Swathers take CKL tennis title

By Steve Sell
May 05, 2015

LINDSBORG — This is getting to be old hat for the Hesston Swathers.

The Hesston tennis team dominated play Monday in the Central Kansas League Championships, winning three of the four divisions for 78 points and the title.

Sterling hung in as long as it could, taking second with 69 points.

Other totals were Smoky Valley (60), Kingman (47), Hoisington (36), Pratt (26), Haven (24), Larned (14) and Hillsboro (6).

“I am very pleased to win our fourth consecutive CKL championship,” said Hesston coach Mark Dahlsten, whose team is ranked No. 3 in Class 3-2-1A. “The boys were ready to play and played well for the most part. Sterling, Smoky Valley and Kingman all have solid teams, so it was a good day for us. We have a tough regional to prepare for, but I know the guys will be up to the task.”

Collin Martin captured No. 1 singles for the Swathers, while Isaac Penner lost only three games in winning the No. 2 division.

In doubles, Grant Dahlsten and Garrett Roth locked down the No. 1 division, while Gus Williams and Daniel Holthus took second at No. 2.

The top finish for Smoky Valley came from its No. 1 doubles team of Trapper Bellah and Nick Reinert, as they were second. Jon Dahlsten was third at No. 2 singles, Jarod Meier and  Seth Yenni were third at No. 2 doubles and Drew Bochte was fourth at No. 1 singles.

Both Hesston and Smoky Valley will be hosting regionals. Hesston’s 3-2-1A regional is on Saturday, while the Vikings’ Class 4A regional covers Friday and Saturday.