Glover headed to state
The Baldwin High School Bulldog tennis team traveled to Topeka Hayden on Monday, and came away with the regional championship.
"It was really unexpected, we're really excited," coach Troy Webb said. "This is the first regional championship since 1997."
Senior Blake Glover was the team's only state qualifier, and he will compete in the Class 4A State Championship tournament this weekend. Glover continued his dominance, losing only one game. By winning the singles championship, Glover continued his undefeated record.
Senior Adam Guss, 4A State qualifier a year ago, lost 6-0, 6-0 in his second round match.
"His opponent (Richards) played his best all year. Guss was really disappointed," Webb said.
In No. 1 doubles, seniors Jared Poplin and Lucas Johnson went 1-1, winning 7-5, 6-2 and losing 6-0, 6-2.
Johnson and Poplin had an easy, uncomplicated plan heading into the tournament.
"We kept it simple and we kept it real," Johnson said. "We kept it real simple."
Sophomores Hans Broers and Corey Venable represented the Bulldogs in No. 2 doubles, losing their first round match, 6-2, 6-2.
Webb was pleased with the team improvement throughout the season.
"The season went well. They really began to take off after we got our doubles teams paired up," Webb said. "The JV played a lot better towards the end of year. Not having Glover next year will hurt, but I feel we still will be competitive."