Swather netters are CKL champs again

By Steve Sell
May 06, 2014

HESSTON — It was the Hesston Swathers and then everybody else Monday as the Central Kansas League Tennis Championships were contested.

The Swathers won three divisions and took second in the fourth to accumulate 78 points. Sterling was second with 66 and Smoky Valley was third with 46.

Other team totals were Pratt (43), Haven (32), Kingman (29), Hillsboro (27), Hoisington (26) and Larned (11).

“I am obviously very pleased to have scored 78 out of a possible 80 team points,” said Swather coach Mark Dahlsten, whose team is ranked No. 3 in the Class 3-2-1A poll this week.  “Our kids played well all day, with Keegan LeFevre being really impressive in not dropping a game in three matches, but really all our kids played well for the most part. This is our third league title in a row, so that is great as well.”

LeFevre was overwhelming at No. 1 singles with three straight 6-0, 6-0 victories, defeating Sterling’s Brashears in the finals. At No. 2 singles, David Geidel made the finals before losing to Comley of Sterling, 6-3, 6-3.

There was quite a battle at No. 1 doubles. Hesston’s Isaac Penner and Collin Martin flew through their first two matches by losing only two games, but in the finals against Kahmeyer and Kurz of Pratt, they lost the first set 6-3, before charging back for 6-2 and 6-4 wins.

The No. 2 doubles team of Grant Dahlsten and Garrett Roth breezed, winning 6-4, 6-0 in the finals over Comley and Walk of Sterling.

Smoky Valley’s strength was in doubles as both teams took third. The No. 1 team consisted of Trapper Bellah and Will Bochte, with the No. 2 team consisting of Alec Schneider and Trey Schneider.