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MHS JV tennis wins at league meet

By The Mercury

The Manhattan High JV boys’ tennis team won the Centennial League meet, edging Emporia by three points for the team title at Hayden on Tuesday.

Manhattan scored 36 points, beating out second-place Emporia at 33 points. Rural was third with 32 points.

At No. 1 singles, freshman Abdul Naeem drew the No. 8 seed, but finished in third. He beat Junction City’s Bryan Gallego, 6-1, lost to Washburn Rural’s Jared Bray 6-5 (7-3), then beat Seaman’s Peter Latendresse, 6-2. He won the third-place match against Topeka High’s Toma Dimitriu, 6-2, to cap his day.

At No. 2 singles, junior Fawwaz Naeem took fifth place, beating Topeka West’s Christian Brown, 6-0, before dropping a match to Topeka High, 6-1. He played top-seeded Devon Wright from Washburn Rural, playing close but losing 6-3, before rounding out pool play with a 6-3 win over Hayden’s Estafan Valdivia. His day ended with a win over Emporia’s Braden Kuzmaul, 6-4.

At No. 1 doubles, sophomores Carter Nelson and Bryan Armbrust finished pool play at 4-0, defeating teams from Junction City (6-1), Topeka West (6-0), Topeka High (6-1) and Washburn Rural (6-1), before landing in the championship match against Seaman.

The pair lost the first four games of the match, but rallied to win 6-5 (7-3) to take first place.

At No. 2 doubles, sophomores Jacob Richards and Kevin Harper had the longest day of any Manhattan players, playing the most games but still finding a way to take first place. The duo had pool play wins over Highland Park (6-0), Topeka High (6-5 (7-3)), Junction City (6-4) and Washburn Rural (6-5, (7-3)) to set up a finals match against Emporia.

Harper and Richards took care of business in the final, beating Emporia 6-0 to help secure the JV team title.

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