NEWTON – The McPherson Middle School boys tennis team opened their 2019 season at Newton on Thursday and came home with a 14-9 loss in the dual with Newton Chisholm Middle School.

Alex Wheat, Reid Schuckman, Thomas Potter, Henry Boese and Wyatt Scheibler all scored wins in singles, while Tucker Nelson and Alex Wheat, Thomas Potter and Collin Winter, plus the duo of Aidan Wheaton and Cade Scheibler all scored victories in double matches for the Junior Pups.

“Even though we lost the dual by five matches, I learned a lot about the team,” Junior Pup Head Coach Ricardo Sanchez noted. “Of our 16 guys that played today, only two were on last season’s team. We have a lot of boys new to the sport that have been working hard and I know they learned a lot from their first competitive experience.”

Coach Sanchez concluded his post-meet reflections by adding, “Our returning eighth graders have been strong leaders in practice and I know they will respond to today’s dual by working harder and pushing the other boys to improve. I was impressed with Tucker Nelson and Alex Wheat as they looked good out on the courts despite not having much tennis experience. Even though our team is young, I am very excited for their potential.”

Next up for the Middle School boys will be a 12-player team traveling to Salina on Tuesday, April 2 for a five-team tournament. On Thursday, Apr. 4, the teams top six will play in the annual Salina Middle School Invitational.

McPherson Middle School Individual Results:

SINGLES:

1 – Kayden McVicker lost 2-6

2 – Josh Wehrman lost 0-6

3 – Sam Houston lost 0-6

4 – Joey Miller lost 1-6

5 – Tucker Nelson lost 3-6

6 – Alex Wheat won 6-2

7 – Reid Schuckman won 6-5

8 – Thomas Potter won 6-5

9 – Henry Boese won 6-5

10 – Collin Winter lost 5-6

11 – Aidan Wheaton lost 5-6

12 – Cade Scheibler lost 5-6

13 – Wyatt Scheibler won 6-5

DOUBLES:

1 – Kayden McVicker/Josh Wehrman lost 2-6

2 – Sam Houston/Joey Miller lost 0-6

3 – Tucker Nelson/Alex Wheat won 6-4

4 – Reid Schuckman/Henry Boese lost 4-6

5 – Thomas Potter/Collin Winter won 6-0

6 – Aidan Wheaton/Cade Scheibler won 6-5

Extra Matches:

Singles:

Taylor Oertel lost 3-6

Carter Spotted-Elk won 6-5

Vlad Peters lost 2-6

Doubles:

Wyatt Scheibler/Taylor Oertel lost 4-6

Vlad Peters/Carter Spotted-Elk lost 0-6

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