HESSTON — After losing four of his top six players to graduation, Hesston High boys tennis coach Mark Dahlsten could have been facing a rebuilding job.
But the new starters did just fine, thank you. Hesston opened its season Monday by taking first place in its own eight-team meet, winning two of the four divisions.
Logan Gamble at No. 2 singles and the No. 2 doubles team of Daniel Casimir and Isaac Decker won their respective divisions with 3-0 records. Gamble lost only one game in three sets, while Casimir and Decker were pushed only in the semifinals.
“Logan dominated the No. 2 field as he was clearly the best in the field,” Dahlsten said. “He played under control and was never threatened. Daniel and Isaac made a very impressive varsity debut today. They played well and under control for the most part. They have the potential to be pretty good and I’m encouraged by what they did.”
Behind those performances, the Swathers scored 34 points to take first place by outlasting CKL rival Smoky Valley, which scored 32. Parsons (25) was third and Goddard (24) was fourth.
Rounding out the team scores were Trinity Catholic (22 1/2), Trinity Academy (22), Wichita Independent (2) and Concordia (2).
Hesston’s No. 1 doubles team of Jorge Morales and Jeb Carlson took fourth place, while Mason Barber was fifth at No. 1 singles.
“I have to be pleased overall,” Dahlsten said. “To win the tournament is a great way to start the year, especially given the limited practice time we have had. We needed to play and we certainly have some things to improve, but a great start.”
For Smoky Valley, the top finish came from the No. 2 doubles team of Bret Sauvage and Ethan Woodhull, who took second. Also for Smoky, Cole Brumbaugh was third at No. 1 singles, Nick Reinert and Johann Rauchholz were third at No. 1 doubles and Laurence Dahlsten was fourth at No. 2 singles.