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Salina Central won three of four divisions en route to claiming the team title in the Salina Singles Tennis Quad on Thursday. The Mustangs finished with 11 points, followed by Salina South nine and Valley Center four. Sacred Heart did not score.

Central’s Karley Benson won all three of her matches in No. 1, Grace Holgerson was 3­0 in No. 2 and Abbi Schroeder 3­0 in No. 3. South’s Maelle Saillour was 3­0 and won the No. 4 division.

South’s Tesa Wilcox was 2­1 and finished second in No. 1, Robyn Logan 2­1 and finished second in No. 2 and Mikayla Talbott 2­1 and second in No. 3. Central’s Brook Shirley was 2­1 and second in No. 4.


At Lake Shawnee, the Lady Mustangs won all three divisions and claimed the team title in the Shawnee Heights Doublbles Round Robin.

The Mustangs finished with 15 points, followed by Lawrence Free State with 10, Shawnee Heights red 8, Topeka West 8, and Shawnee Heights blue 4.

Emma Norris and Maddie Stack won #1 Doubles for Central, Paige Hieger and Caroline Holgerson prevailed in #2 and Emalie Hassler and Peyton Kavanagh won #3. All three teams had a 4-0 records.

The Mustangs have two home events next week - a Quad with Hutchinson, Marysville, and Salina South on Thursday, and a Duels Tournament against Arkansas City, St. Thomas Aquinas, Salina South, and Valley Center on Saturday.


At Salina Central, Salina South won both doubles divisions en route to claiming the team title of the Salina Central Quad. South finished with 10 points, Salina Central six, Marysville five and Hutchinson three.

South’s Jessica Coleman and Quinn Munk won No. 1 doubles with a 3-0 record, and Cameron Munk and Jessica Smith 3-0 and won No. 2 doubles.

Central’s Emalie Hassler and Peyton Kavanagh were 1-2 and placed third in No. 1, and Addi Harvey and Brooke Shirley 2-1 and placed second in No. 2.

Central’s Brittany Blackim went 2-1 and won the No. 1 singles division. South’s Sydney McAdoo was third with a 2-1 record. South’s Tesa Wilcox was 2-1 and placed second in No. 2 singles, and Central’s Abbi Schroeder 1-2 and took third.

Salina Central is back in action Saturday as they host the Mustang Duels on the Courts on the Campus of Salina Central.



Salina Central won three of four matches and Salina South split four matches in the Mustang Duels. The Mustangs defeated St. Thomas Aquinas 6-1, Valley Center 7-0 and South 4-3. Central lost to Arkansas City 5-1 South defeated Aquinas 6-1 and Valley Center 7-0.

The Cougars also lost to Arkansas City 4-3. Arkansas City won the team title with Central placing second, South third, Aquinas fourth and Valley Center fifth.

Karley Benson, Brittany Blackim and Grace Holgerson won singles matches for Central against Aquinas while Paige Hieger/Caroline Holgerson and Emalie Hassler/Peyton Kavanagh were victorious in doubles play.

Against Valley Center, Benson, Blackim, Holgerson and Abbi Schroeder won singles matches and Emma Norris/ Maddie Stack, Hieger/Holgerson and Hassler/Kavanagh won in doubles.

Against South, Benson, Blackim and Holgerson won in singles along with Norris/Stack in doubles.

Blackim and Holgerson won singles matches against Arkansas City.

For South, Sydney McAdoo, Tesa Wilcox, Robyn Logan and Jillian Coleman won singles matches against Aquinas while and Jessica Coleman/Quinn Munk and Camerson Munk/Jessica Smith won in doubles.

Against Valley Center, McAdoo, Wilcox, Logan and Jillian Coleman won in singles and Jessica Coleman/Q. Munk, C.Munk/Smith and Mikayla Talbot/Jadyn Zamecnik in doubles.

Against Arkansas City, Wilcox, Logan and Jillian Coleman won their singles matches. South winners against Central were Jillian Coleman in singles and the doubles teams of C.Munk/Smith and Talbot/Zamecnik.

The Lady Mustangs are back in action Tuesday when they travel to Newton.


At Newton, the Mustangs’ two singles entries and two doubles entries placed among the top five in the Newton Invitational. Arkansas City won the team title with 57 points while Central had 53.

Karley Benson won three of four matches and placed third in singles. Grace Holgerson also was 3-1 and finished fifth.

The doubles team of Emma Norris and Maddie Stack was 3-1 and took third while Paige Hieger and Caroline Holgerson were 2-2 and placed fourth. Norris and Stack defeated Hieger and Holgerson 8-3 in the third-place match.

The Mustangs and 14 other schools will compete in the annual Salina Central Invitational this weekend at the Salina Central High courts and Oakdale Park. Play begins at 8:30 a.m


McPherson’s Ellea Ediger still isn’t sure what the future holds, but for the time being she loves the singles life. Ediger, a second­place doubles finisher at last year’s Class 4A state tournament, successfully defended her Salina Central Invitational singles title Saturday in dominating fashion at the Central courts, dropping just two games in five matches. “Singles has always been my favorite, though doubles has been growing on me,” Ediger said after taking out Goddard’s Sydney LeFevre, 8­2, in the finals. “But I’m still a singles player at heart.”

Ediger took second at state as a freshman and fifth as a sophomore in singles, but late last season she teamed with fellow junior Rachel Ivers in doubles for a runner­up state finish. Ivers combined with junior Maisie Edmonson for second in the Central Invitational doubles draw and McPherson rolled to the team title with 105 points.

Ediger, playing her second singles tournament this year — she also won a home meet last week — breezed through the draw with little resistance, shutting out three opponents and yielding one game in another match. “I felt really loose and confident in all my shots,” she said. “Maybe it’s because I won this tournament last year, but I executed really well.” It was a good day all around for McPherson, which got both doubles teams to the semifinals.

Edmonson and Ivers beat teammates Heidi Myers and Taylor Bruce, 8­4, in the semis before falling 8­3 to Arkansas City’s Kelsie Burr and Chassidy Weathers in the championship.

The Bullpups won the team title handily, with Arkansas City second at 89 points and Salina Central’s Maroon third with 85. Salina South took fifth with 79 points and Central’s White team 11th with 51.

Central and South squared off in two doubles matches to close out the day with each winning one. Central’s Emma Norris and Maddie Stack produced the top Salina finish, saving a match point before edging South’s Quinn Munk and Jessica Coleman in a tiebreaker, 8­7 (8­6). “It seemed very tight the whole way,” Norris, a senior, said after she and Stack squandered a match point at 7­5, only to save one while trailing 7­6 in the tiebreaker. “I’m proud of the way we kept our spirits up and pulled it out at the end.”

The two teams were certainly familiar with each other after Norris and Stack prevailed 8­6 last week. “It felt really good, but it was a little more tense, just because we know them so well,” said Stack, a sophomore, who has teamed with Norris since late last season. Added Norris: “At the end of the day we’re still friends.”


At Goddard, Salina Central won two divisions and took first among eight schools competing Tuesday at the Goddard Invitational.

The Mustangs finished with 26 team points, topping runner-up Wichita Collegiate with 22, while Maize and Goddard tied for third with 20.

Central's Grace Holgerson went unbeaten in four matches to win the #2 Singles title, while Paige Hieger and Caroline Holgerson also went 4-0 to win #2 Doubles.

The Lady Mustangs also had a runner-up finishh in #1 Doubles from Emma Norris and Maddie Stack, while Brittany Blackim was fourth in #1 Singles.



At Derby, Salina Central had a strong showing in all four divisions and still came up slightly short Thursday at the Derby Invitational.

Derby won the team title with 25 points, one point better than Salina Central. Hutchinson was third in the eight team meet with 19 points.

Central had a first place finish in #1 Doubles from juniors Emalie Hassler and Peyton Kavanagh, who finished the day 3-0. The Mustangs #2 team of sophomores Addie Harvey and Brooke Shirley placed third, with their lone loss in a semifinal tiebreaker to Wichita Northwest.

Senior Brittany Blackim and junior Karley Benson both went 2-1 in singles play, with Blackim finishing 3rd at #1 Singles and Benson finishing 2nd at #2 Singles.



At Wichita, Salina Central finished with 20 points and took third among eght schools competing at the Wichita Collegiate Invitational on Tuesday. Central's total trailed only Goddard with 24 and runner-up Wellington with 22.

The Mustangs top finish came in #1 Doubles where Emma Norris and Maddie Stack took second with a 2-1 record.

Central's Brittany Blackim was third in #1 Singles and teammate Abbi Schroeder was third in #2 Singles, both going 2-1.

The Mustangs also had a fourth place finish in #2 Doubles from Emalie Hassler and Peyton Kavanagh.

Salina Central in back in action on Thursday as they will compete in the Salina South Invitational on their home courts.



The tiebreaker was a piece of cake. Getting there was a different matter. Salina South’s Jessica Coleman and Quinn Munk were two points from defeat, only to rally past Emalie Hassler and Peyton Kavanagh of Salina Central, 8­7 (7­2) for the South Invitational doubles championship Thursday at the Central courts.

The victory by top­seeded Coleman and Munk, plus a runner­up finish from No. 7 singles seed Tesa Wilcox in singles also propelled the Cougars to the team championship with 65 points.

Central, led by No. 7 seeds Hassler and Kavanagh, was second with 56, followed by Maize in third with 44.

Coleman and Munk, who breezed through their first three matches, fell down a service break to Hassler and Kavanagh, trailing 6­4 and 7­5. After Coleman held to cut it to one they were down 30­love on Kavanagh’s serve but reeled off four straight points to force the tiebreaker. “We dug a pretty wide hole for ourselves,” Coleman said. “But it’s never fun losing to your rivals, so we just tried to (raise) our game and eliminate our mistakes. “Once we got to the tiebreaker we were able to wipe the slate clean.” Munk credited the comeback to an attitude adjustment at the right time. “If you’re negative, it gets in your head,” she said. “It’s all a mindset. “Once we stopped making mistakes, we really got into it. We’ve had quite a few (tiebreakers) the last couple of weeks, so winning it really boosts our self­esteem.”

It was a good day for the tournament’s top seeds, as Olathe South sophomore Cady Lynn steamrolled her way through the singles draw, knocking off Wilcox, 8­1 in the final.

But the rest of the tournament did not go according to form as both No. 7 seeds advanced to the finals. Central’s Hassler and Kavanagh knocked off No. 2 Cameron Munk and Jessica Smith of South, 8­5 in the quarterfinals, then advanced to the championship with an 8­4 victory over sixth­seeded Madi Arnold and Ana Vo. Arnold and Vo upset Central’s third­seeded Paige Hieger and Caroline Holgerson in another quarterfinal. “I thought we played really well overall, though we kind of fell apart at the end,” Hassler said. “I was pretty proud of the way we played. “We just weren’t able to finish at the end.” Kavanagh agreed.



At Topeka, the Lady Mustangs won both Doubles divisions and the #2 Singles division to claim the team title in the Topeka West Invitational.

Senior Emma Norris and Sophomore Maddie Stack teamed up to go 3-0 and win the #1 Doubles division. Winning with scores of 8-1, 8-2, and 8-3 in the finals.

Seniors Paige Hieger and Caroline Holgerson won the #2 Doubles division, also with a 3-0 record. Sophomore Grace Holgerson won the #2 Singles division, losing a total of 2 games on the day.

Senior Brittany Blackim placed third in #1 Singles with a 2-1 record, while Junior Karley Benson finished seventh at 2-2.

Salina Central compiled 53 team points, well ahead of runner-up Blue Valley West, which had 40 points. Washburn Rural was third with 39 points in the 10 team field.

The Lady Mustangs will compete in the AVCTL League Championships on Monday, October 3rd in Maize.



At Maize, Cameron Munk and Jessica Smith won the doubles title and Sydney McAdoo took second in singles Monday to lead Salina South’s girls to their first-ever Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division I championship.

The Cougars won with 43 points, followed by Salina Central in second with 40. Munk and Smith beat Central’s Paige Hieger, 6-1, 6-1 in the finals. In another all-Salina matchup, Central’s Emma Norris and Maddie Stack topped South’s Quinn Munk and Jessica Coleman, 6-3, 6-3, for third place.

McAdoo, the No. 3 singles seed, won her first two matches in straight sets before falling 6-2, 6-0 to top-seeded Ashley Sherrow of Derby in the final.

Salina Central’s two singles players squared off in the fifth-place match with Brittany Blackim beating teammate Karley Benson, 6-2, 6-0.

South’s Tesa Wilcox claimed seventh place with a 6-2, 4-6, 10-8 victory over Hutchinson’s Sydnee Foster.


At Maize, The Salina Central and Salina South tennis teams headed for their Class 5A regional tournament Saturday morning seeking berths in next weekend’s state tournament. They accomplished their mission in a big way.

South won the regional team title, qualifying both its doubles and both singles entries in the process, while Central finished second and qualified both singles entries and one doubles team.

South’s Sydney McAdoo won the singles championship with a 6­3, 6­4 victory over Lillie Williams of Maize. Central’s Brittany Blackim took third, defeating South’s Tesa Wilcox 6­1, 3­6, 6­0 — both earning state berths. Central’s Karley Benson also will compete at state after defeating Sydney McGrown of Maize 4­6, 6­0, 6­0 in the fifth­place match.

Central’s Emma Norris and Maddie Stack advanced by placing second in doubles, losing to a team from Valley Center 6­4, 6­3 in the final. The consolation match was an all­Cougar affair with Jessica Coleman and Quinn Munk defeating teammates Jessica Smith and Cameron Munk 5­2, retired — all four punching their state tickets.

Central’s other doubles team of Caroline Holgerson and Paige Hieger failed to qualify after losing in the consolation semifinals.

South finished with 20 team points while Central had 15. Maize was third with 13. The 5A state tournament will be played Friday and Saturday at Arkansas City High School.



At Arkansas City, Salina Central’s seniors punctuated their high school tennis careers with a strong final showing Saturday, collecting a pair of seventh­place medals and nearly leading the Mustangs to a team trophy in the Class 5A state tennis tournament at Arkansas City High School.

Central finished fourth as a team with 20 points, just three points behind Wichita Carroll for the third place trophy. Host Arkansas City won with 32, followed by St. James with 28, while Salina South tied for seventh place with 14.

Central senior Brittany Blackim bounced back from a loss in the consolation semifinals to knock off Shawnee Heights’ Madeline Lysaught, a regional champion, 9­5 in the seventh­place singles match.

Senior Emma Norris and sophomore partner Maddie Stack beat second­seeded Kathryn Kienholz and Melissa Benjamin of Emporia, 9­7, for seventh in doubles.

“Everybody did their part and I thought they all played well,” Central coach Mike Goll said. “Karley Benson, even though she didn’t make it to Saturday and a medal, picked up valuable points for us."

“To finish fourth in that field of teams was pretty darn good.” It was the first state medal for all three Central players. Blackim qualified last year but didn’t make it to Saturday’s medal rounds.

“Bottom line, my two seniors finished seventh in singles and seventh in doubles,” Goll said. “They stuck with me for four years and I’m so proud of them.”

Salina South, which was coming off a team regional championship and qualified its full team for state, picked up a pair of medals in singles.

Sophomore Sydney McAdoo, a regional champion, lost a close quarterfinal match on Friday, but came back to take 10th, falling 9­5 to Arkansas City’s Brittany McBride in the ninth­place match. She beat McBride straight sets in the second round the day before.

Junior Tesa Wilcox finished 12th after advancing to the second day with a pair of Friday consolation victories. She lost 9­6 to Taylor Smart of St. Thomas Aquinas in the match for 11th.

“I thought they did a great job making it to the weekend,” South coach Ryan Stuart said of McAdoo and Wilcox. “Sydney had a huge win over McBride to get to the quarterfinals and played well in the quarterfinals. “Tesa won her first match, lost to the overall champion (Grace Ball of Andover) in the second and came back and won two matches to get to qualify for Saturday. They earned 10 points.”

The Cougar doubles teams — Quinn Munk and Jessica Coleman, Cameron Munk and Jessica Smith — fell one match short of advancing to Saturday.


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