BHS tennis shows promise
Special to the Signal
The Baldwin High School tennis team opened up its season with a tournament at Mill Valley Wednesday.
In No. 1 singles, junior Chris Irick finished in second place with a record of 5-2. Irick lost his first match of the day 3-8 but then won the next five, 8-0, 8-2, 8-6, 8-1, 8-1, before losing 1-8 to McManus of Topeka Hayden, Class 4A state champion last year.
"I feel we did well for the first meet of the year against some very tough opponents," said Irick. "Overall, it was a great start."
Junior Ben Knoll was playing as the No. 2 single. Knoll got better and better as the day progressed. Knoll won his first six matches 8-4, 8-6, 8-1, 8-1, and 8-0 before losing to Sheehy of Topeka Hayden 2-8.
"We did all right for the first meet of the season," said Knoll. "We will dominate the rest of the year."
Senior Jeff Hill and junior Dusty Schultz filled the slot of the No. 1 doubles, finishing with a record of 5-2 and in second place. In the No. 2 doubles slot were seniors Brad Ikenberry and Edd Stansberry. These were the first real varsity matches for the pair. After winning their first two matches, they finished with a record of 2-3.
As a team, the squad finished in second behind Topeka Hayden and in front of Maranatha.
"It was a great way for us to start," said coach Troy Webb. "It was a long day for us (12 hours to be exact), but the guys stuck in there and fought hard in every match."
Next up was a varsity quad at home on Wednesday and a junior varsity quad at home on Thursday at 3 p.m. Results from the Wednesday quad weren't available before press time.