Two McPherson High School state champions earned invites to the Omaha Futures tournament by winning the McPherson Jr. Open on Friday at McPherson High School.
Fort Hays State commit Ellea Ediger only needed one win to punch her ticket in the Girl’s 18s Division, while two-time state champion Nolan Schrader won the Boy’s 18s Division with a bit more resistance.
Overall, eight kids from McPherson, two kids from Lindsborg, and one singles player from Moundridge made the finals or the consolation finals.
The Girl’s 18s Division was perhaps the quickest, as Ediger’s only competition was Becca Stansfield of Wichita. Ediger hardly broke a sweat in her 6-0, 6-0 victory, and was finished with her day before many players saw their first action on the court.
Schrader was the No. 1 seed in the Boy’s 18s Division where he did not disappoint. He made quick work of McPherson’s Aaron Carlson, 6-1, 6-0, in the semis, but faced a more formidable opponent in the championship match in Abilene’s Jase West.
West defeated McPherson High doubles state champion Kaden Stewart in the semifinals, as he was trying to knock off both members of the 2017 4A state champion doubles team in one afternoon.
But Schrader flexed his muscles early and often, jumping out to a 5-1 lead in the first set. A West comeback fell short at 5-3 as Schrader closed the set out on serve.
It was a similar story in the second set, as Schrader cruised to a 4-1 lead before West won two in a row to make it close. And similar to the second set, Schrader closed out his opponent late, taking the match 6-3, 6-3.
Stewart finished as the consolation champion with an 8-1 win over Jorge Morales of Hesston.
In other McPherson County action, McPherson’s Kayden McVicker took fourth in the Boy’s 12s Division.
Lindsborg’s Jacob Lucas earned an invite to the Kansas City Futures tournament by winning the Boy’s 14s Division. He defeated Johhny Steven of Wichita, 6-2, 6-2, in the championship. Lucas will also play doubles at the futures tournament, thanks to an 8-1 championship win with partner Pierson Rogers of Wichita.
McPherson’s Brennan Gipson edged Topeka’s Britton Snyder, 8-7 (4), in the consolation championship of the same division.
Moundridge’s Patty Huerta was a win away from a trip to Kansas City, but fell to Wichita’s Emma Sinclair 6-1, 6-1 in the championship of the Girl’s 14s Division. In the same division, McPherson’s Maddie Dobson won the consolation championship with a win over fellow McPherson native Amethyst Hale, 8-6.
A pair of McPherson County players squared off in the consolation championship of the Boy’s 16s Division, with Lindsborg’s Matt Lucas defeating McPherson’s Logan Hardgrave, 8-1.
The Lindsborg tandem of Jacob and Matt Lucas also competed in the Boy’s 16s Division in doubles, falling 8-2 in the championship.
The Kansas City Futures tournament and the Omaha Futures tournament begin on Aug. 5.
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