Indians win home tennis quad

By Joel Jellison

In its only meet of the season, the Manhattan High boys’ tennis team won 11-of-12 matches in a quadrangular on Tuesday at City Park.

No. 1-single player Kenton Hallowell opened the day with a win over Marysville’s Garrison Wright, 8-1. Hallowell’s second match was scheduled to be against Highland Park, and he won the match by default due to an injury.

Hallowell ended his day with an 8-1 win over Junction City’s Alex Felts.

Jake Seaton competed in the No. 2-singles spot, opening with an 8-0 win over Marysville’s Tony Hooyer.

Seaton beat Highland Park’s Kyle Garcia 8-0 in his second match, and finished up the day perfect with an 8-0 win over Junction City’s Kyle Hand.

MHS coach Chuck Kipp said the singles players are looking good at this point of the season.

“I think we are very solid in singles,” he said. “Kenton will do really well in Centennial (League) and regionals, and his seed will be high. And Jake will be in a good position to have success in both with his seeding.”

Dustin Hayes and Riley Ratliff competed in No. 1 doubles, opening the day with an 8-4 win over Marysville’s Tanner Wright and Kaleb Koerperich.

Hayes and Ratliff beat Highland Park’s Robert Frison and Eduardo Sanchez 8-1 in their second match, and beat Junction City’s Max Stuckey and Marcus King 8-1 to finish the day.

The No. 2 doubles spots were taken by JT Turnley and Sam Hong on Tuesday, and they opened with a 5-8 loss to Marysville’s Joe and Tommy McNish.

Turnley and Hong won their second match against Highland Park’s Isaiah Moreno and Christian Oduardo, 8-0. They finished the day with an 8-4 win over Junction City’s Peter Jang and Grant Whaley.

Kipp said they are still looking to solidify their doubles teams before league, but they are fast improving.

“If we can find that combination in No. 1 doubles then we will have a really good shot at winning the Centennial title,” he said. “It’s good that they are all about equal level, and if we can get them to improve then we will have a No. 2 team that could be really successful, and that will really help us.”

The Indians will be off until April 18 when they travel to Seaman for a dual. Kipp said they will change things up for that meet.

“We will kind of mix up the lineup for that one and Kenton won’t play because you can only play in eight meets leading up to Centennial League,” he said. “But Jake will compete and look to improve his seed before we get to the league meet.”

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