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The Lady Mustang Tennis Squad includes only ten players in this unusual Covid season. However, the ten players include five seniors. Two of the seniors are returning State Qualifiers. Callie Sanborn finished 4th in the 5A State Tournament and ended the season with a 28-7 record. She was also AVCTL League Champion as well as the Regional Champion.

Reagan Geihsler is the other returning senior as she finished 8th in Doubles with graduating senior Camryn Phelps. They finished their season last year at 27-14. Several candidates will be looking to be Geihsler's new partner this season.

Seniors Emme Turpin and Kamee Robinson will step into the varsity lineup somewhere. Both players will have to step up and produce right away. Other varsity candidates include junior Mackenzie Nutter and freshman Janae Montoya. Both underclassmen will be counted on to pick up the load for the varsity.

The Lady Mustangs will open the season at home as they will host the Salina Central Quad. Teams invited include Salina South, Hutchinson, and Marysville. The meet will be contested on Thursday, September 3rd at the Mustang Courts on the Campus of Salina Central High School.



Salina Central opened their Tennis Season with a Team Championship in the Salina Central Quad Meet Thursday. The first place Lady Mustangs had 9 points, followed by Salina South with 8 points, Hutchinson with 7 points, and Marysville was unable to score.

Two entries went undefeated on the day with a 3-0 record. Callie Sanborn won the #1 Singles division and Emme Turpin teamed with Mackenzie Nutter to win the #2 Doubles division. Finishing at 2-1 and finishing second in #1 Doubles was Reagan Geihsler and teammate Janae Montoya. Kamee Robinson finished her day at 1-2 and was third place in #2 Singles.

The ladies are back in action on Tuesday as they compete in the Newton Invitational at Newton.



The Lady Mustangs competed Thursday in Newton at the Newton Invitational. The Meet was stopped in the last round by an early evening rain storm. No Team Scores were available.

Callie Sanborn was prepared to play for 3rd place in Singles when the rains hit. She was 2-1 on the day. Teammate Kamee Robinson was starting her 9th place match when play was ended.

The Doubles team of Reagan Geihsler and Janae Montoya were beginning their 3rd place match when play was suspended. Teammates Emme Turpin and Mackenzie Nutter were prepared to start their 9th place match.

The ladies are back in action on Saturday as they compete in the Salina Central Invitational at the Mustang Courts on the Campus of Salna Central.



The Salina Central Lady's Tennis team took third in their Invitational on Saturday. Winning the meet was McPherson with 61 points, followed by Salina South with 56, Salina Central with 49, Maize South with 38 and rounding out the top 5 finishers was Maize with 30 points.

Senior Callie Sanborn led the way once again for the Lady Mustangs with a Singles Championship. Sanborn finished the day 4-0 with victories over Arkansas City, Maize, Salina South, and McPherson in the Championship match. She defeated Patty Huerta or McPherson 8-3 to take the Singles crown.

Freshman Janae Montoya made a strong showing in her first opportunity at Singles finishing 4th. Montoya actually was a tiebreaker away in the Semi Finals from facing her teammate in the Finals. She dropped a Tiebreaker to Huerta of McPherson 7-8 (2).

On the Doubles bracket, Senior Reagan Geihsler and Junior Mackenzie Nutter finished a strong 7th in a loaded Doubles field. In fact, the Mustang duo had the #2 seed in the tournment, McPherson down 6-3 before dropping the match 6-8. Half the McPherson pair was a State Champion last year in 5A tennis.

Senior teammates Emme Turpin and Kamee Robinson scored 5 points for the team as the finished in 11th place with a record of 2-2.

The Lady Mustangs are back in action next Thursday as they travel to Derby for the Derby Invitational.



The Lady Mustang Tennis team won the Derby Quad on Thursday. Salina Central had a total of 25 team points followed by the host school, Derby with 18 points, Hutchinson with 13 points, and Dodge City with 4 points.

Senior Callie Sanborn came away with another Singles Championship. Sanborn finished the day 3-0 with victories over Foster of Hutchinson, Agpoon of Derby and Heath of Dodge City. Sanborn now owns a 12-1 record at the half way point of the regular season.

Freshman Janae Montoya also won her #2 Singles division with a 3-0 record. Montoya won over Railsback of Hutchinson, Weir-Dowd of Derby and Nguyen of Dodge City.

On the Doubles bracket, Senior Reagan Geihsler and Junior Mackenzie Nutter finished a strong second place at #1 Doubles. Their only loss on the day was to the eventual #1 Doubles Champion from Derby.

Senior teammates Emme Turpin and Kamee Robinson also took second place in their #2 Doubles division. Thier only loss was to Benson/Davis of Hutchinson in a tiebreaker, 7-8 (8).

The Lady Mustangs are back in action next Tuesday as they travel to Wichita Collegiate.



In Wichita, the Salina Central Lady Mustang Tennis team placed second behind team champion Wellington. Wellington scored 24 points, followed by Salina Central with 22, Wichita Kapaun with 18 and Wichita Collegiate with 17 points to round out the Top four finishers.

Callie Sanborn placed 3rd in #1 Singles with a 2-1 record. Teammate Kamee Robinson also finished third in #2 Singles also with a 2-1 record.

At #1 Doubles, Reagan Geihsler and partner Janae Montoya finished 4th at 1-2. The #2 Doubles team of Emme Turpin and Mackenzie Nutter went 3-0 to take first place in their division.



The Lady Mustang Tennis team were crowned Co-Champions of the Salina South Invitational on Thursday. Salina Central scored 58 points as did Salina South to take the top team honors. Sacred Heart was third with 49 points, Buhler had 34 and Maize had 30 points to round out the top five team totals.

Senior Callie Sanborn again led the way for the Lady Mustangs. Sanborn went 3-1 on the day and finished in second place after being defeated in the finals by Lily Perrin of Sacred Heart. Fellow senior Kamee Robinson finished the day 2-2 and a strong 7th place finish in the 16 player field.

The Doubles teams each made it to the 3rd place match to face each other. Senior Reagan Geihsler and Freshman Janae Montoya topped Senior Emme Turpin and Junior Mackenzie Nutter by a score of 8-3.

The ladies are back in action next Tuesday as they travel to Topeka for the all day meet hosted by Topeka West.



The Lady Mustang Tennis team came up just 4 points short of the Topeka West Invitational title. 6A power Manhattan nosed out Salina Central 82 to 78 points. The ten team field had Washburn Rural third with 76 points, Topeka Seaman fourth with 71 points, and Blue Valley West with 60 points to round out the top five teams.

The team had a second, third, fourth and eleventh place for the team totals. Senior Callie Sanborn went 5-1 on the day losing to only Jill Harkin of Manhattan in the Finals of Singles. Teammate, Senior Kamee Robinson finished at 3-3 and an eleventh place finish.

The Doubles teams were led by Senior Reagan Geihsler and Freshman Janae Montoya, 5-1 on the day. Their only loss was to Unruh/Sweeney of Topeka Seaman (the eventual meet Champions) in the Semi Finals 6-8. They went on to defeat teammates Senior Emme Turpin and Junior Mackenzie Nutter in the third place contest. Turpin and Nutter went 4-2 on the day.

The Lady Mustangs will return to action on Monday as they host the AVCTL Division II Championships on the Mustang home courts.



The final outcome may not have been what she had hoped for, but Callie Sanborn couldn’t complain.

Objectively, her 6-2, 3-6, 10-6 super tiebreaker loss to Andover’s Sarah Sinclair in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division II singles final had progress written all over it.

“I did feel pretty good about it,” Sanborn said after leading Salina Central to a third-place team finish Monday at the Central tennis courts. “At the beginning of the season I lost to (Sinclair), 2-7, so it shows how much I’ve improved.”

After dropping the first set to Sinclair, Sanborn got back into the match with her steady baseline approach of wearing down opponents and extending points by getting to every ball. Even after taking the second set and falling behind 6-2 in the tiebreaker, she rallied to 6-6 before Sinclair closed it out.

“In the second set I played much better,” Sanborn said. “I was getting frustrated myself at the start because she’s a very good player and she was making every shot, but then I calmed down and started playing my game and just keeping the ball in play.”

Sinclair, who led an Andover sweep of the singles and doubles titles as well as the team championship, said she tried not to let Sanborn dictate the tempo of the match.

“You’ve got to be aggressive and stay on top and not make unforced errors,” she said. “And you’ve got to paint the lines more.” I

t was the final singles match of the season for Sinclair, who will team with senior sister Emma in doubles in Saturday’s regional tournament.

“I want to play with my sister because it’s her senior season and it’s a lot of fun,” she said.

Emma Sinclair also was a league champion Monday, pairing with Annabelle Tantemsomboon to beat Arkansas City’s Eleana Messenger and Landry Biddle 6-2, 3-6, 10-3 for the doubles title.

“That last match against Ark City was really fun,” she said. “They’re really good.”

Tantemsomboon, who will transition to singles at regionals, was Emma Sinclair’s fifth different doubles partner this season. She has played three tournaments with her sister, winning two of them.

As for Sanborn, who will begin her postseason bid Saturday in the Maize regional at Maize South High School, she is looking forward to one last run.

“I feel really good about it,” she said. “I’ve played a lot of the competition that is going to our regional, so it should be a good day Saturday.”

The next-best finishes for Central in its first AVCTL Division II tournament came from Emme Turpin and Mackenzie Nutter, who took seventh in doubles, while Kamee Robinson finished eighth in singles. Reagan Geihsler and Janae Montoya dropped their first-round match but won their next three to finish ninth.

Andover handily won the team title with 49 points, followed by Andover Central with 36 and Salina Central with 30.



Callie Sanborn not only won the 5A Regional for the third straight year, she also joined the 100 Career Wins Club along the way. Callie never dropped a match on the day and finished the Championship match with a 6-3 6-3 win over Patty Huerta of McPherson. Her opening match of the day was against Selena Aguilar of Newton and she won that match 6-1 6-0 for the 100th win of her high school career.

Teammate Kamee Robinson was eliminated in her first round match against Patty Huerta the eventual Runner Up finisher in the 5A Regional. Robinson finished her senior season with an 11-13 record.

In Doubles competition, Reagan Geihsler and partner Janae Montoya qualified for State by going 3-1 on the day. The Duo won their elimination match against Cannup/Davenport of Maize in an exciting third set tiebreaker. The third place match was just as exciting as they defeated Dobson/Berger of McPherson, 6-4 3-6 6-1. The other Lady Mustang Doubles team, Emme Turpin and Mackenzie Nutter, lost a heartbreaking qualifying match to Cannup/Davenport of Maize 6-1 6-7 (5) 12-14. Turpin/Nutter ended their season with a 17-8 record.

As a team, Salina Central finished in third place with 8 points behind Regional Champion McPherson with 11 points and Salina South with 10 points. The Lady Mustangs travel to Andover next Friday for the 5A State Tournament.



In what was, needless to say, a bizarre Tennis season, the Lady Mustang Tennis team was able to compile enough points to finish 8th in the Team Standings with only 2 entries.

Salina Central was again led by senior Callie Sanborn, who finished her High School career with a total of 106 Varsity Wins. Sanborn finished the Covid Shortened State Tournament in 7th place matching her finish as a Sophomore. She finished 4th place last year as a Junior.

Sanborn played 5 matches over the two day event, winning 3 and losing only 2. Her wins were over Abigail Owens of St. Thomas Aquinas, Elise Schreiner of Topeka Seaman and Hallie Scott of De Soto.Sanborn lost to Paige Stranghoner of Wichita Carroll (the eventual 3rd place finisher) and Madison Fischer of Blue Valley Southwest.

The second entry for the Lady Mustangs at the State Tournament was the doubles team of senior Reagan Geihsler and freshman Janae Montoya. The doubles duo went 1-2 in the State Tournament. They lost to Taylor/Staley of St. James Academy and Messinger/Biddle of Arkansas City. The lone win was over Langfoss/Casmus of Leavenworth. The ladies fell one win short of being State medalists.

The State Championship Team title went to Wichita Carroll with 24 points, followed by Wichita Kapaun with 22 points and Andover High with a total of 16 points.


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