WINFIELD — The No. 1 ranked McPherson High School boys tennis team is a strong day two away from a state championship.
Not only did the Bullpups qualify an entire team for state, all six players are still alive on day two including three semifinalist entries. Second-ranked Wichita Collegiate is also still in the hunt with two semifinalist, but the Bullpups will control their own destiny Saturday morning in Winfield.
In singles, junior Jarrod Nowak and senior Andrew Snell will both look to become McPherson High’s first singles finalist in school history. Snell will face the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed in Wonjoon Cho of Wichita Collegiate, while Nowak will face Ark City’s Pierce Klaassen in a battle of one seeds.
Snell, who defeated the tournament’s other No. 1 seed in the quarterfinals, became McPherson’s highest ever singles state finisher last year when he took third place.
In doubles, the defending state champion duo of Kaden Stewart and Nolan Schrader picked up two easy wins to advance to the semis. They will face Wichita Collegiate’s Max Wheeler and Luke Swan in a vital match for both schools.
McPherson’s sophomore tandem of Rhett Edmonson and Jackson Schrader are making an impressive statement in their state debuts. After falling in the second round, Edmonson and Schrader won two elimination matches on the backside and can still finish as high as fifth.
The duo will face a tough match to begin Saturday against Smoky Valley’s Nick Reinert and Johann Raucholz.
Day two of state at the T.H. Vaughan Tennis Complex in Winfield begins at 8:45 a.m.