PRAIRIE VILLAGE — Nolan Schrader won’t officially go up on the McPherson High Wall of Fame until December of 2018.
And once he does, there probably won’t be enough room on his plaque.
Schrader, still only a junior, made the Class 4A State Tennis Tournament finals in doubles for the third year in a row with a third different partner. And like his freshman year when he teamed up with Gallagher Martin, he came away with a state championship as he combined with Kaden Stewart for a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Wichita Collegiate’s Ben Murphy and Max Wheeler in the finals on Saturday.
Oddly, neither team was a regional champion last week.
Schrader was second in the state last year with Kento Aizawa, losing in the finals to Will Grier and John Schultz of Miege. Grier played singles this year, winning the championship by defeating Collegiate’s Lakelin Conrad in a three-set match (1-6, 6-2, 6-3).
Schrader and Stewart’s only scare came in the semifinals where they knocked off regional champions Austin Gartner and Matt Regehr of Collegiate as the first set was 7-6, but then they got rolling in the second set with a 6-1 victory.
Collegiate lived up to its No. 1 state ranking as it had all four entries place in the Top 7. Gartner and Regehr came back to take third and Easton Ewy was seventh in singles.
The Spartans scored 50 points, which was appropriate for the day since it was the 50th state championship for their coach Dave Hawley, which includes the titles he’s won as the girls’ coach.
McPherson High, for the second year in a row, was second with 38 and Independence as expected was third with 29 as the other teams were all far back.
For MHS, Andrew Snell came home with the Bullpups’ highest singles finish ever by taking third. He lost to Conrad in the semifinals 6-1, 7-6, but won third when Parsons’ Riudra Dixit defaulted due to cramps.
The Bullpups’ Jarrod Nowak wound up taking sixth in singles, losing to Indy’s Zack Schroeder 9-6 in the fifth-plate match.
Interestingly, Schroeder was third in the state last year, while Nowak and Snell were fifth and sixth, respectively.
• BRUMBAUGH TAKES 12TH — Smoky Valley’s Cole Brumbaugh came away with a medal on Saturday by taking 12th in singles.
Smoky Valley’s doubles team of Nick Reinert and Johann Rauchholz didn’t make the medal round as doubles was simply loaded this year.
All three Vikings are underclassmen.
More on the tournament will be posted later.