MHS netters outlast Hesston for title

By Steve Sell
May 01, 2014
Kendall Shaw

HESSTON — McPherson High’s tennis team bounced back with a strong performance Wednesday in the Hesston Invitational, outlasting the host Swathers 106-99 for the team title, with Buhler third with 84.

It was the Bullpups’ fifth team title of the year. They had finished behind Hesston this past weekend at the Wichita Collegiate Tournament of Champions. 

There were 12 teams in all, including Smoky Valley, which scored 52 points for eighth. Wichita Collegiate also was in the Hesston field, but did not bring its usual tournament team.

MHS twins Ryan and Peter Horton took third place in doubles. They entered as the No. 1 seed, but were upset 8-5 in the semifinals by Central Plains’ Layne Bieberle and Michael Ryan, who went on to topple Hesston’s Keegan LeFevre and Collin Martin 8-4 for the championship.

MHS’ other doubles team, Luke Williams and Dylan Stos, went 3-1 for fifth. 

In singles, MHS’ Gallagher Martin-Chavez was 2-2 for 7th and Kento Aizawa was 1-3 for eighth.

In addition to a second from LeFevre and Martin in doubles, Hesston’s Isaac Penner was second in singles, losing 8-2 in the finals to No. 1 seed Stratton Brown in the finals. 

Hesston’s other doubles team of Grant Dahlsten and Garrett Roth took seventh place, beating Smoky Valley’s Trapper Bellah and Will Bochte in the final match. That was the highest finish for the Vikings.

• TEAM SCORES •

McPherson, 106

Hesston Red, 99

Buhler, 84

Conway Springs, 78

Trinity Academy, 66

Hutchinson Trinity, 65

Central Plains, 59

Smoky Valley, 52

Sacred Heart, 52

Wichita Collegiate, 34

Hesston Black, 25

Hillsboro, 19


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