ARKANSAS CITY — In a field of 16 teams, the McPherson High School boys tennis team finished eighth, led by senior Jarrod Nowak’s third-place finish in singles.

Nowak cruised to the semifinals before suffering a setback to eventual tournament champion Adam Burke of St. James. Nowak responded with an 8-1 win over Pierce Klassen of Ark City in the third-place match.

The rest of the Bullpups had a hard time in a loaded field. Jackson Schrader finished 14th in singles, while the doubles team of Brennan Gipson and Conner Glazner and the duo of Jaden Fox and Alex Houston finished 23rd and 24th respectively.

As a team, the Bullpups scored 64 points. St. James won the tournament with 107 points.

The Bullpups are back in action on Saturday at the John Markham Spring Classic in Goddard.

Smoky Valley tennis wins big in home invitational

LINDSBORG — The Smoky Valley High School boys tennis team put on a show for their home crowd at the Ron Dahlsten Tennis Classic.

The Vikings cruised to the team title with 64 points. Second-place Hesston finished with 50 points.

The Vikings had an entry in both the singles and doubles championship, led by the doubles team of Matt and Jake Lucas, who won the championship match over teammates Johann Raucholz and Carson Byers, 8-2.

The two doubles teams earned Smoky Valley 38 points.

In singles, Cole Brumbaugh finished 3-1 for second place. He lost in the championship match to Logan Gamble of Hesston.

Cade Schneider finished a 2-2 day with a win for seventh place.

The Vikings also entered their junior varsity into the tournament, and the Vikings took sixth out of eight teams.

Smoky Valley is next in action on Thursday when they travel to Hillsboro.

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