WICHITA — The Hesston Swathers may be the top challenger to No. 1-ranked Wichita Collegiate for the Class 3-2-1A state tennis title next month.
The Swathers finished third Saturday in the high-powered Wichita Collegiate Tournament of Champions, finishing ahead of other powerful, bigger-school teams.
The Swathers trailed only Topeka Hayden and Wichita Collegiate, and finished ahead of ranked 4A powers Independence and McPherson.
“We had a good day. To finish third in this tournament is a great accomplishment,” Hesston coach Mark Dahlsten said. “Our kids played well all day. I know they enjoy the competitiveness and toughness of this tournament and we rose to the occasion.”
The doubles teams were both 4-1, with Collin Martin and Isaac Penner taking third and the other team of Grant Dahlsten and Garrett Roth taking ninth, as they bounced back from an early loss to win three straight matches.
Martin and Penner were an 8-2 winner over McPherson’s potential Class 4A state title team of Ryan Horton and Peter Horton in the third-place match. “The Hortons finished third in 4A last year, so that is a very nice win,” Dahlsten said. “These two will get better as they continue to gain doubles experience.”
Keegan LeFevre was 2-3 for eighth in singles and David Geidel was 1-4 for 24th. Mark Dahlsten said the singles field was absolutely loaded and for LeFevre to take eighth was a quality accomplishment.