Saturday, August 25, 2007
SHAWNEE HEIGHTS DOUBLES TOURNAMENT
MUSTANGS CHAMPIONS AGAIN
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
Morris, Kinder and Mansfield are sophomores; DeTurk, Burnett,
Michel, Brown and Hauserman are freshmen.
Tuesday, August 30, 2007
SALINA CENTRAL QUAD
SALINA CENTRAL QUADRANGULAR
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
SALINA CENTRAL QUAD
CENTRAL TRAVELS TO COLLEGIATE MEET
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
SALINA CENTRAL 3RD AT NEWTON
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
SALINA CENTRAL INVITATIONAL
LADY MUSTANGS PLACE 2ND IN SALINA
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
LADY MUSTANGS TRAVEL TO GODDARD
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
MUSTANGS THIRD AT DERBY
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
SALINA SOUTH INVITATIONAL
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
Young Mustangs gain experience, take second
By LARRY MORITZ
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
CENTRAL EMERGES SECOND
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.
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
Olathe East won the tournament with 28 points, Central was second
Thursday, September 27, 2007
KWCH Channel 12 Article
BACK IN THE THICK OF IT
By AMY HOUSTON
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
They have faced formidable opponents this season. Their recent
second-place finishes were behind Class 6A tennis powers Maize and
"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
MUSTANGS SECOND AT MAC
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
AVCTL LEAGUE MEET
CENTRAL 3RD AT AVCTL MEET
At Goddard, Salina Central finished in
third place and Salina South fourth in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail
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
CENTRAL GETS TWO ENTRIES TO STATE
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
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
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
CENTRAL BATTLING INEXPERIENCE
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
"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
"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
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
5A STATE TOURNAMENT
DOUBLES DUO FINISH 7TH AT STATE
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
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
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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