa and Nolan Schrader breezed to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Trinity Academy’s Luke Prohaska and George Kriewel after receiving a first-round bye. Then the rain came before the Bullpup duo played a second match.

MHS’ doubles team of Kaden Stewart and Hadley Hageman lost to Jackson Allman and Nathan Kowynia of DeSoto in the first round, 6-0, 7-6 (10-8). This was a surprise since the DeSoto duo had been a sixth-place regional finisher while the Bullpups entered as a third-place regional finisher.

Smoky Valley’s Trapper Bellah and Nick Reinert won their first match 6-2, 6-4 over Independence’s Jalynn Lawrie and Kyle Woods, but did get their quarterfinal match in before the rain, losing 6-1, 6-0 to Will Grier and John Schultz of Miege.

The tournament will be under way soon this morning.