Hesston outlasts MHS for tennis title

By Steve Sell
April 29, 2015

HESSTON — McPherson High’s tennis team finished ahead of Hesston during Saturday’s Wichita Collegiate Tournament of Champions, but the Swathers turned the tables when they hosted their annual meet on Tuesday.

The Swathers, ranked No. 3 in Class 3-2-1A, scored 118 points and the Bullpups, ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, tallied 108 as the teams turned the meet into a two-team race.

Other team scores were Trinity Catholic (79), Central Plains (77), Buhler (70), Sterling (68), Smoky Valley (58), Conway Springs (55), Sacred Heart (43), Wichita Collegiate (34), Trinity Academy (18) and Hillsboro (3).

For the Bullpups, the best finish came from the doubles team of Nolan Schrader and Kaden Stewart, as they were 3-1 for third. The other doubles entry of Kento Aizawa and Luke Williams split their four matches for seventh.

Both MHS singles entrants — Andrew Snell and Gallagher Martin — were 2-2 for fourth and seventh place, respectively.

For Hesston coach Mark Dahlsten, his Swathers were led by a second-place singles finish by Collin Martin (who lost in the finals to Sacred Heart standout Stratton Brown), a second from the doubles team of Grant Dahlsten and Garrett Roth (who lost to Central Plains’ high-powered team of Layne Bieberle and Michael Ryan), and a third from Isaac Penner in singles.

The doubles team of Daniel Holthus and Gus Williams took 10th. A third doubles team of David Geidel and Kendrick Weaver took 14th.

“We had a very good day today,” Dahlsten said. “Our guys all had some very good moments. I was glad to see this type of performance.”