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  • Pup netters send five into day two of 4A state tourney

  • All five MHS competitors survived the first day of the Class 4A State Tennis Tournament Friday, keeping alive hopes for a 53rd state championship banner for the Roundhouse rafters.
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  • All five MHS competitors survived the first day of the Class 4A State Tennis Tournament Friday, keeping alive hopes for a 53rd state championship banner for the Roundhouse rafters.
    Both Bullpup doubles teams made the semifinal round, which gets underway today at 9 a.m. at the T.H. Vaughan Tennis Center. In fact, both teams received first-round byes in the bracket, as they both finished Nos. 1-2 in the 4A Regional held last week at MHS.
    Ryan and Peter Horton opened up their tournament play against Andover Central’s Jacob Murray and Matt Flynn and won in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.
    That led to a showdown in the quarterfinal round against one of the two Independence teams in the tournament in Lane Schicke and Pat Hardy. Once more, the Hortons easily advanced with a 6-1, 6-3 win.
    They will face the winner of the Pratt Regional in Andover Central’s Cameron Davis and Jacob Thompson this morning in the semifinals. Davis and Thompson, who entered the tournament with a record of 25-7, also had little competition in either of their Friday matches.
    On the other side of the doubles bracket, McPherson’s Dylan Stos and Luke Williams advanced with wins over Wichita Trinity’s Luke Prohaska and Will Zimmerman 6-2, 6-2. The Bullpup duo then punched their ticket to the semis with what can be considered an upset win over the Bishop Miege team of Luke Powell and John Schultz, who were the winners of the De Soto Regional and had an 18-4 record entering state.
    Stos and Williams upended Miege in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. They will now face the Independence brother duo of Sam and Josh Hilger this morning in the semifinals. The Hilgers easily won their first match without dropping a game, then won over Pratt’s Liam Kahmayer and Christian Kurz 6-3, 6-3.
    In singles play, MHS’s Kento Aizawa won his first match against Bishop Miege’s Will Grier, though he had a battle to do so, winning 6-3, 3-6, 10-6.
    Aizawa then fell in straight sets to Wichita Trinity’s Carter Tappan 6-0, 6-0, but rebounded in the fifth place bracket with two straight wins.
    He defeated Paola’s Foster Davis 9-2, then pulled an upset of sorts over Ottawa’s Jonathan Kuczmarski, who finished second in the Chanute Regional. Aizawa defeated Kuczmarski 9-7 to advance to the fifth place quarterfinals this morning. He will face Concordia’s Marcel Rimrodt, the winner of the McPherson Regional, after Rimrodt fell in the championship quarterfinals to Topeka Hayden’s Blake Hunter.
    Smoky Valley’s Will Bochte and Trapper Bellah started the day out with a come from behind, three set win against De Soto’s Ramsey Mason and Ben Zoller. The Viking duo won 2-6, 6-3, 10-5 to advance, but fell to Kahmayer and Kurz from Pratt 7-8, 2-6, 10-8.
    Page 2 of 2 - That left Bochte and Bellah in the fifth place bracket, where the faced the team they defeated to win third place at the McPherson Regional last week, Buhler’s Lucas Caywood and Hank Goertzen. The Crusader duo avenged their loss, winning 9-6 to advance, where they are still alive in the doubles fifth place quarterfinals.
    The Crusaders, who took their full compliment of six to Winfield, still have five alive in the hunt.
    Hayden, who was the Kansas Tennis Association’s No. 1 team heading into the tournament, has all four competitors still alive, as both Tommy and Blake Hunter are in the championship semifinals as singles. Josh Russell and Ben Heath are in the consolation quarterfinals.
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.
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