Full week of tennis action for Baldwin squad
It was a busy week for the Baldwin High School boys tennis team this past week. The team played on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at the Bonner Springs Singles and Doubles Tournament, and the Paola junior varsity Tournament.
At the singles tournament, junior Jeff Wagner played No. 1 singles. He lost to Lansing 8-1 and to Gardner-Edgerton 8-4. Sophomore Dennis Craig played No. 2 singles losing to Immaculate 8-5 and Paola 8-1.
"The weather was insane," coach Troy Webb said. "The wind was blowing so hard that everyone struggled to get the ball over the net. We probably shouldn't have even played."
The Bulldogs competed in the doubles tournament on Thursday with better weather. Sophomore Eric Jorgensen and sophomore Brent Schultz played No. 1 doubles and placed fifth. They lost to Blue Valley 8-2, beat Immaculate 8-3, and won over Leavenworth 9-7.
Junior Cory Venable and freshman Jeff Hill played No. 2 doubles finishing third. They beat Leavenworth 8-6, lost to Bonner Springs 8-5, and beat Gardner-Edgerton 8-4.
"It was a great day and the kids took advantage of it," Webb said. "Both teams came away with medals and, I think, some much needed confidence."
Saturday at Paola the team went out with game faces on. Junior Kenton Shuck played No. 1 singles going 0-4 for the day. Freshman Brad Ikenberry was No. 2 singles. Ikenberry went 2-1 and placed second.
The No. 1 doubles team, sophomore Nick Nelson and sophomore Scott Mitchell went 4-1 and won first. They beat Bonner Springs, Gardner-Edgerton, DeSoto and Paola. Their only loss was to Spring Hill 3-6.
Junior Chris Hirschmann and sophomore Peru Radnaabazar were the No. 2 doubles team. They went 3-2 for the day and finished third. They beat Bonner Springs, Spring Hill and DeSoto. Their losses were to Gardner-Edgerton and Paola.
"These guys came out and played hard. To say I was surprised with the results would be an understatement," Webb added. "They had one practice all week and came out and played great tennis."
Next up the Bulldogs will host the Baldwin Invitational Saturday starting at 9 a.m.