MHS tennis competes at Emporia quad

By Joel Jellison

Originally, the Manhattan High boys’ tennis team expected to be heading to Emporia for a quad on Tuesday.

But instead, the Indians got in invitational, with all players seeded into a sixteen entry bracket that saw the singles players and doubles players squaring off before the day was over.

Kenton Hallowell won the singles bracket, winning all four of his matches and defeating a player from McPherson in the finals, 8-0.

Jake Seaton ended up finishing third with a 3-1 record, with his only loss coming in the semi-finals against Hallowell. Seaton beat a player from Washburn Rural in the third-place match, 8-2.

“Overall, the singles went well,” MHS coach Chuck Kipp said. “I think if the seeding was accurate Jake and Kenton should have met in the finals, but both players performed very well.”

The doubles pair of Claib Harris and Jesse Crawford finished in 11th, beating the other Manhattan pair, Riley Ratliff and Sam Hong, in a tiebreaker in their final match of the day. Ratliff and Hong finished in 12th.

Kipp said the doubles teams remain a work in progress as they head into Monday’s Centennial League Tournament in Topeka. The Indians will play in the regional tournament on May 4.

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