BHS tennis team places at state
Coming off their sweep of regionals, the Baldwin High School Bulldog girls tennis team was almost ready for state. First though the girls had to practice, three more times to be exact. The last of the three being in Wichita.
After that Thursday practice of fine tuning, the girls woke up early and headed to Pratt for the Class 4A State Tennis Championship. In store was two days of tough tennis.
As the first matches were being called, singles players sophomore Kalie Harris and senior Sarah Beaulieu were two of the first to play. Harris barely lost her first two matches playing very strong. Beaulieu lost her first match to the girl who ended up winning the singles championship, and in her second match lost again. Both players were eliminated.
During all this, the Baldwin High doubles teams of junior Holly Oakleaf and senior Colleen Kivett and the team of junior Carrissa Venable and sophomore Jamie Lawrenz were playing as well. Oakleaf and Kivett won their first match of the tournament, but lost in the second round. Venable and Lawrenz repeated the performance of Oakleaf and Kivett. The doubles teams won a pair of matches of the back side of the bracket. Oakleaf and Kivett lost their match for fifth place to finish sixth overall. Venable and Lawrenz fell in their match for seventh place to end up eighth.
It wrapped up another successful season for BHS.
"What a great season we have had," said coach Ginny Honomichl. "This state tournament in both the singles and doubles brackets was as evenly matched talent-wise as I've seen in many years. There were no absolute heavy favorites.
"All the matches were close," said Honomichl. "Both our doubles' entries competed well just didn't win their last matches. We will miss the contributions that our seniors, Colleen and Sarah, have made to this year's squad."