PRAIRIE VILLAGE — McPherson High’s boys tennis team has two entries in the hunt for state championships today.
The Bullpups’ Andrew Snell advanced to the singles semifinals of the Class 4A State Tournament on Friday with a pair of wins, losing only six games total. He is matched against a familiar foe, Wichita Collegiate’s Lakelin Conrad, in today’s semifinals. Conrad lost in the state finals last year, while Snell was sixth in the state.
The Bullpups nearly had two singles semifinalists as Jarrod Nowak was outlasted by Miege’s Will Grier in a thrilling three-setter in the quarters. Grier won the first set 6-3, but Nowak came back to square the match with a 7-5 second-set success. Grier did just enough to win the third set 6-4 and faces Parsons’ Rudra Dixit in the semifinals as the four regional champions all held form.
MHS’ doubles team of Nolan Schrader and Kaden Stewart were at the top of their game by going 2-0 on the day, winning their matches 6-3, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-1. They are playing one of the two Collegiate teams that made the semis, Austin Gartner and Matt Regehr. The other semi pits the No. 1 team of Jacob Berven and Jase West of Abilene against Collegiate’s Ben Murphy and Max Wheeler.
Collegiate has the inside track for the team title since it has three of its four entries in the semifinals. MHS is in the battle for second place, which is where it finished last year.