Varsity boys tennis competes in Salina South, Garden City


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The Boys tennis team competes in Salina South and Garden City against tough competitors.

The varsity boys tennis team competed at Salina South on Thursday, April 22. The team brought senior Edgar Alonso, senior Gabe Garcia, sophomore Jack Scoby, freshman Will Linenberger, freshman Carsen Riat and freshman Logan Schmidt.

No. 1 Doubles were played by Alonso and Garcia, who won three matches but ended up losing the rest. They lost against Salina Central (0-8) and South South (3-8). They then won against Smoky Valley (8-5), then beat Smoky Valley’s other doubles team (8-6). Together they got 13th in their bracket.

No. 2 Doubles were played by Riat and Schmidt. Losing against both of their competitors, Salina South (0-8) and Abilene (2-8), they ended up getting 16th place in their bracket.

“It was a really tough meet,” head coach Kayla Brown said. “Edgar and Gabe managed to get some good wins. And, the other doubles of Logan and Carsen had struggled a little bit but had some really good matchups. It was a good learning experience for them to be at their first varsity meet.”

No. 1 Singles was played by Scoby, who lost against Smoky Valley (0-8), Abilene (0-8) and Valley Center (2-8). Scoby ended up facing Linenberger from Hays and beat him (8-6) to get 15th in his bracket.

No. 2 Singles was played by Wll Linenberger, who lost his matches. In addition to playing Scoby, he also played Manhattan (0-8), Valley Center (0-8) and Salina Central (4-8). Will got 16th in his bracket.

“Singles ended up playing each other,” Brown said. “But, they had some tough matches as well. There were some good singles players, but they did get a win in. Overall, it was just an overall good meet but a really tough one.”

Hays got eighth in the meet in Salina while Manhattan got first, Salina Central got second, Andover got third, Salina South got fourth, Smoky Valley got fifth, Abilene got sixth and Valley Center got seventh.

The team also competed in Garden City on Saturday, April 24. This meet included Alonso, Garcia, junior Ryan Schuckman, freshman Colin Clark, freshman Logan Daniels and freshman Henry Fitzthum.

No. 1 Doubles were played by Alonso and Garcia, who won against Colby (8-1) and Liberal (8-5). They then lost against Dodge City (3-8) and against Schuckman and Fizthum (7-8 (6)). Alonso and Garcia got sixth place in their bracket.

No. 2 Doubles were played by Fitzthum and Schuckman, who beat Great Bend (8-5), Dodge City (8-4) and Alonso and Garcia from Hays (8-7(6)). They then lost to Colby (4-8), getting them fifth place in their bracket.

No. 1 Singles was played by Clark, who won against Goodland (8-3), Meade (8-4) and Liberal (8-5) but lost to Colby in the first round (6-8), ending in ninth place.

No. 2 Singles was played by Daniels, who lost against Garden City (1-8) and Liberal (6-8). He then won against Goodland (8-0) and Ulysses (8-7(5)), getting 13th in his bracket.

Hays got second in a tie with Great Bend, but had one extra win over them claiming the second- place spot. Garden City got first, Great Bend got third, Dodge City got fourth, Colby got fifth, Liberal got sixth, Meade got seventh and Goodland got eighth.

“Saturday, we ended up doing really well and tied up with Great Bend,” Brown said. “Because we had a win over them, we ended up getting second as a team. Both of our doubles teams played each other on their last match, with Henry and Ryan winning that last match. Colin lost his first but came back and won his last three. He got ninth, which is really good. He had some really good matches.”