MHS tennis takes sixth at league

By Joel Jellison

Kenton Hallowell almost took the Centennial League singles title on Monday.

The MHS boys’ tennis senior entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed and went 5-0 to reach the tournament final before falling to Hayden sophomore Blake Hunter, 8-4.

The Indians as a team took sixth place with 49 points, while Washburn Rural was first with 80. Seaman had 68 for second, and Topeka West was third with 68.

MHS coach Chuck Kipp said it was a disappointing finish for the team, but Hallowell’s performance was excellent.

Jake Seaton went 3-2 to finish ninth, but took a tough loss to an opponent from Washburn Rural that kept him from playing for fifth place.

The doubles team of Riley Ratliff and Dustin Hayes were seeded seventh and finished 14th, while the grouping of JT Turnley and Sam Hong, seeded 13th, finished 17th.

“Overall, the performances were not what we hoped, but the players have made efforts and improved over the season,” Kipp said.

The Indians will head back to Topeka on Friday for regional competition at Kossover Tennis Complex. The state tournament will be held the following Friday.

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