Bulldog tennis takes seventh at state
With a seventh-place finish in singles and an 11th-place showing in doubles, the Baldwin High School tennis team finished seventh overall in the Class 4A State Tennis Tournament Friday and Saturday in Topeka.
BHS junior Chris Irick went 3-2 to finish seventh in singles play. He had a 6-4, 6-2 win over the Concordia entry, a 9-4 victory over Wichita Collegiate and a 9-3 win over his final opponent. His losses were 6-3, 6-4 to Andover and 9-8 to Independence.
"Chris played very well on Friday with his only loss coming to the eventual state champion," said coach Troy Webb. "On Saturday, he started off slow, but finished strong to win seventh place for the second year in a row.
"I am excited about the way Chris has matured over the past three years," said Webb.
In doubles play, senior Jeff Hill and junior Dusty Schultz went 1-3 for 11th. Their victory came 9-8 over Colby. Losses were 6-3, 4-6, 2-6 to Marysville, 9-7 to Fort Scott and 9-3 to Smokey Valley.
"There were a lot of good doubles teams in the tournament this year," he said. "They probably should have won a couple more matches, but the ball just didn't bounce their way all tournament.
"Jeff is going to be a big loss to our team," said Webb. "He worked harder at his game and cared more about improving than anyone that I ever had. He will leave a big hole to fill."
Topeka Hayden won the tournament, followed by Andover, Wichita Collegiate, Independence, Parsons, Wellington and BHS.
Already, Webb is looking toward next year.
"I am excited about the team that we have returning next year," he said. "Even though we have three spots to fill on varsity, I fully expect us to come back with a strong team."