SALINA — Hesston High boys tennis coach Mark Dahlsten is never afraid to shy away from playing top-notch, bigger-school competition.
Dahlsten took his team to Salina on Tuesday to compete in the Central Mustang Classic, won by the host school with 58 points.
The Swathers, by far the smallest school in the field, scored 38 points to take fourth. Smoky Valley was fifth with 34.
“This is a fun tournament as the competition is good and we see schools that we normally don’t get to see,” Dahlsten said. “I thought we played pretty well. The field, especially doubles, was pretty deep. We obviously have some things to work on, but I’m encouraged.”
Logan Gamble had a terrific day by going 3-1 to take second place in singles.
“Logan had a great day today,” Dahlsten said. “He beat the No. 3 seed in the second round and really played well all day. He is starting to put things together and it’s showing in his results.”
Also for the Swathers, Mason Barber was 2-2 for 11th in singles. In doubles, the team of Jorge Morales and Jeb Carlson was 1-3 for 8th, while Daniel Casimir and Isaac Decker were 2-2 for 10th.
Smoky Valley was led by the doubles team of Nick Reinert and Johann Rauchholz, who won the title by defeating Salina Central’s No. 1 team of Nolan Foth and Carson Michaels.