WICHITA — There’s just one major matchup left between McPherson High’s boys tennis team and its chief rival Wichita Collegiate.
The Bullpups outlasted the Spartans 65-56 on Monday to win the AVCTL Division III-IV Championships. MHS has now edged Collegiate in the two most prestigious meets of the season, having clipped the Spartans in the recent Tournament of Champions.
But MHS coach Tyler Brown also knows Collegiate’s legendary coach Dave Hawley could have an entirely different plan for state, though both teams still have to survive separate regionals later this week.
“Not sure we saw what Collegiate's lineup will be for regionals today,” Brown said. “Coach Hawley definitely put his best players in doubles today I think in trying to predict maybe what I would do with my lineup for the day since the points in league are so different than most tournaments. But I went with what had won some previous meets. I'm still not entirely sold on what we will do for Thursday in Abilene, but I was very pleased with another total team effort in getting all six guys to the championship in their divisions.”
MHS dominated the singles as Jarrod Nowak won the No. 1 division and Andrew Snell captured No. 2. Both MHS doubles teams were second, with Nolan Schrader and Kaden Stewart playing No. 1, and Jackson Schrader and Rhett Edmonson playing No. 2. Collegiate won both doubles divisions.
“Jarrod and Andrew took care of business like they have been all year winning their divisions,” Brown said. “Nolan and Kaden made it to the finals, but picked up their first loss on the year losing to Conrad and Cho of Collegiate, but like I said that is hands-down their two best players on their team. You never know what coach Hawley may do, but I would be surprised if he puts both of them together for regionals. Jackson and Rhett had a tough semifinal battling in the wind... but gutted it out winning a 16-14 super-breaker to make it to the finals. Overall I was very pleased with our effort, but regardless the direction we go with our team we will continue to need all six guys to continue to make some noise.”
Buhler (42) was a distant third. Other team scores were Winfield (41), El Dorado (25), Augusta (21), Wellington (18) and Circle (12).