Hesston doubles teams reach semis as team finishes third
WICHITA — The Hesston High School boys’ tennis team had both of its doubles entries reach the third-place match, leading the Swathers to a third-place team finish Friday and Saturday at the Class 3-2-1A state meet Friday at the Wulz Riverside Tennis Center in Wichita.
Wichita Collegiate retained its title with 46 points. Kansas City Christian was second at 34. Hesston was third at 23.
“What a two days we had,” Hesston coach Mark Dahlsten said. “We had three rain delays and our kids handled those terrifically to play very good tennis. I am very pleased to have brought home a trophy as the kids worked so hard this season, and to see that hard work pay off in a third-place finish is great. We will miss our seniors, but we will be ready when the next spring rolls around as we had great depth this season.”
The team of Cole Deutschendorf and Micah Dahlsten won their first two matches. In the semifinals, Deutschendorf and Dahlsten fell to Owen VanderArk and James VanderArk of Kansas City Christian 6-2, 6-3. Deutschendorf and Dahlsten downed teammates Ben Bollinger and Andrew Schmidt 6-2, 6-1 in the fifth-place match.
The team of Bollinger and Schmidt fell to Luke Swan and Charlie Dunne of Wichita Collegiate in the semifinals 6-0, 6-2.
Deutschendorf and Dahlsten end the season 31-5. Bollinger and Schmidt end the season 20-12.
“Cole and Micah had a solid tournament and were pretty clearly the third-best doubles team in the field,” Mark Dahlsten said. “The VamderArks are really good. One is the defending singles champ, and we played them pretty tough.
“Ben and Andrew had a great tournament. They have really come on at the end of the season to play their best tennis. They took advantage of a good draw, and to finish fourth is a fantastic accomplishment.”
In singles play, Trevor Gamble finished 0-2, ending the season 16-11.
“Trevor played two nice players who both ended up finishing in the top 12,” Mark Dahlsten said. “He was able to play some great points in both matches, but couldn’t quite win some big points. Trevor had a very good year, and we look forward to his senior year next year.”
Hesston loses three of its top six to graduation.
Class 3-2-1A State Boys’ Tennis
Friday at Wulz Riverside TC
Team scores — Wichita Collegiate 46, Kansas City Christian 34, Hesston 23, Wichita Trinity Academy 17, Rossville 16, Classical School of Wichita 14, Smoky Valley 13, Hutchinson Trinity 12, Central Plains 12, Sterling 8, Conway Springs 7, Maranatha Christian Academy 7, Marysville 6, Ellsworth 4, Meade 2, Hoisington 1, Scott Community 1, Trego Community 1, Ellinwood 1, Colby 1, Columbus 0, Douglass 0.
Trevor Gamble (0-2, 16-13) — 1. L Max Kice, Classical School of Wichita 6-1 6-1; L Ian Garis, Kansas City Christian 9-3.
3. Cole Deutschendorf-Micah Dahlsten, Hesston (3-1, 31-5): 1. bye; 2. W O’Neil-Wassom, Maryville 6-0, 6-1; QF. W Chouinard-Branam, Classical School of Wichita 6-3, 6-2; SF. L O.VanderArk-J.VanderArk, Kansas City Christian 6-2, 6-3; Third place: W Bollinger-Schmdt, Hesston 6-2, 6-1.
4. Ben Bollinger-Andrew Schmidt, Hesston (2-2, 20-12): 1. bye; 2. W Newman-Buresch, Kansas City Christian 6-3, 6-2; QF. W Goodman-Robinette, Maranatha Academy 6-1, 6-1; SF. L Swan-Dunne, Wichita Collegiate 6-0, 6-2; Third place: L Deutschendorf-Micah Dahlsten, Hesston 6-2, 6-1.
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