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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Pup netters claim Maize title

  • The McPherson High boys’ tennis team was still ranked second in the latest poll from the Kansas Tennis Coaches Association released Monday.
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  • The McPherson High boys’ tennis team was still ranked second in the latest poll from the Kansas Tennis Coaches Association released Monday.
    The way they’ve played, though, in both the McPherson Invitational on Saturday and Tuesday’s Maize Varsity Invitational, the next rankings may have the Bullpups on top.
    “[The] team is playing well and starting to click and play to our potential,” MHS coach Tyler Brown said following the Pups’ win at Maize. “We have won four out of the five meets we have gone to, and the one we didn't was a big multi classification of top teams in the state. I really feel all six of our guys are gaining confidence and feeling like we can really make a run to be one of the best teams in 4A.”
    His team definitely is playing their best tennis right now, as the Bullpups very nearly swept the top spots at Maize on Tuesday. Both doubles teams of Peter Horton/Ryan Horton and Dylan Stos/Luke Williams went 4-0 on the day to take first, as did Kento Aizawa at No. 2 singles.
    Gallagher Martin took seventh for MHS, who gathered up 25 team points to win the team title.
    Goddard was second with 21 points, followed by Wichita Collegiate (20), Maize (16), Hutchinson (13), Maize South (12), Bishop Carroll (6) and Dodge City (3).
    The Hortons were their usual steady selves as they continue to make their case for a state title in doubles play. The brother duo defeated Hutchinson 8-1, Maize South 8-2 and Collegiate 8-0 in pool play, then fought Goddard to an 8-5 win.
    Stos and Williams, meanwhile, won two of their pool matches by a score of 8-2, while their third was 8-4. They defeated the Maize South No. 2 doubles team in the finals 8-5 for first place.
    Aizawa had a bit of a battle in his first match, winning 8-6 against Bishop Carroll, but dominated Hutchinson and Goddard by scores of 8-2.
    In the finals against Wichita Collegiate, he won 8-4.
    The Pups have another tough tournament ahead of them on Saturday, as they will be part of the field in Collegiate’s Tournament of Champions.
    “If we can place in the top six or seven,” Brown said, “that will mean a lot, especially when most of the teams there will probably finish top three in their classification. I think with such a tough schedule it really preps us for Regionals.”
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.

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