FRESH START IN SUMMER HEAT
Whether it is a freshman playing at this level for the first time or a senior preparing for that final year of high school athletics, there is something special about that first day of practice during a new school year. The same feeling is expressed from many of the coaches, regardless of their past experience.
Practices began not only in Salina but all across Kansas on Monday for high school athletes competing in boys and girls cross country, football, girls golf, boys soccer, girls tennis and volleyball.
Salina Central girls tennis coach Mike Goll limited his players to only one hour of court time on the first day. Afternoon temperatures reached the mid-90s, but the heat index reported at Salina Municipal Airport was closer to 110 degrees with little wind that might have provided some relief.
'It's a little warm today,' Central senior Camryn Phelps said with a slight smile late Monday afternoon at the end practice. 'Actually it was pretty brutal. You get tired so much faster, and it's hard to move your feet, but we get lots of water breaks. 'But I was especially excited to start today because this is the last year for us seniors. We've been friends since the beginning of our freshman year, we've got great coaches and I love being part of this team.'
LADY MUSTANGS WIN SALINA SINGLES MEET
Salina Central opened their Tennis Season with a Team Championship in the Salina Singles Quad Meet Thursday. The first place Lady Mustangs had 10 points, followed by Newton with 8 points, Salina South with 4 points, and Valley Center with 2 points.
Three entries went undefeated on the day with a 3-0 record. Emery Newton, Callie Sanborn, and Ella Payne all won their divisions. Kamee Robinson took 3rd in the #4 Singles position.
The ladies are back in action on Saturday as they compete in the Mustang Doubles Classic at home.
SALINA CENTRAL LOSES TEAM TITLE IN TIEBREAKER
The Lady Mustang Tennis team came within a Tiebreaker of a Team Title in the First Annual Mustang Doubles Classic. Buhler won the tiebreak 2 wins to 1 after scoring 9 points in the meet. Salina Central also had 9 points, followed by Arkansas City with 8 points, Olathe South with 4 points and Topeka West failing to score.
The Mustangs were led by the #2 Doubles team of seniors Molly Michaelis and Sydney Sorell. They went 4-0 on the day to take first place in their division. The #3 team of junior Emme Turpin and sophomore Mackenzie Nutter took 2nd place with a 3-1 recore. Senior Camryn Phelps and junior Regan Geihsler teamed up to take 3rd place in the #1 division.
The ladies are back in action next Thursday as they host the Salina Central Quad.
LADY MUSTANGS WIN THE SALINA CENTRAL QUAD
The Lady Mustang Tennis Team won another Team Title on Thursday. The won the title by way of a Team Tiebreaker with Salina South. Head to head matches were tied at 2-2. The tiebreaker then went to total wins divided by total games played against each other. Salina Central went 21-19 for a winning percentage of .525. Salina South went 19-21 for a percentage of .474.
Salina Central was lead by their two singles players, Senior Emery Newton and Sophomore Ella Payne. Both players went 3-0 on the day to earn the gold medal in their respective divisions.
The doubles teams each finished in 3rd place on the day with 1-2 records. Junior Emme Turpin and Sophomore Mackenzie Nutter won their opening round against Marysville and fell to both Hutchinson and Salina South. Junior Hannah Queen and Freshman Alahana Smith also finished at 1-2 for third place.
The Mustangs are back in action on Saturday as they host the Mustang Duels.
MUSTANG DUELS MEET GOES TO SALINA CENTRAL
Salina Centrals Girls captured another team title Saturday by winning the Mustang Duels on their home court. The Lady Mustangs went 4-0 on the day to finish ahead of runnerup Buhler (3-1), Salina South (2-2), St. Thomas Aquinas (1-3) and Valley Center (0-4).
The teams was led by Callie Sanborn and Emery Newton who both finished the day winning gold medals in their division. Ella Payne and Kamee Robinson each took 4th place in their division.
The doubles teams also did their part in winning the team title. Camryn Phelps and Regan Geihsler won the #2 Doubles division with a 4-0 record. Also, winning a gold medal was the #3 duo of Emme Turpin and Mackenzie Nutter. The #1 Doubles team of Sydney Sorell and Molly Michaelis finished in 3rd place.
The Mustangs will travel to Newton next Tuesday to compete in the Newton Invitational.
SALINA CENTRAL WINS NEWTON INVITATIONAL
The Lady Mustangs won the Newton Invitational on Tuesday in impressive fashion. The team scored a total of 57 points, followed by Andover with 47 points, and Arkansas City with 38 to round out the top 3.
Salina Central was led by Emery Newton with a second place finish is Singles. Teammate Callie Sanborn followed with a fourth place finish.
The Doubles teams were led by Camryn Phelps and Regan Geihsler with a second place finish. Sydney Sorell and Molly Michaelis finished with a strong third place.
The Lady Mustangs will host the Salina Central Invitational next Saturday.
LADY MUSTANGS FALL TO FIFTH IN SALINA CENTRAL INVITATIONAL
No Salina South individual entry finished higher than third during the Salina Central Invitational girls tennis meet on Saturday, yet every one of the Cougars went home with a secondplace medal.
Led by third-place finishes in the singles bracket from Robyn Logan and in doubles from Iliana Armbrust and Alexxa Nunemaker, the Cougars totaled 107 team points. That was good for second place behind McPherson (113 points) and to edge Topeka Seaman (101) for third.
“We all pulled together today,” Logan said. “This one felt more like a team meet. “Even though tennis is an individual sport, we all want to do well as a team in the big meets.” South coach Ryan Stuart credited the Cougars’ depth. “We are a deep, balanced team and we proved that again today,” he said. “We always tell the kids to try to play to their seed and most of them played to that today. “And we are still playing without one of our best players in Jillian Coleman, who we hope to get back in a couple of weeks from a knee injury.”
Central was also without one of its top singles players, with senior Emery Newton (13-1) missing the meet to take the ACT test. The Mustangs had 87 teams points and placed fifth among the 14 schools in the meet. “We stumbled in a few matches early in the tournament but regrouped and finished the day strong in a number of areas,” Central coach Mike Goll said.
Logan’s lone loss in the tournament came in the semifinals, where she went to a tiebreaker with Megan Ward of St. James Academy before falling 8-7 (5). The South senior closed with a one-sided 8-0 victory over Seaman’s Elise Schreiner in the thirdplace match. “I was most pleased that I was able to stay calm on the court today and if I was down, I tried to get back up,” Logan said.
“I feel like I played pretty consistent and trying to keep shots in with all the wind was hard to do.” Armbrust and Nunemaker were the No. 3 seeds in the doubles bracket and lost a total of three games in their first three matches. Their only loss came against No. 2 seeds Jacey Arnett and Eleana Messenger of Arkansas City in the semifinals, 8-5. The South duo also came back with a win in the tournament’s thirdplace match, defeating Molly Book and Madison Biondo of St. James Academy, 8-4.
“I think we played really well and worked together well,” Armbrust said. “We were calling our shots and making sure where the other person was behind us. We played some really good competition and were able to pull through.” Nunemaker concurred. “Our movement was better and we really tried hard not to stand still,” Nunemaker said. “We tried some new things with lobs, where we placed the ball and coming up to the net to isolate that.”
Stuart was pleased with his team’s resilience. “What I liked the most was how our kids came back and played in the third-place matches,” he said. “No one wants to lose in the semifinals, so to come back and win their final match like they did was nice.” South also had a seventh-place finish in singles from Laura Brucker, with its doubles team of Tess Daily and Katen Putman taking 11th.
Central’s top finish came in the doubles division, where Camryn Phelps and Reagan Geihsler went 3-2 and took seventh. Teammates Sydney Sorell and Molly Michaelis went 4-1 in doubles, won their last three matches and placed ninth.
Callie Sanborn had a tough draw in the singles division, with the Mustang junior losing to eventual runner-up Ward in the second round. Sanborn won her final three matches to take ninth, with sophomore Ella Payne placing 15th in the singles division.
“Every entry won their last match of the day,” Goll said. “In a tournament this size, to be able to finish the day with wins says a lot about being able to answer challenges.”
South’s Elizabeth Franco and Katalina Rivera placed 10th in doubles and Central’s Emme Turpin and Mackenzie Nutter were 12th, with both teams competing unattached and did not figure into their respective schools’ team scores.
The tournament’s top seeds in both divisions were able to claim titles Saturday, with McPherson’s CeAnna Allen and Taylor Bruce topping the doubles field and Keegan VanPelt of Lawrence Free State winning singles. Allen and Bruce won a tiebreaker in their semifinal with Book-Biondo, then defeated Ark City’s Arnett and Messenger in the title match, 8-6. McPherson also had a fifth-place finish from Rachel Carlson in singles.
SALINA CENTRAL CAPTURES DERBY TITLE
The Lady Mustangs traveled to Derby Tuesday night and came away with the another team title. Salina Central scored a total of 29 points, followed by the host Derby with 23 points and Hutchinson with 22 points.
Salina Central had 3 first place finishers in the 4 divisions. Emery Newton won the #1 Singles title with an 8-3 victory in the finals against Gracie Foster of Hutchinson. The #1 Doubles team of Sydney Sorell and Molly Michaelis went 3-0 on the day to take the division title. They were 8-5 winners in the finals over Towns/Yager of Derby. At #2 Doubles, Emme Turpin and Mackenzie Nutter took the division title with an 8-2 victory over Escobar/Ortiz of Dodge City.
Ella Payne took 3rd in the #2 Singles division. She went 2-1 on the day, dropping only her semi finals match to the eventual division champion, Mia Agpoon of Derby.
The Lady Mustangs are back in action next Tuesday as they travel to Wichita and the Wichita Collegiate Invitational.
LADY MUSTANGS CO-CHAMPIONS AT WICHITA COLLEGIATE
The Salina Central Lady Mustang Tennis team split the Wichita Collegiate Invitational title with Wellington on Tuesday evening. Salina Central finished with 24 points, as did Wellington. They were followed by Wichita Collegiate Blue with 21 points, Wichita Collegiate Gold with 18 points and rounding out the top 5 was Winfield with 12 points.
The Lady Mustangs were led by Junior Callie Sanborn playing in the #1 Singles position. She defeated Emma Mantovani of Wichita Collegiate 8-4 in the finals. At #2 Singles was Sophomore Ella Payne who finished in second place falling to Maya Chon of Wichita Collegiate in the finals.
In Doubles, Senior Camryn Phelps and her partner Junior Regan Geihsler finished in third place of #1 Doubles. They defeated Murphy/Yoakum of Wichita Collegiate 8-7 (6) in the third place match to finish their day. At #2 Doubles was Junior Emme Turpin and Sophomore Mackenzie Nutter. They also finished in third place, finishing their day with a victory over Schmaltz/Do of Wichita Collegiate 8-2.
Salina Central will be back in action on Thursday as they participate in the Salina South Invitational.
SALINA CENTRAL WINS SALINA SOUTH INVITATIONAL
The Lady Mustang Tennis team captured the Salina South Invitational title by scoring a total of 63 points. Salina Central was followed by Salina South with 52 points and Buhler with 46 points.
Salina Central was led by Callie Sanborn with a second place finish in Singles. She went 3-1 on the day dropping the finals match 4-8 to Lilly Perrin of Sacred Heart.
Emery Newton took 3rd place winning the consolation match over Shiann Olberding of Abilene 8-6.
In Doubles, the top finisher for the Lady Mustangs was Sydney Sorell and Molly Michaelis in 4th place. They dropped the third place match in a tiebreaker, 7-8 (4) to Frederick/DeMeyer of Buhler.
Finishing in 5th place was Camryn Phelps and Reagan Geihsler. The won their final match of the day 8-4 over Hickert/Ferneau of Buhler.
The Lady Mustangs are back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Topeka West.
SALINA CENTRAL THIRD AT TOPEKA WEST
The Lady Mustang Tennis team traveled to Topeka Tuesday. They competed against some of the top teams in both 6A and 5A Tennis. Manhattan took the team title with 49 points, the Indians are currently ranked 4th in 6A. In second place was Blue Valley West with 46 points, the Jaguars are currently ranked 3rd in 6A. Salina Central was third in the 12 team field with 43 points.
Leading the Lady Mustangs in scoring was Emery Newton with a second place finish at #2 Singles. She was defeated in the Championship match by Kayla Lei of Manhattan 8-3.
At #1 Singles, Callie Sanborn finished in 3rd place winning the Consolation match 8-3 over Sheridan Wichman of Washburn Rural.
Camryn Phelps and Reagan Geihsler were the top Doubles finishers. They finished in third place winning their Consolation match over McGee/Wiens of Manhattan 8-4.
At #1 Doubles, Sydney Sorell and Molly Michaelis finished in 5th place. They ended their day with a 8-7 (2) tiebreaker win over Beck/Fritz of Washburn Rural.
The Lady Mustangs will be back in action next Monday as they travel to Hutchinson for the AVCTL Championships.
SALINA CENTRAL CROWNED AVCTL LEAGUE CHAMPS
The Lady Mustang Tennis team traveled to Hutchinson on Monday and competed in the AVCTL League Championships. The young ladies left Hutchinson as AVCTL League Champions.
In the end, Salina Central had just a little more depth than Salina South.
Salina South claimed the top two spots in doubles and added a second place in singles, but Central placed all four of its entries in the top five Monday to edge the Cougars by three points.
"The difference was depth," Central coach Mike Goll said after the Mustangs finished with 45 points to 42 for runner-up South in a tournament dominated by the two Salina schools. "I'm very proud of the girls."
"We did everything we needed to do and they all did their part. It was a real team effort."
Leading the way for Central was junior Callie Sanborn, who beat South's Robyn Logan in the singles final, 6-0 6-2. Senior Emery Newton took third with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Hutchinson's Gracie Foster in the third place match.
In doubles, the Mustangs' Camryn Phelps and Reagan Geihsler topped Kenzie Gillispie and Madelynn Hamm of Newton for third place, 6-2 6-2, while Sydney Sorell and Molly Michaelis topped Campus' Kaitlyn Gullege and Torrance Nelson, 9-1.
"Our doubles played great and Robyn played great, but Central played well, too," South coach Ryan Stuart said. "Both teams have a lot of depth and that was on display, but Central ended up with the edge."
"It was evident that it was a good day for Salina tennis."
Next up for Central and South is the Class 5A Regional tournament on Saturday at Salina Cental. The top six finishers in singles and doubles at regionals advance to the State tournament October 18-19 in Pittsburg.
REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GOES TO SALINA CENTRAL
With three of the four top-ranked schools in Class 5A girls tennis competing Saturday at the Salina Central courts, a battle for the regional team title was not unexpected. In the end, it was Central that found a way to get past challengers Salina South and McPherson for the championship.
The Mustangs, ranked No. 4 in 5A, qualified their entire team for the 5A state tournament starting Friday in Pittsburg. Central finished with 18 points, edging No. 3-ranked South with 17 points and No. 2 McPherson with 15. Of the 12 state tournament berths earned at the Central regional — six each in singles and doubles — the Mustangs, Cougars and Bullpups combined for 11 of the 12.
Central’s Callie Sanborn won the singles title and teammate Emery Newton finished third. The Mustangs also had a fourth-place finish in doubles from Reagan Geihsler and Camryn Phelps, while Sydney Sorell and Molly Michaelis took sixth.
“They are all peaking at the right time,” Central coach Mike Goll said of his team. “It’s been a good season and they’ve steadily gotten better each week. “This regional, competing against some outstanding competition with South and McPherson, is a sign of how much these girls have improved and what can happen when you work hard.”
It was the second tournament team title for Central in less than a week, after the Mustangs won the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division I tournament last Monday. It was South’s second runner-up finish of the week after trailing Central by three points at league. “McPherson, Salina South and Salina Central have been No. 2 through 4 in the rankings all year long,” South coach Ryan Stuart said. “All three teams got through what they needed to at regional and it should be quite a battle next week at state.”
South had a runner-up finish in singles from Robyn Logan and in doubles from the team of Jillian Coleman and Tess Daily. Iliana Armbrust and Alexxa Nunemaker finished third for the Cougars in doubles. “Robyn and both of our doubles teams played to their seed today,” Stuart said. “We usually say that if they can do that, they are going to be OK.”
Sanborn entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed and followed up her league title earlier in the week with an equally impressive run through the regional bracket. After an opening-round bye and a 6-0, 6-0 win in the quarterfinals, Sanborn defeated Valley Center’s Mallory Feather 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals. She wrapped up her day with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over South’s Logan in the championship match. “It feels pretty good,” Sanborn said. “Going into the championship match I knew I would probably play Robyn. She’s a very good player but I went in, played my game and in the end I won. “I felt like I needed to keep the ball deep against her and just get everything back. I’m going to make my opponents work. Most people are ready to get a point over, but I’m here and if I have to hit 100 shots, I will.”
With the regional title, Sanborn will be one of the top four seeds at state. Like Sanborn, South’s Logan will get a first-round bye at state after her regional runner-up finish. It was the second meeting in less than a week for Sanborn and Logan, with the South senior finishing second at league as well.
“I tried do some different things today and use a different strategy,” Logan said. “I just wanted to keep calm and play my hardest. “But (Sanborn) is very good at moving her feet and makes no unforced errors. She makes you make errors.”
The regional doubles final featured the tournament’s top two seeds, with McPherson’s Taylor Bruce and Ceanna Allen defeating South’s Coleman and Daily, 6-4, 6-4. Bruce and Allen are unbeaten this season and will take a record of 31-0 into the state tournament. They trailed Coleman and Daily 4-3 in the second set before winning the final three games to close out the match. “We couldn’t let it get into our heads,” Allen said. “When our energy is down, that’s when we tend to lose games. It doesn’t happen a lot and that’s why we’ve been so successful this year. “We focus on one point at a time. We can’t let it get in our heads and start hitting into the fences.”
Bruce likes the team’s position heading into next week. “I think this will be huge for us at state,” she said. “Being the top seed will be a little extra boost of confidence going in. We know we can do it, but when we get down on ourselves sometimes, it’s hard to get back up.”
Saturday’s regional was only the third tournament for Coleman and Daily as doubles partners. Coleman missed a good portion of the season while recovering from a knee injury suffered last spring, but was cleared to play in early October. “I’m very happy with how we played,” Coleman said. “They are undefeated this season and we were the only team today to give them a run for their money. “We’ve only had two meets together. With this being our first big competition and us doing that well — 4-6 each time — I’m really proud of us.” Daily agreed. “I’m happy with how hard we worked today,” Daily said. “Jillian just got back from her ACL surgery, so I’m glad she can move as well as she can and we work well together as a team. “I thought we played really well. Warming up I was a little nervous because they were hitting really well, but we ended up playing a good match against them.”
Nunemaker and Armbrust took their only loss of the day against their teammates in the semifinals, a match won by Coleman and Daily, 7-5, 6-3. Nunemaker-Armbrust finished the day with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Phelps and Geihsler in the third-place contest. Phelps and Geihsler got a key victory for the Mustangs when they defeated McPherson’s Rachel Carlson and Patty Huerta in the quarterfinals. The teams split the first two sets, with the Central duo winning the tiebreaker 11-9. That win locked up a state tournament berth for Phelps and Geihsler. After a loss in the tournament’s quarterfinals, Sorell and Michaelis needed a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Newton’s Kenzi Gillispie and Madelynn Hamm to avoid elimination and guarantee themselves a trip to state as well.
The KSHSAA Tennis Championships will be played on Friday and Saturday, October 17th and 18th in Pittsburg, Kansas.
RAIN DELAYS AT 5A STATE TENNIS IN PITTSBURG
At Pittsburg, Salina Central junior Callie Sanborn reached the 5A state semifinals in singles with a pair of wins on Friday. Sanborn lost to top-seed Clara Whitaker of Wichita Kapaun in Saturday’s semifinals.
Sanborn, a regional and league champion earlier this month, was facing Wichita Carroll junior Paige Stranghoner in the tournament’s third-place match.
Central senior Camryn Phelps and junior Reagan Geihsler reached the consolation semifinals on Saturday and eventually finished eighth. After a loss to Tan and Tantemsomboon in the consolation semifinals, Phelps-Geihsler ended their day with a 9-4 loss to Emma Biggs and Grace Unruh of Topeka Seaman in the seventh-place match.
Salina South was still in contention for a Class 5A state tourney trophy as the final round of matches were starting early Saturday evening at Pittsburg High School.
The start of competition at the 5A tournament Saturday was delayed nearly four hours due to early morning rains.
Each of South’s state qualifiers were guaranteed a state medal heading into the final round of competition.
The Cougars had entries competing for fifth place in both the singles and doubles bracket. Senior Robyn Logan won a pair of matches Saturday and was facing Andover senior Sarah Sinclair for fifth place in singles.
South senior Jillian Coleman and freshman teammate Tess Daily also picked up two wins in the consolation bracket on Saturday. Coleman and Daily were taking on Andover’s Aurelia Tan and Annabelle Tantemsomboon for fifth place in doubles.
The Cougars had another doubles team advance through the consolation bracket and reach the ninth-place match on Saturday. Junior Alexxa Nunemaker and sophomore Iliana Armbrust were facing Jazzmyn Williams and Hilary Tallman in their final match of the season.
McPherson’s Taylor Bruce and CeAnna Allen, unbeaten and the tournament’s top seed in doubles, reached the 5A title match Saturday and were facing St. James Academy’s Molly Book and Madi Biondo in the final.
COUGARS CLAIM SECOND AT 5A TENNIS
It was going to take a near perfect day for the Salina South girls tennis team to climb back into contention for a Class 5A team trophy. Near perfect is exactly how the Cougars performed on the final day of the 5A state tournament at the Pittsburg High School courts.
The start of Saturday’s competition was delayed nearly four hours by early morning rains. Once play began, South’s three entries — one singles player, two doubles teams — combined to win eight of nine matches over the next several hours. That was enough to push the Cougars past a crowded field and into second place in the final team standings.
Only a year ago, South was celebrating its first-ever team trophy in girls tennis after taking third at the 2018 state meet. Now the Cougars have another to add to the trophy case.
“Last year was obviously special, having the first team in school history to get a state trophy,” South coach Ryan Stuart said. “This year I think validates our program. Last year we were third but we were a distant third. Now we have a new, best finish at state and we were four points away from first. “We’ve had great kids and great senior leadership, so it’s an absolute joy to be their coach. They make my job easy with the talent they have and how good they are on and off the court.” “It’s definitely very special,” South senior Robyn Logan said. “Last year we got our first trophy at state and then we didn’t think we’d be able to do it again, but then we topped last year. “We all came together today as a team.”
All five players representing South finished as state medalists. Logan placed fifth in singles, with senior Jillian Coleman and freshman Tess Daily taking fifth in doubles. Junior Alexxa Nunemaker and sophomore Iliana Armbrust placed ninth in doubles.
South finished with 29 points, three points behind 5A team champion Wichita Kapaun. It was an extremely tight race for the top spots, with the Cougars one point in front of Andover in third. Salina Central finished with 24 points, five back of South, and placed seventh.
The Cougars weren’t aware of it at the time, but each of their three entries needed to win their final match in order for the team to move into second place. Both fifth-place matches featured South athletes facing opponents from Andover, where a Cougar loss would have enabled Andover to take second as a team.
“Robyn was playing Andover for fifth and sixth, and we were going to get second or third depending on that match,” Stuart said. “She stepped up and played what I would call the best match of her high school career, and she did it in the last match of her career.” “It was the same thing with Jillian and Tess. We needed them to get fifth place to do this. To see our two seniors step up and do that in their last meet is special.”
“Stuart left us in the dark for the most part going into that last match,” Logan said. “He didn’t want us to have extra pressure. I know I would have been a lot more nervous if I knew.”
After a loss in her first match on Friday, Logan won five consecutive contests in the consolation bracket. That included a 9-6 win over Andover’s Sarah Sinclair in the fifth-place contest.
The only loss in the tournament for Coleman and Daily came in Friday’s quarterfinals to eventual runners-up Molly Book and Madi Biondo of St. James Academy. Coleman-Daily went 3-0 on Saturday, taking the fifth-place match with a 9-7 win over Andover’s Aurelia Tan and Annabelle Tantemsomboon.
After a loss in their first match Saturday afternoon, Nunemaker and Armbrust closed with back-to-back wins to place ninth. “Alexxa and Iliana had the toughest of the three draws for us and played competitively both days,” Stuart said. “If they don’t come back and win their last two matches, we don’t get this done. “The way all the girls came back and competed today was special to watch. They took care of business and the bracket fell for us.”
After winning league and regional titles earlier this month, Central junior Callie Sanborn won a pair of matches Friday to advance to the state semifinals, guaranteeing a top-four finish.
Sanborn lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Clara Whitaker of Wichita Kapaun, then ended the season with a 6-2, 6-1 loss to Wichita Carroll’s Paige Stranghoner in the third-place match.
“The singles field was loaded,” Central coach Mike Goll said. “For Callie to get through and make that final four was very impressive.
“She beat a couple of really good players along the way. It didn’t end the way she wanted, but I told her we haven’t had a singles player finish that high in quite a few years.”
Central senior Camryn Phelps and junior Reagan Geihsler had a pair of wins Friday, including a victory over regional champions Emma Biggs and Grace Unruh of Topeka Seaman. Phelps and Geihsler faced Biggs and Unruh again in Saturday’s seventh place match, falling to the Seaman duo 9-5.
Central’s doubles team of seniors Molly Michaelis and Sydney Sorell went 2-2 on Friday but were eliminated with the second loss. Senior Emery Newton also won two singles matches on Friday.
"(Phelps and Geihsler) played their hearts out,” Goll said. “All their matches were competitive and they gave everything they had. Both entries that didn’t make it to Saturday, they did everything they needed to do to help us.
“I was very proud of all of our girls. They came through with league and regional titles this year. The ball didn’t bounce our way a couple of times this weekend, but the girls gave me everything they’ve got.”
McPherson finished tied for fifth in the team standings, with senior Taylor Bruce and junior CeAnna Allen completing their remarkable season with a 5A doubles title.
Bruce and Allen went 35-0, including a 6-4, 6-3 win over Book and Biondo in Saturday’s championship match.
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