It was a busy day Tuesday for McPherson High’s tennis program, as the Bullpups competed at three sites.
The varsity was at Emporia, where it took second place.
MHS scored 19 points to finish runner-up behind Emporia, which scored 29.
MHS coach Doug Gayer decided to shake things up, as he split up his defending state championship doubles team of Mark Gayer and Nathan Wehrman for one meet.
Gayer played No. 1 singles and went 2-1 for second and defeated Emporia’s No. 1 player who is expected to be a top-five finisher at state, 8-5. He lost 8-6 in the finals against Washburn Rural.
Max Pyle was 2-1 for second at No. 1 singles.
In doubles, Wehrman and Tyler Singleton went 2-1 for third, while Cory Horton and Ben Davidson were 2-1 for second at No. 2.
MHS will be hosting the Division II Championships Monday, with all matches at the high school starting at 10 a.m. Winfield is the favorite, with MHS expected to provide strong competition.
JV 4TH AT HESSTON -- In a varsity meet, the Bullpup JVs gave a good account in the 11-team field by taking fourth.
Smoky Valley, behind championships from Quinn Dippel in singles, and Seth Nelson and Jarrod Altenborg in doubles, won the title with 95 points. Hesston (94) and Conway Springs (62) also finished ahead of MHS (53).
Daniel Allmon (2-2) was sixth in singles, while Connor Schafer (1-3) was eighth.
In doubles, Cody Persson-Sam Spencer (1-2) were 10th, while Charlie Arbuckle-Caleb Chin (1-3) were 15th.
JV 3RD AT NEWTON -- MHS took another group to Newton, taking third. Derby won the title.
TJ Smith and Brady Gipson were 2-1 for second at No., 1 doubles, while Vince Peters and Tanar Wyatt were third at No. 1 with a 2-1 mark.
In singles, James Houghton was third at No. 1 by going 1-2, while Skyler Stucky was 1-2 for fifth at No. 2.