Swathers take 6th straight CKL net title

By Steve Sell
May 02, 2017

HESSTON — The Central Kansas League Tennis Championships have turned into the Hesston showcase.

The Swathers made it six CKL championships in a row on Monday as they won No. 2 singles and took second place in the other three divisions.

“We win our sixth CKL title in a row, which is our No. 1 goal heading into this tournament,” Hesston coach Mark Dahlsten said. “We need to build on today as we move into regionals as our regional is very good. I am very happy with our team and how we have progressed this year and look forward to preparing for what is ahead.”

Hesston scored 62 points to finish comfortably ahead of Larned, which scored 52. Smoky Valley, which won both doubles divisions, was third with 50 and Haven placed fourth with 39. There were eight teams in all.

The Swathers’ championship came from No. 2 singles player Mason Barber. “He played really well all day,” Dahlsten said. “Mason played with confidence and constructed points well. If Mason plays like he did today, he has a great chance to qualify for state this weekend.”

Logan Gamble, at No. 1 singles, took second as did both doubles teams — Jorge Morales-Jeb Carlson at No. 1 and Daniel Casimir-Isaac Decker at No. 2.

Smoky Valley’s Nick Reinert and Johann Rauchholz looked at the top of their game by winning the No. 1 doubles division, rolling past Morales and Carlson 6-0, 6-3 for the title. The Vikings also won at No. 2 doubles with Seth Yenni and Matt Lucas taking the title with a 6-4, 6-1 success against Decker and Casimir.