BHS boys’ tennis competes well at BIT
The Baldwin High School tennis team was very pleased with its finishes last week at the Bonner Springs Tournament and the Baldwin Invitational Tournament.
“I thought we competed very well as a team,” coach Justin Hoffman said.
On April 13, singles’ players Chris Schrapel and Levi Moore each placed. Schrapel placed second and Moore was third.
“I thought I did OK for it being my first singles match of the season,” Moore said. “Playing Konetzni was a good challenge for me since he’s rated so highly in the state. So, I was happy that was my only loss.”
Moore also placed fourth in singles at the BIT.
According to Hoffman, the doubles teams have been struggling.
“They did not compete very well or play very aggressively,” he said. “From what I saw, our intensity level was down and we were having trouble getting into the match mentally.”
Hoffman is looking forward to the varsity squad’s upcoming matches, but is also frustrated with how the practice schedule has been. Hoffman is the only tennis coach, so when the varsity is playing, the junior varsity is not able to practice and vice versa. Due to budget constraints, an assistant coach wasn’t able to be hired.
“I am looking at completely different playing arrangements to get us to a good competitive level,” Hoffman said. “However, we are not able to practice very often due to circumstances being what they are, and it will be difficult to get the boys where they need to be in time.”