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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bullpups brave chilly weather to win home tourney

  • The weather was far from spring-like, but the McPherson High School boys tennis team heated up Tuesday afternoon, taking first in the season-opening McPherson Invitational.
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  • The weather was far from spring-like, but the McPherson High School boys tennis team heated up Tuesday afternoon, taking first in the season-opening McPherson Invitational.
    The Bullpups captured the team crown on the strength of their performances both in singles and in doubles matches, split between the tennis courts at Wall and City Parks due to ice still accumulating on the courts at MHS.
    “I was very pleased,” MHS coach Doug Gayer said. “Yeah, the weather was chilly, but it was a good start for us.”
    Schafer went 3-1 to finish third in the singles competition. Stos had a 2-1 record on the day and finished in ninth.
    “In singles, we didn’t really know what to expect,” Gayer said, “but (Connor) Schafer and (Dylan) Stos both picked up a couple of nice wins.”
    In doubles, the senior team of Ben Davidson and Max Pyle took first place with a record of 3-1, defeating the junior MHS duo of Ryan and Peter Horton in the finals of the tournament. The Hortons finished the day with a 3-1 record.
    “The Hortons are coming off a slow start, practice-wise, between basketball and spring break,” Gayer said. “But they looked good. And Max (Pyle) and Ben (Davidson) will make a pretty strong team for us, as well.”
    MHS took first in the team competition with 45 points, followed by Great Bend (38) and Winfield (36) as the top three.
    Newton (32) took fourth, followed by Derby (28), Salina South (21) and Hays (12).
    The next action for the tennis team is Thursday, as they travel to Goddard for an invitational. Other teams involved include Derby and Maize.

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