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Salina Central won all four singles championships in the Salina singles quadrangular played Thursday at the Central tennis courts.

Karley Benson, Callie Sanborn, Brooke Shirley and Emery Newton won each of their three matches as the Mustangs claimed the team championship with a perfect 12 points.

Salina South and Valley Center tied for second with five points. Sacred Heart had two points.

Top finisher for South was Sarah McAllister in No. 3 singles with a second place record of 2-1, losing her only match to Shirley.

Top finisher for Sacred Heart was Lily Perrin in No. 1 singles, who also was 2-1 and placed second. Perrin's only loss was to Benson.



At Tecumseh, with two first-place teams, Lawrence Free State edged Salina Central, 14-13 in the team scores at the Shawnee Heights Doubles Tournament Saturday.

Central had second place finishes to the Firebirds in No. 1's and No. 2's and a first place finish in No. 3's with Free State second. Molly Michaelis and Camryn Phelps were victorious with a 5-0 record in the No. 3 event.

Michaelis and Phelps defeated Slemmer and Veeder of Free State to win their flight.

In No. 1, Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson were second, losing to Dodd and VanPelt of Free State. No. 2 singles had Emalie Hassler and Peyton Kavanagh lose to Piper and Veeder of Free State. Emme Turpin and Reagan Geihsler filled out the bracket in No. 3, finishing third.



A win in No. 2 doubles and runner-up finishes in No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles gave Central just enough points to win its own quadrangular Thursday at the Central High courts.

Molly Michaelis and Camryn Phelps went 3-0 to win the No. 2 doubles division for the Mustangs, who finished with eight team points.

Marysville and Hutchinson finished with six points each, while South was fourth with four points.

Emalie Hassler and Peyton Kavanagh took second for Central in No. 2 doubles, while Emery Newton was second in No. 2 singles.

South’s Robyn Logan and Jaydn Zamecnik won No. 1 doubles, with Kennedy Herbel and Kaylee Warren taking second in No. 2 doubles for the Cougars.



Salina Central finished 4-0 at its own Mustangs Duels tournament Saturday at the Mustang Courts on the campus of Salina Central High School.

The Mustangs picked up wins over Valley Center (7-0), St. Thomas Aquinas (4-3), Arkansas City (4-3) and Salina South (6-1).

South finished 1-3, getting a win over Valley Center (6-1) but falling in duels with Arkansas City (4-3) and Aquinas (5-2).

Central’s Karley Benson was unbeaten at No. 1 singles, while Brooke Shirley also went 4-0 for the Mustangs at No. 3 singles. Each of Central’s doubles teams went 3-1, with Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson at No. 1 doubles, Emalie Hassler and Peyton Kavanagh at No. 2, an Molly Michaelis and Camryn Phelps at No. 3 doubles.

South’s top finish came from sophomore Robyn Logan, who finished 3-1 at No. 2 singles. Sydney McAdoo was 2-2 at No. 1 singles for the Cougars, while Kennedy Herbel was 2-2 at No. 3 singles and South’s No. 1 doubles team of Jessica Coleman and Jillian Coleman also finished 2-2.



At Newton, Salina Central’s entries finished among the top four in singles and doubles and the Mustangs rolled to the team championship of the Newton Invitational.

Central finished with 59 points with Arkansas City second with 44 and Winfield third with 38.

Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson won the doubles title, going 4-0. They defeated teammates Molly Michaelis and Camryn Phelps 8-1 in the Finals.

Karley Benson placed third with a 3-1 record and Callie Sanborn fourth at 2-2. Benson defeated Sanborn 8-1 in the third-place match.



Salina Central’s Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson were not about to let one loss spoil their day. Especially when it came in finals of a loaded Salina Central Invitational draw against the defending Class 5A state champions.

Stack and Holgerson, both juniors, went toe to- toe for six games with Arkansas City’s Kelsie Burr and Chassidy Weathers before the champions got a key service break and rolled the rest of the way to an 8-3 victory at the Central tennis courts.

“They’re fun to play because they give us great experience and great competition,” Stack said of Burr and Weathers. “We played them last week too, and lost 6-8. “We’re very happy with the way we played.”

Stack and Holgerson also led Central to a second place team finish. St. James Academy, the top-ranked team in Class 5A, won with 117 points, followed by the Mustangs with 102 and Maize with 93.

St. James dominated the singles draw with Catherine Rieke taking first and Gabbi Taylor third.

Central held serve three times to start the doubles final, but at 3-3, Burr’s overhead at 15-40 gave Ark City the break it needed. The Bulldogs did not drop a game the rest of the way, breaking the Mustangs two more times. “We got off to a slow start,” said Burr, a junior, who teamed with Weathers for second at state in 2015 before winning last year. “Then (with the service break) something clicked and we were ready to go from there.” Weathers, a senior, agreed. “It changed our attitude a lot,” she said. Burr especially took charge at the net, forcing Stack and Holgerson back on their heels. “We want to move in,” Weathers said. “We don’t like long rallies on the baseline.”

Stack and Holgerson, who were seeded third, came from behind to beat No. 2 Rachel Binau and Jessica Sharp in a semifinal tiebreaker, 8-7 (7-4). “It was very stressful, but it was so much fun,” Holgerson said. “We wouldn’t have it any other way.”

All four of the Central Maroon team’s four entries finished in the top 10 out of 32 in the singles and doubles bracket. Senior Karley Benson finished eighth in singles, while seniors Emalie Hassler and Peyton Kavanagh took eighth in doubles.

For Salina South, junior Sydney McAdoo dropped just one singles match, in the quarterfinals, and went on to place ninth. The Cougars scored 68 points to finish sixth, with Central’s White team tied for ninth at 68.

In singles, St. James’ Rieke won the championship with an 8-3 victory over Goddard’s Sydney LeFevre. She beat teammate Taylor, the No. 5 seed, 8-5 in the semis. “I’m really happy,” said Rieke, the 5A state singles runner-up last year as a junior. “It was really hard playing Gabbi because you never want to play your teammate. “This is a good tournament to get experience because we’ll see a lot of these girls later this year and at state.”

Second-seeded LeFevre’s big victory was an 8-3 decision against No. 2 Rae Normai of Newton. Taylor also beat Normai in the third-place match, 8-6.

“It was a great day of tennis,” Central coach Mike Goll said. “We enjoyed having good weather and outstanding teams here today." “We had the No. 1-ranked team in the state and they were the only ones that finished ahead of us.” "It was a great day to be a Mustang."



Molly Michaelis and Camryn Phelps finished second in No. 2 doubles Tuesday in leading Salina Central to a fourth-place team finish at the Goddard Invitational.

Maize and Wichita Collegiate tied for first in the six-team tourney with 15 points each, followed by Goddard with 13 and Central with 11.

Michaelis and Phelps won both of their Pool A matches, but lost to Pool B champ Maize in the finals.

The Mustangs also got a third-place finish from Brooke Shirley in No. 2 singles with a 2-1 record, while Callie Sanborn was fourth in No. 1 singles (1-2) and Emalie Hassler teamed with Peyton Kavanagh for fourth in No. 1 doubles (1-2).



The Salina Central Lady Mustangs traveled to Derby Tuesday night. They traveled an entry short as #1 Singles player Karley Benson stayed home nursing a sore shoulder.

Even with only 3 entries the ladies were able to take 3rd in the 8 team Derby Invitational and only 2 points out of second.

The Lady Mustangs were lead by the #1 Doubles team of Juniors Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson. The ladies went 4-0 on the day defeating Surmeier/McCarty of Wichita Northwest for the Championship.

The #2 Doubles team of Freshmen Emme Turpin and Reagan Geihsler took second going 3-1 for the day.

#2 Singles player Sophomore Emery Newton went 3-1 on the day and took 3rd.

The Lady Mustangs are back in action next Tuesday when they travel to Wichita for the Wichita Collegiate Invitational.



At Wichita, the Mustangs’ No. 2 doubles team of Freshmen Emme Turpin and Reagan Geishler won two of their three matches and placed second in the No. 2 division at the Wichita Collegiate Invitational.

Central finished fourth with 20 points. Goddard was first with 29 points followed by Wellington (26) and Collegiate (24).

Junior Brooke Shirley was fourth (1-2) in No. 1 singles and Sophomore Emery Newton (2-1) fifth in No. 2 singles for the Mustangs. The No. 1 doubles team of Juniors Emalie Hassler and Peyton Kavanagh (2-1) finished fifth.



Salina Central was the team champion and Salina South finished second in the Salina South Invitational at Oakdale Park and South High.

Central compiled 60 points and South 51. Maize was third with 48.

Salina Central got second place finishes from Senior Karley Benson in singles, and Juniors Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson in doubles. Freshman Callie Sandborn placed fifth in singles and Sophomores Molly Michaelis and Camryn Phelps ninth in doubles.

Salina South was led by Jessica Coleman and Sydney McAdoo, who combined to win the doubles bracket. They defeated Stack and Holgerson 8-4 in the championship match. Robyn Logan was fourth and Kaylee Warren 13th in singles and Jillian Coleman and Jadyn Zamecnik placed seventh in doubles for the Cougars.



At Topeka, the Lady Mustang Tennis Team faced a field of 10 schools and finished the day losing to only 6A power Blue Valley West by a single point. Blue Valley West scored 47 points followed by Salina Central with 46 points and Washburn Rural with 40 points.

Salina Central was led both the #1 and #2 Doubles teams. Both teams reached the finals. Juniors Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson played at #1 and placed second behind Wolff/Gifford of Blue Valley West. Losing the finals 4-8.

The #2 team of Seniors Emalie Hassler and Peyton Kavanagh place second to Bruna/Roberts of Marysville. They lost the finals match 6-8.

The singles entries also had a great day both finishing in 3rd place in the 10 player field. The #1 entry was Senior Karley Benson who finished in third place by defeating Shelby Downard of Marysville in a tiebreaker 8-7 (8-6).

The #2 entry, Freshman Callie Sanborn also finished third in her division defeating Danielle Ferrigno of Blue Valley West 8-2.

The Lady Mustangs will be back in action next Monday when the travel Maize to compete in the AVCTL League Tournament.



At Maize, Juniors Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson won the Doubles Championship Monday in leading Salina Central to the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division I team title.

Central finished with 39 points to 36 for runner-up Maize, while Salina South took fourth with 26.

Stack and Holgerson beat Maize's Madison Arnold and Ana Vo, 7-5, 6-2 in the finals.

Salina South's Sydney McAdoo and Jessica Coleman finished third, with the Cougars' Jadyn Zamecnik and Jillian Coleman topping Central's Seniors Emalie Hassler and Peyton Kavanagh, 9-5 for fifth place.

In singles, Central's Senior Karley Benson beat teammate Freshman Callie Sanborn, 9-5, for fifth place in singles, while South's Robyn Logan took ninth and Kennedy Herbel 13th.

Rai Normai of Newton beat Hutchinson's Sydnee Foster in the singles final, 6-2, 6-0.



Just a few weeks ago, Robyn Logan was the No. 2 singles player on her own Salina South team. Now she’s a regional runner-up. Logan, a sophomore thrust into the No. 1 slot when teammate Sydney McAdoo switched to doubles, continued to raise his game Saturday during the Class 5A regional at Salina Central, living up to her No. 2 seed with a second-place singles finish.

“I didn’t expect this at all,” Logan said after falling 6-4, 6-4 to Andover’s Emma Sinclair in the finals. “I was just wanting to get to state. “I felt like I played really well.”

In all, it was a very good day for the locals as Salina Central and Salina South both qualified full teams for next weekend’s state tournament at Maize South.

Central also won the team title with 17 points, followed by South in second with 15.

Logan won her first two matches to reach the finals, knocking off Central’s Callie Sanborn in the semis, 6-1, 6-2. She fell behind early against Sinclair, but battled back in each set. “When I started to lose, something kind of kicked in and I started paying better,” Logan said. “I picked up my intensity and started hitting more shots in the corners. “But she played really well. I think we were both really tired.”

Logan was the top finisher for South, with Jessica Coleman and McAdoo adding a fourth-place finish and Jillian Coleman teaming with Jadyn Zamecnik for fifth in doubles. Kennedy Herbel took sixth in singles to claim the final state qualifying spot.

“We knew coming in that we had the possibility of qualifying a good number of kids,” South coach Ryan Stuart said. “Obviously we’re very excited and very pleased to get our whole team in.”

Central was led by juniors Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson, who took second in doubles, falling to Newton’s Rae Normai and Quinn Rhodes, 6-2, 6-1 in the championship.

All three doubles place matches were moved from Central to Oakdale Park, which has lights. Stack and Holgerson needed a second-set tiebreaker in the quarterfinals and three sets in the semis just to reach the finals. “It was good experience and it was fun to play (Normai and Rhodes),” said Stack, who teamed with Emma Norris for seventh at state last year. “It’s always good to play good players.” Added Holgerson: “It’s cool that our whole team is going (to state).”

Stack and Holgerson came back from a set down in their semifinal to get past Coleman and McAdoo, 5-7, 6-0, 6-2.

Senior Karley Benson, the Mustangs’ other state tournament veteran, placed third in the singles by beating teammate Sanborn, 6-3, 6-0. “I feel I definitely got better from playing today and I’m glad I won my last match on these courts,” said Benson, who took the first set of her semifinal against Sinclair before falling 2-6, 6-1, 6-1. “I’ve got to give credit where credit is due. “(Sinclair) is a solid player.”

The Mustangs also got a fourth place from Sanborn in singles and sixth from the doubles team of Peyton Kavanagh and Molly Michaelis.

Salina Central travels to the 5A State Tournament in Maize on Thursday. Play begins Friday morning and continues through Saturday.



By sheer numbers alone, Salina Central and Salina South will have a pronounced presence this weekend at the Class 5A state tennis tournament.

While they don’t boast an individual regional champion, the Mustangs and Cougars qualified their full teams — two singles and two doubles entries — for the two-day meet, which gets underway at 11:30 a.m. today and concludes Saturday at Maize South High School.

“We’re all excited about going,” said Central’s Grace Holgerson, who teamed with fellow junior Maddie Stack to take second last Saturday at their home regional. “It’s cool that we have our whole team going.”

For Holgerson, the trip to state will be her first, while Stack took seventh in doubles a year ago with 2016 graduate Emma Norris. Stack said a balanced doubles field means there is plenty of opportunity, especially with a favorable draw, to advance to Saturday’s place matches. “It’s all about who shows up on game day,” she said.

Newton’s Rae Normai and Quinn Rhodes, who switched from singles to doubles at the end of the season, won the Central regional and take a 7-0 record to state.

But there are four Salina teams in the field as well. Salina South senior Jessica Coleman and junior Sydney McAdoo (14-6) finished fourth in the regional, Cougar sophomore Jillian Coleman and junior Jadyn Zamecnik (15-6) were fifth and Central senior Peyton Kavanagh and sophomore Molly Michaelis (2-2) were sixth.

Stack and Holgerson have a 28-6 record. With McAdoo moving to doubles midway through the season, that opened the door for South teammate Robyn Logan, a sophomore.

Logan (17-9) went on to place second to Andover’s Emma Sinclair (21-11) at regionals. Logan said now that she has qualified, she feels no pressure going forward. “I feel everything after this is gravy,” said Logan, who played junior varsity as a freshman. “I just wanted to make it to state.” “I’ve definitely amped my game up since last year.”

Central senior Karley Benson (22-8), who qualified for state but exited on the first day last year, wants to still be play on Saturday this year. “That’s my goal this year, to place at state,” she said. “(Friday at) state is a really long day and just knowing what it’s like will help me do better.”

Benson will be joined by freshman teammate Callie Sanborn (20-14), whom she beat for third place in the regional. South sophomore Kennedy Herbel (12-13) qualified for the sixth and final spot.

Central won the regional team championship and South finished second. South coach Ryan Stuart couldn’t have been happier. “I’m thrilled to have everybody going to state,” he said. “Seeing the kids improve and cash in at regionals was really cool.”


At Maize, the Salina Central doubles team of Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson will play in the state tournament semifinals of Class 5A Saturday.

Juniors Stack and Holgerson (30-6) started the day with a 6-4, 4-6, 10-8 win over Ellie Schaffer and Anika Roy of Shawnee Mill Valley in a second- round match. The win put Stack and Holgerson in the quarterfinals against Emma Queen and Kaylan Fields.

Stack and Holgerson advanced, 5-7, 6-4, 6-0. Stack and Holgerson will face Kelly House and Eleanor Baldwin of Kapaun in the semifinals.

Jessica Coleman and Sydney McAdoo of Salina South will play in the consolation round with a chance to finish fifth overall on Saturday. Coleman and McAdoo (17-7) will play Rachel Binau and Jessica Sharp of Valley Center.

At Prairie Village, Lily Perrin of Sacred Heart won her first match and lost her second on the day in Class 3-2-1A singles. Perrin defeated Olivia Engler of Osborne, 6-2, 6-0 to move into the quarterfinals. Perrin (28-4) then lost toSabrina Bellar of Conway Springs, 6-3, 6-3. Perrin will play a consolation match this morning.


At Maize, Salina Central juniors Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson will play for third place in doubles today when the rain-interrupted Class 5A state tennis tournament resumes at Maize South High School.

Following a morning weather delay Saturday, Stack and Holgerson got their semifinal match in before the rain returned in the afternoon, falling 6-2, 6-1 to Wichita Kapaun's Kelly House and Eleanor Baldwin.

House and Baldwin were 5A runnersup a year ago. Newton's Rae Normai and Quinn Rhodes, who beat Stack and Holgerson in last week's regional final, were still on the court when their semifinal match against Wichita Carroll's Brayden Steven and Lauren Steven was suspended in the third set.

It is set to pick up at 9 a.m.

Salina South's Jessica Coleman and Sydney McAdoo also were on the court when play was suspended, leading Maize's Madison Arnold and Ana Vo, 5-3 and 40-30. The winner of that match will play for ninth place and the loser for 11th.

Coleman and McAdoo dropped their first match of the day in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-5) to Valley Center's Rachel Binau and Jessica Sharp.

Only one of the two singles semifinals was completed Saturday, with Carroll's Brittany Steven beating Issa Sullivan of De Soto, 6-1, 6-2. She will face the winner between Kapaun's Clara Whitaker and Lenexa St. James' Catherine Rieke for the championship.


At Maize, Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson of Salina Central finished fourth in doubles Sunday at the Class 5A state tournament at Maize South High School.

Play was suspended Saturday because of bad weather. Stack and Holgerson (30-8) lost to Rae Normai and Quinn Rhodes of Newton, 6-3, 6-1. Normai and Rhodes also defeated Stack and Holgerson last week for the regional championship in Salina.

Salina Central finished sixth as a team with 16 points, trailing state champion St. James, second- place Wichita Carroll and third-place Wichita Kapaun. Salina South tied for 11th place with Valley Center with six team points.

Kapaun’s Clara Whitaker defeated Carroll’s Brittany Steven, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the singles final. Kapaun’s team of Kelly House and Eleanor Baldwin won the doubles title with a 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 win over Carroll’s Brayden Steven and Lauren Steven.


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