Hallowell, Seaton qualify for state

By Joel Jellison

The only time Jake Seaton lost a match at Friday’s regional tennis meet at Kossover in Topeka, was when he ran to his teammate.

Manhattan senior Kenton Hallowell went 4-0 in the singles bracket to win the regional title and secure his spot as one of the top four seeds at the Class 6A state tournament this Friday and Saturday in Wichita.

Seaton finished third with a loss to Hallowell in the semifinals, earning his spot to compete in Wichita as well.

The Indians took second as a team to Washburn Rural, failing to get any of their doubles teams to the next week’s tournament.

Riley Ratliff and Dustin Hayes went 1-2 in the doubles bracket, while Sam Hong and Claib Harris lost their first round match, ending their day at the tournament with one match.

It will be the fourth consecutive state tournament appearance for Hallowell, who played doubles his first three state appearances. Seaton will be making his third straight appearance, having played in singles as a freshman and doubles as a sophomore alongside Hallowell.

The Indians finished sixth at the Centennial League meet earlier in the week, while Washburn Rural won its 17th consecutive boys’ tennis league title.

While the MHS singles players found success against the Junior Blues in Friday’s meet, Washburn Rural qualified its entire team for the state tournament.

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