Tennis team encounters deer en route to tournament
Early Saturday morning, the Baldwin High School varsity tennis team was making their way to a tournament in Marysville, as an eight-point buck was making his way across the road just north of Topeka. Coach and driver Laura Beaulieu hit him head on, 60 miles per hour at about 6 a.m., totaling the school suburban. Thanks to the school district's excellent transportation department, the girls only ended up being about 20 minutes late. "There was a lot of initial excitement, and it was great of our transportation department to help us out and get us there," Beaulieu said. The day didn't improve much after. The No. 1 doubles team of seniors Kristen Ferris and Katie Beall lost a tiebreaker to Marysville, lost 6-8 to Free State and lost to DeSoto, 3-8. The No. 2 doubles team of seniors Rose Garrison and Morgan Grissum lost 6-8 to Marysville, 2-8 to DeSoto and won against Free State in a tiebreaker.
Singles standout junior Mary Clippinger lost in a tiebreaker to Marysville, won a tiebreaker versus DeSoto and finished off with a win for a third-place finish in the finals match against Topeka West. On Sept. 1, the varsity had success at the triangular at Hayden. Senior Andrea Hamilton played No. 1 singles and won against Hayden. Clippinger played No. 2 singles winning against both Hayden and Sabetha.
Beall and Ferris played No. 1 doubles and won both matches, while No. 2 doubles seniors Garrison and Grissum came close, winning a tiebreaker, and losing one. "I thought we did well," Clippinger said. "Morgan, Rose, Katie and Kristen worked really hard together."
"It was a great learning experience for Kristen and I," said Beall. "We won with our brains."
The top ten junior varsity players traveled to Marysville for a tournament Saturday and placed second as a team. They won two out of four doubles matches and four out of eight singles matches.
Juniors Gen Busby and Holly Ralston placed first for No.1 doubles.
"We played awesome together," Ralston said.
Juniors Emily Krysztof and Bree Romstedt proceeded to get first place in No. 2 doubles. Sophomore Kayla Knoll won first place in No. 1 singles. Junior April Robbs got second place in No. 2 singles. The junior varsity played Tuesday at the high school against Alma-Wabaunsee, while the varsity hosted the Baldwin Invitational Wednesday. Results from the two meets weren't available at press time.