Smoky Valley will be sending its entire tennis team to Friday’s Class 4A State Tournament at Topeka, while five players will represent Hesston at Class 3-2-1A at Pratt.
• Smoky Valley — Smoky’s Kira Haxton will be one of the top singles seeds, though it’s going to be tough to defeat Hayden superstar Brooklyn Hunter as she’s the prohibitive favorite.
Haxton is 27-4 on the season and won a regional title last week at Buhler. Hunter (16-1) and Wichita Collegiate’s Lauren Conrad (9-1) were regional champs last week, while Independence’s Piper Marquez (24-7) was the other regional champion. Isabelle Wright (22-9) also will compete in singles for the Vikings.
Karik Elliott and Rachel Yenni (20-12) took third in regional doubles last week for the Vikings and they’ll be joined by teammates Morgan Bowles and Lana Clark (22-9).
The odds-on favorite is the team of Hannah Geoffroy and Sydney Lair of Wichita Collegiate (12-1). The Spartans are expected to waltz to the team title as the real battle will be for second.
Other doubles champs from last weekend are Kylie Coup-Shiann Olberding of Abilene (28-2), Addison Julian-Kaydn King of Independence (24-7) and Sara Comstock-Julie Hammes of Hayden (24-6).
• HESSTON EYES TITLE — The Swathers were second in the state last year and are armed with the talent to make another deep run.
Halle Krehbiel was second last week in singles and she’s 22-7 on the year. Among the other players in the field is Elyria Christian’s Makenzie Archer, who is 25-9.
Regional singles winners last week were Kristina Head of Lyons (15-7), Maggie Mathes of Chaparral (28-2), Lilly McNeill of KC Christian (20-1) and Emily Ryan of Central Plains (30-0). Ryan and McNeill are the favorites to make the finals.
Hesston’s Kylie Martin and Michaela Martin (22-4) won a regional doubles title last week. Other regional champs were Macy Hass-Katelynn Sanger of Larned (31-2), Kara Koester-Karlee Osner of Conway Springs (22-6) and Emily Mooney-Marta Rodriguez of Hoisington (18-9).
Hesston’s Ashley Hubbard and Mackenzie Unruh (9-2) hope to make some noise as a lower seed.