MHS netters take 6th in outstanding field

By Steve Sell
April 27, 2014
Kendall Shaw

WICHITA — McPherson High’s tennis team got a good gauge where it’s at in the Class 4A pecking order Saturday during the Wichita Collegiate Tournament of Champions.

The Bullpups took sixth place out of 16 teams in the elite field, but did finish behind 4A schools Topeka Hayden (ranked No. 1) and Independence (No. 3). The Bullpups, who were one point behind Independence and did play without singles player Kento Aizawa, are ranked No. 2.

Wichita Collegiate, the No. 1 team in Class 3-2-1A, actually won the tourney with 106 points, one more than Hayden. Hesston, which is No. 3 in 3-2-1A, made a statement by taking third with 98.

The MHS doubles team of Ryan Horton and Peter Horton went 3-2 to take fourth, losing to Hesston’s Collin Martin and Isaac Penner in the third-place match.

Dylan Stos and Luke Williams were 2-3 for 12th. In singles, Gallagher Martin-Chavez was 4-1 for 17th, while Nick Carlson made his first varsity appearance of the year by going 2-3 for 20th.

Blake Hunter defeated his brother Tommy 8-3 in the singles final, while Newton’s Josh Carlgren and Riley Kingsley defeated Collegiate’s Max Moxley and Travis Osland 8-7 in the doubles finals.

MHS competes Tuesday at the Hesston Invitational, with Wichita Collegiate also in the field.

• Team Scores •

Wichita Collegiate 106

Topeka Hayden 105

Hesston 98

Newton 90

Independence 82

McPherson 81

Kapaun 79

Arkansas City 62

Derby 55

Parsons 52

Maize 41

Wichita Trinity 46

Hutchinson Trinity 45

Conway Springs 43

Wichita West 39

Bishop Carroll 38