If McPherson High’s tennis team is to make a run at prohibitive favorite Topeka Hayden for the Class 4A state title, it’s probably going to need to pull through its full team in the regional tournament that begins today and finishes Saturday at the MHS Tennis Complex.
Action today begins at 10:30 and continues throughout today. The tourney rekindles at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The Bullpups will be especially strong at doubles, where the teams of Ryan Horton-Peter Horton and Dylan Stos-Luke Williams are expected to survive and advance.
“I believe the Hortons (25-6) will be projected to be one of the top doubles teams in our regional and in the state,” MHS coach Tyler Brown said. “I truly feel Dylan Stos and Luke Williams could be right behind the Hortons with a record 23-9 in our regional.”
The Hortons took third in the state last year and are the top returning team in Class 4A.
For MHS to be a true state factor, though, it must get some support in singles.
“I think Gallagher Martin Chavez (20-12) should be a Top 4 seed, but we will see how the seeding meeting goes in the morning,” Brown said. “Hopefully Kento Aizawa (16-11) will be Top 7, but you just never know since some of these teams we will be seeing for the first time. Really hoping both guys can make it, but it will be difficult. I think the singles bracket may have two or three guys fall short of state. I think there is about eight to nine guys that have the potential of being in the Top 6, you just hope your guys are the ones that are on that day.”
Buhler and Circle are both strong in singles, according to Brown. If the Bullpups get some quality play in singles, they are expected to win the team title as they enter the day ranked No. 2 in Class 4A.
“Our goal is that the entire team would qualify for state, but we will have to be playing to the best of our ability to make that happen,” Brown said. “As a team, I think Buhler may be our biggest competition.”