BHS tennis qualifies three for state
The Baldwin High School boys tennis team competed at regionals Monday at the BHS courts and three of its members advanced to the state tournament this weekend in Topeka.
The teams present Monday were Atchison, DeSoto, Fort Scott, Hiawatha, Iola, Kansas City-Sumner, Lansing, Spring Hill and Topeka Hayden.
In the No. 1 singles slot, junior Chris Irick went 3-1, taking third place and advancing to the state tournament.
Irick's only loss of the day was to Justin Sheehy, the second-place finisher at state last year.
Junior Ben Knoll filled the No. 2 singles position and finished 1-1.
"For the second year in a row, Ben finished off a great year by narrowly missing out on the state qualification," said Baldwin coach Troy Webb.
Senior Jeff Hill and junior Dusty Schultz took second place after finishing 3-1 in the No. 1 doubles. Hill and Schultz also qualified for state.
"They played really well until the finals," said Webb. "They just couldn't get anything going right for them in their last match."
Senior Brad Ikenberry and freshman Nathan Dick went 1-1 in the No. 2 doubles position.
The state tournament will be held at Topeka Hayden on Friday and Saturday. The matches start at noon on Friday.
The Baldwin Invitational Tournament was held on May 11 after being rained out on April 24. The teams in the tournament were Neodesha, Iola, DeSoto, Ottawa, Paola, Independence and Gardner-Edgerton. In the No. 1 singles, Irick went 5-0 taking first place. "Chris is peaking at the right time," said Webb. "He is being very aggressive and taking over matches."
In the No. 2 singles slot was Knoll, who also placed first, going 5-0.
Filling the No. 1 doubles position, Hill and Shultz went 4-1 taking second place, losing in the finals 8-2 to a team from Independence.
Ikenberry and Dick went 4-1 taking third place.
BHS finished first as a team.