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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bullpups claim McPherson Invitational

  • The McPherson High boys tennis team continued their winning ways Saturday by taking the McPherson Invitational crown, though it was a tight victory.
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  • The McPherson High boys tennis team continued their winning ways Saturday by taking the McPherson Invitational crown, though it was a tight victory.
    In the doubles competition, the senior duo of Ben Davidson and Max Pyle once more came out on top, going 4-0 on the day to take first.
    Their path to the championship, however, wasn't an easy one, as they faced off with Salina Central's Justin Bengston and Nathan Garlow in the championship. The game went into overtime, though Pyle and Davidson pulled out the extra-game win 8-2.
    "It was fun to play (Bengston and Garlow)," MHS coach Doug Gayer said. "It was great competition."
    Bullpup juniors Peter and Ryan Horton finished third in the doubles bracket with a record of 3-1. Their lone loss came at the hands of the Salina Central duo.
    In singles, senior Connor Schafer had a fourth place finish, going 2-2 on the day. Junior Dylan Stos was 1-3 and took eighth.
    The Bullpups, No. 2 in the KTCA rankings, finished first as a team with 54 points, though Salina Central was right behind with 52. Wichita Collegiate (32), Arkansas City (29) and Hutchinson (25) rounded out the top five.
    The MHS junior varsity also took their home meet on Friday. Gallagher Martin (3-0) and the No. 2 doubles team of Daniel Fallis and Daniel Holthus (4-0) both had first place finishes for the Pups.
    Gallagher's win came in the No. 2 singles bracket.
    Luke Williams (2-1) was third in No. 1 singles, while Daylan Chapman (1-2) was fourth in No. 2 singles.
    The No. 1 doubles team of Chris Dittrick and Nick Carlson finished third with a record of 2-1.
    The varsity team is back on the court this afternoon at Maize.

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