Tennis teams medal at state
Baldwin High School's action-packed doubles team slammed into Topeka and came home with a third-place medals over the weekend at the Class 4A State tennis meet. Senior Suzie Weege and sophomore Holly Oakleaf battled through a rainstorm and rain postponement and ended their season with an impressive 31-4 record.
Their performance, coupled with the eighth-place finish by junior Colleen Kivett and sophomore Carissa Venable, helped the Bulldogs bring home a third-place team trophy. Kivett and Venable finished with a 28-10 record.
"What a great way to end a very rewarding tennis season," said coach Ginny Honomichl. "Placing third in the state as a team and medaling both of our doubles team in the top eight in the entire Class 4A division.
"Congratulations go to Suzie and Holly for an outstanding season losing only four matches the entire year while compiling over 30 wins," said Honomichl. "They have been a fun doubles team to watch compete. A special congrats goes to Holly for her second top four finish in her first two years of high school."
Weege was also pleased with the third-place finish.
"Considering I lost my first two matches last year and I got third place this weekend, I suppose that I have improved," said Weege.
Weege and Oakleaf defeated Liz Stohs and Michelle McCormick of Marysville 6-2, 6-3, in the third-place match. They finished with a 3-1 record for the tournament. Their only loss was to the No. 1 seeded team of Courtney Bruna and Patty Keating (6-4, 4-6, 3-6) in the semifinals. They also beat Kiley Hall and Catherine Dikeman of Larned (6-4, 2-6, 6-2) and Alyssa Wann and Betsy Clark of Lindsborg (6-0, 6-1).
Oakleaf earned her second state medal as she was a part of the Class 4A State championships doubles team last year as a freshman.
Honomichl was also pleased with the finish by Kivett and Venable. They lost their first match to Ulysses' No. 2 seeded team, before taking victories over the Abilene team (9-5) and the Lindsborg team (9-6). They then lost to a pair of Parsons teams to wrap up the eighth-place finish.
"Colleen and Carissa are also to be congratulated for their top eight finish in the state," said Honomichl. This is our No. 2 team competing against most other teams' No. 1 doubles teams. These two have developed into a very competitive doubles team over the season."
The Bulldogs' 17 team points in the team standings finished behind Marysville (40) and Parsons (26). BHS narrowly squeezed past Labette County and Ulysses, which both finished with 16 team points. Other scores were: Scott City, 14; Larned, 13; Kingman, 10; Smoky Valley and Pratt, seven; Fredonia, four; Lansing and Clay Center, one; Concordia, Lyons, Topeka Hayden and Abilene, 0.
The competition was hosted by Topeka Hayden High School. After playing the opening day action on Friday, Saturday's play was postponed because of weather. The tournament concluded on Sunday.
Honomichl was pleased with how the season went and finished.
"I want to thank all of those who followed us and supported us throughout this tennis season. We really appreciated it," she said. "As the head coach, I'm proud of our entire tennis team for their efforts and accomplishments this 2000 season. After a few days off, I'm sure I'll be thinking about and looking forward to next season."