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Saturday, August 25, 2007
SHAWNEE HEIGHTS DOUBLES TOURNAMENT                                    


TOPEKA — Despite a roster comprised of three sophomores and five freshmen, Salina Central’s tennis team prevailed in the Shawnee Heights Doubles Tournament on Saturday.

The Mustangs compiled 30 points in winning the event for the sixth consecutive year. Washburn Rural was second with 29 points and Topeka West third with 17.

Abby Morris and Ashley DeTurk won the No. 1 title. Stacie Burnett and Laurel Michel were victorious in No. 3, and Emily Kinder and Haley Mansfield in No. 4. All three teams were 4-0 on the day.

The No. 2 team of Jordan Brown and Kelsey Hauserman were 2-2 and placed third.

Morris, Kinder and Mansfield are sophomores; DeTurk, Burnett, Michel, Brown and Hauserman are freshmen.

Tuesday, August 30, 2007


The Salina Central and Sacred Heart girls tennis teams finished tied for third Thursday, with the Mustangs edging the Knights on the tiebreaker. Many of Central’s top varsity players sat out Thursday’s meet in preparation for a tournament Saturday in Wichita.

Sacred Heart had a pair of runner-up finishes in doubles. Carolyn Klenda and Maureen Mikinski went 2-1 to take second in No. 1 doubles, while teammates Emily Douglas and Morgan Hale took second in No. 2 doubles.

Central’s top finish came in No. 2 singles where Bridget Byquist took second, with Hillary Straub taking third in No. 1 singles.

Saturday, September 1, 2007


WICHITA — Salina Central finished eighth as a team at the Wichita Collegiate Classic Saturday.

In singles, Kelsey Hauserman won the consolation bracket, finishing 17th overall and 3-1 in the tournament. Hauserman beat teammate Jordan Brown in the consolation final, giving Brown an 18th place finish and a 2-2 record.

Abby Morris and Ashley DeTurk finished third in the tournament in the doubles division with a 3-1 record. Morris and DeTurk lost their semifinal to the championship school in the tournament, Notre Dame de Sion of Kansas City, Mo.

Central’s other doubles team of Stacie Burnett and Laurel Michel finished in 20th place with a 1-3 record for the tournament.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007


At Newton, Salina Central got second-place finishes from Kaleigh Parker in No. 2 singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Emily Kinder and Haley Mansfield.

Parker and the doubles team each compiled 2-1 records as the Mustangs finished with 18 team points. Arkansas City won the team title with 32 points. Newton was second with 21.

Central’s No. 2 doubles team of Bridget Byquist and Jarah Cooper went 1-2 and finished fourth. Hillary Staub was 1-2 and placed sixth in No. 1 singles.

Saturday, September 8, 2007


A third-place finish in doubles for Salina Central’s Ashley DeTurk and Kelsey Hauserman helped the Mustangs finish second in the 12-team Central Invitational on Saturday.

DeTurk and Hauserman won their first three matches to advance to the tourney semifinals before falling to Goddard’s Krista Lindsey and Kasey Spencer, 8-4. The Central duo bounced back with an 8-4 victory of their own in the third-place match over Topeka West’s Annie Dicus and Ellen Doole.

Central finished with 81 team points, tied with Topeka West for second. The team title went to Maize with 98 points. Central’s second team finished seventh with 48 points, and Salina South was ninth with 36.

After a first-round bye, Central sophomore Abby Morris went 2-2 in the singles division and placed sixth.

Like Morris, Central’s Emily Kinder and Haley Mansfield advanced to the quarterfinals before suffering their first loss, and eventually placed eighth. Laurel Michel went 3-2 for the Mustangs to place 11th in the singles division.

South’s Tia Irwin had the top finish for the Cougars. After a second-round loss, Irwin won her final three matches to go 4-1 and place ninth. That included an 8-1 victory over McPherson’s Shelby Horton in the ninth-place match.

The Bullpups took fifth in the team standings, led by a fifth-place finish in doubles from Amanda Gayer and Casyn Buchman.

Maize swept both the singles and doubles championships, with Jillian Yakominich winning the singles title, while it was Meredith Marney and Jackie Frentz winning the doubles.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


At Goddard, Salina Central’s two doubles teams each placed third Tuesday in the Goddard Invitational.  The No. 1 doubles team of Ashley DeTurk and Kelsey Hauserman, and No. 2 entry of Stacie Burnett and Haley Mansfield, were 3-1 on the day.  The Mustangs’ two singles entries, Abby Morris at No. 1 and Laurel Michel at No. 2, each went 2-2 and placed fourth. 

Central finished fourth in the team standings with 18 points. Maize won the team title with 28 points, edging out Goddard, which had 26. Wichita Collegiate was third with 20.


Thursday, September 13, 2007


At Derby, Kaleigh Parker placed second in No. 2 singles in leading Salina Central to a third-place finish in the Derby Invitational.

Parker compiled a 2-1 record on the day as Central finished with 18 points. Hutchinson won the team title with 23 points; Emporia was second with 21.

Hillary Straub was 2-1 in No. 1 singles and placed third for Central. The No. 2 doubles team of Jarah Cooper and Marita Karlsson placed fourth with a 1-2 record. The Mustangs’ No. 1 doubles team of Jordan Brown and Emily Kinder were 2-1 and finished fifth.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Ashley DeTurk competes with doubles partner Abby Morris during the Salina South Invitational on Thursday at Oakdale Park. DeTurk and Morris won the No. 1 doubles division.

Young Mustangs gain experience, take second

Salina Journal

It’s the perfect combination for the Salina Central doubles teams — young and talented.

With no juniors or seniors in their lineup, the Mustangs still managed to sweep the doubles divisions at the Salina South Invitational on Thursday evening at Oakdale Park and finish a close second to Maize in the team standings.

Sophomore Abby Morris teamed with freshman Ashley DeTurk to win the No. 1 doubles title, while it was freshmen Stacie Burnett and Laurel Michel taking the No. 2 doubles title.

"We have five freshman and a sophomore and we are a predominantly doubles-oriented squad," Central coach Mike Goll said. "They all want to play doubles and they are all very good at doubles.

"When you’ve got young kids like this, you expect that some of them will want to play singles. But when they are already this good at doubles, they are going to be very good down the road."

Maize used a similar sweep of the singles divisions to finish with 38 team points, topping runner-up Central with 35 and third-place McPherson at 31. South finished sixth and Abilene seventh in the eight-team tournament.

DeTurk and Morris actually had their closest match of the day come in the semifinals when they defeated South’s Tia Irwin and Megan Quinley, 8-2. The title match was tied at 1-1 before DeTurk-Morris won the final seven games for an 8-1 victory over Kelby Deterding and Tiffany Khounsombath of Maize.

With three wins Thursday, the Mustangs top doubles team improved to 10-1 this season.

"We both have good ground strokes and we can use our serve as a threat," DeTurk said. "The more we get to know each other, the better we play and we use that to our advantage."

Morris was a member of Central’s varsity a year ago, teaming with former Mustang Grace Eisenhauer to place fourth at state a year ago. This was her third tournament with DeTurk as a partner and their second tourney title.

"The more we play together the more we improve," Morris said. "Our volleys are solid and we both have tennis smarts."

While DeTurk and Morris met little resistance in their final, Burnett and Michel had to work a little overtime before finally finishing off McPherson’s Ashley Allmon and Katie Bomberger in a tiebreaker, 8-7 (7-3).

Both teams also won close semifinals, as Burnett-Michel advanced with an 8-6 victory over Dodge City, and Allmon-Bomberger reached the finals with a tiebreaker victory over Maize.

Central also had a second-place finish in No. 2 singles from freshman Jordan Brown, while freshman Kelsey Hauserman was fourth in No. 1 singles.

South’s top finish was a fourth-place finish in No. 1 doubles for Irwin and Quinley. They fell behind 3-0 to McPherson’s Staci Regier and Kari Wagoner in the third-place match, battled back to trail 5-4, only to see the Bullpups win three of the final four games for an 8-5 victory.

South also had a sixth place finish in No. 1 singles from Jill Robl, who won her consolation semifinal in a tiebreaker before falling to Dodge City’s Hope Stein, 8-6.

"We’re a young team and today we had two freshmen, two sophomores and two juniors out there," said first-year South coach Ryan Stuart. "We’re a work in progress.

"We played some close matches in No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles today and these girls have great attitudes. They’ve got to stay patient and keep working."

Saturday, September 22, 2007


At Emporia, the Salina Central doubles team were both victorious in leading the Mustangs to a second-place finish at the Emporia Invitational. 

Ashley DeTurk and Abby Morris were 4-0 on the day in No. 1 doubles. The No. 2 tandem of Stacie Burnett and Kelsey Hauserman  matched the number one team with a 4-0 record.

Mustang singles players Laurel Michel and Jordan Brown both went 3-1 on the day. Michel was third in No. 1 singles and Brown was second in No. 2 singles.

Olathe East won the tournament with 28 points, Central was second with 27.

Thursday, September 27, 2007
KWCH Channel 12 Article



After placing third at the state tennis tournament last year, Salina Central has returned to the courts with a new group of girls.

Amanda Morris and Grace Eisenhauer graduated, so sophomore Abby Morris is the only returning state qualifier. All her varsity teammates are freshmen.

"It's a unique situation," said coach Mike Goll. "I wouldn't call it a problem because they're a very good bunch of girls."

Despite their youth, the Mustangs are listed among "others" in the Class 5A state tennis rankings. They placed second in recent tournaments at Salina South and Emporia.

Morris and freshman Ashley DeTurk won the No. 1 doubles category September 20 in Salina, and freshmen Stacie Burnett and Laurel Michel were No. 2 doubles champions. Maize won the tournament title.

Goll said Salina Central's doubles teams are its strength.

"Most girls want to play singles," he added, "and it's tough to put good doubles teams together, and I've just got the opposite problem this year. And it's not a problem. I've got girls that are wanting to improve, and it's just a matter of getting them to focus as they mature."

Goll is accustomed to working with young tennis players. He coached middle school tennis for 17 years before a two-year stint as assistant coach at the high school. This is his second season as head girls tennis coach.

Salina Central won its league and regional tournaments last year. The Mustangs also achieved their goal of placing in the top three at state.

They have faced formidable opponents this season. Their recent second-place finishes were behind Class 6A tennis powers Maize and Olathe East.

"For these girls, it's a growing-up process," said Goll, "but we're growing up fast."

They will travel Sept. 29 to McPherson, which will host a tournament that includes teams from across the state, including Garden City, Dodge City, Hutchinson and Topeka West.

"The girls are peaking at the right time and playing very well," said Goll. "In the next three to four years, they're going to be a team to be reckoned with."

Saturday, September 29, 2007


The Salina Central girls tennis team finished with 98 points but fell just shy of the team title Saturday at the McPherson Invitational, where the Bullpup girls won their own meet with 101 points. Salina South took fifth with 69 points.

Central was led by sophomore Abby Morris and freshman Ashley DeTurk, who combined to go 4-0 and win the tourney’s doubles title. The Mustangs also got a runner-up finish in singles, where freshman Kelsey Hauserman won her first four matches before falling in the title contest.

South’s Jill Robl went 2-2 and took seventh in singles, while Tia Irwin and Megan Quinley also finished 2-2 to place seventh in doubles.

Monday, October 1, 2007


At Goddard, Salina Central finished in third place and Salina South fourth in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League meet.

Maize won the meet with 50 points while Goddard was second with 38. Central had 26 points and South 18.

Central was led by its No. 2 doubles team of Emily Kinder and Haley Mansfield, which placed second. Jordan Brown was third in No. 2 singles as was the Mustangs’ No. 1 doubles team of Ashley DeTurk and Abby Morris. Kelsey Hauserman took fifth in No. 1 singles.

South had three fourth-place finishes — Jill Robl in No. 1 singles, Meredith Holman in No. 2 singles, and the No. 1 doubles team of Tia Irwin and Megan Quinley. The Cougars’ No. 2 doubles team of Kyla Alton and Carolyn Fox took fifth.

Central and South will compete in the Class 5A regional tournament Thursday in Hutchinson.

Thursday, October 4, 2007


HUTCHINSON — The Salina Central girls tennis team will send two entries to state — one in singles and one doubles team — after qualifying Thursday at the Class 5A regional in Hutchinson.

Mustang freshman Kelsey Hauserman placed third in the singles competition, as did teammates Ashley DeTurk and Abby Morris in the doubles division.

Only the top four singles players and top four doubles teams at each 5A regional advance to next week’s state tournament.

"Overall we are very pleased," Central coach Mike Goll said. "We got two freshmen and a sophomore qualified for state. Both will be three seeds, but getting there is better than not getting there at all."

McPherson’s Amanda Gayer and Casyn Buchman won the regional doubles title and helped the Bullpups to the team title as well. McPherson qualified all four of its entries for state, including a regional runner-up finish in singles for Shelby Horton.

Hutchinson took second behind McPherson with nine points, followed by Central in third with seven and Salina South was fifth with two points.

Hauserman won three of her four matches Thursday, including a three-set victory over South’s Jill Robl in the quarterfinals. After falling to eventual champion Courtney Ringler in the semifinals, Hauserman came back with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over McPherson’s Katie Bomberger in the third-place match.

DeTurk, a freshman, and Morris, a sophomore, had little trouble advancing to the semifinals, but there lost a three-set match to Hutchinson’s Sydney Ramsey and Jessica St. Germaine, 7-5, 3-6, 6-0. The Mustang duo responded with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over McPherson’s Hanna Heidebrecht and Kristin Reith for third.

"Our youth was kind of exposed today," Goll said. "It was definitely a learning experience for us."

Salina South was unable to qualify any team members for state. Central’s Emily Kinder and Haley Mansfield upset South’s Tia Irwin and Megan Quinley in the opening round of doubles, but Kinder and Mansfield were eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Robl and the Cougars doubles team of Kyla Alton and Carolyn Fox each won first-round matches as well.

The 5A state tournament will begin Friday, Oct. 12 at Kossover Tennis Center in Topeka.

Friday, October 12, 2007


Salina Central’s rebuilding season will wrap up this weekend at the Class 5A state tournament in Topeka. The Mustangs, who did not have a junior or senior on its postseason lineup, will send a sophomore and two freshmen to the 5A championships at Kossover Tennis Center.

Sophomore Abby Morris and freshman Ashley DeTurk will represent Central in the doubles competition, while freshman Kelsey Hauserman qualified for singles.

Morris and DeTurk placed third in doubles at last week’s Hutchinson regional, as did Hauserman in the singles draw.

"We went through a year of playing a lot of youngsters and they are still in the growing process," Central coach Mike Goll said. "We’re anxious for them to gain some state experience.

"Last week’s regional was a good learning tool, but we don’t want them to be satisfied just to be making it to state. We want them to give there best effort, and I’m confident they can play with these people."

Morris qualified for the 2006 state meet as a freshman, teaming with then senior Grace Eisenhauer to place fourth in doubles. Central finished third in the 5A standings last year.

Because they finished third at regional, Morris and DeTurk (23-3) will have to face a regional runner-up in today’s first round, and if they win there, will likely face a regional champion in today’s quarterfinals.

"They stubbed their toe a little at regional and that gives them a tougher road in the early rounds," Goll said. "We told them instead of playing the better teams late, they’ll be playing them early. They have to regroup and be ready to play each time out."

Hauserman began the season playing doubles for Central but agreed to fill an opening for the Mustangs in singles, where she owns a 12-7 record. Hauserman is one of only two freshmen to qualify for state in the 5A singles division.

"She played some excellent doubles for us early in the year, but we had a team full of doubles players," Goll said. "We needed someone to step into singles and she was the one who sacrificed. But she’s played very well for us, and from a freshman we couldn’t ask for any more."

McPherson is one of only three schools — along with Wichita Carroll and St. Thomas Aquinas — to qualify its entire team for 5A state. The Bullpups’ doubles team of Amanda Gayer and Casyn Buchman (21-4) were champions at the Hutch regional, while Shelby Horton (20-12) took second.

Satuday, October 13, 2007


At Topeka, Salina Central’s doubles team of Ashley DeTurk and Abby Morris had to work their way through the consolation bracket after a first-round loss on Friday. But the Mustang duo did just that, earning a seventh-place finish at the Class 5A state tournament Saturday at Kossover Tennis Center.

After falling in the consolation semifinals, DeTurk and Morris finished their season with a 9-4 victory over Hutchinson’s Jessica St. Germaine and Sydney Ramsey in the seventh-place match.

It was a bit of revenge for DeTurk-Morris (26-5), who lost to St. Germaine-Ramsey in the regional semifinals a week earlier.

Central finished ninth in the team standings with six points. The team title went to Wichita Kapaun with 42 points, followed by St. Thomas Aquinas (33) and McPherson in third with 22.

McPherson’s doubles team of Amanda Gayer and Casyn Buchman advanced to the semifinals, but lost to eventual champions Nicole Jara and Lujan Brouwer de Koning of Aquinas. Gayer-Buchman then went three sets in the third-place match before losing to Elizabeth Close and Nikki Heilman of Aquinas.

The Bullpups also got a sixth-place finish in singles from Shelby Horton, while McPherson’s other doubles team of Hanna Heidebrecht and Kristin Reith took ninth.


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