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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.


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