Archive for Thursday, April 21, 2011

BHS boys tennis squad playing well

April 21, 2011

With just two weeks left until the Class 4A regional tournament, the Baldwin High School boys tennis team is working to improve every day.

The Bulldogs hosted the Baldwin Invitational Tournament on Saturday and came away with a few top finishes. Tucker Brown and Ian Dunn finished fourth and fifth in the singles competition.

“We had a pretty strong showing out of our singles guys,” coach Justin Hoffman said. “They singles were all combined. They both played well overall.”

In the doubles competition, Tim Larson and McKinley Dick teamed up and placed third out of 14 teams. John Robbs and Matt Cherry were the Bulldogs other doubles team and they finished ninth.

“That’s as well as we have done recently,” Hoffman said. “The guys are playing really well. I’m pretty encouraged to see us moving right along.”

On Monday, the BHS junior varsity team competed at Spring Hill. Zac Leeker led the way by going 3-0 in singles action.

“Zac Leeker played really well,” Hoffman said. “He is coming along and improving as the season goes along.”

The varsity squad played at Bonner Springs last week with the singles playing one day and the doubles playing two days later.

“It was a little bit different,” Hoffman said. “I changed my lineups around, so it was a bit different from the other tournaments we’ve competed in this year.”

Larson and Dick finished third as a doubles team, despite a slow start to their day last Thursday.

“They started the day really bad,” Hoffman said. “They finished really strong and finished third, which surprised me after the way they started.”

Brown and Robbs were the Bulldogs other doubles team. They finished second as a team.

“They dominated everyone until they got to their last match,” Hoffman said. “Then they didn’t play very well.”

The Bulldogs will compete at the Frontier League tournament Tuesday at Spring Hill. The regional tournament is May 5 in Topeka.

“We’re playing where we want to right now,” Hoffman said. “Looking at the region, we should have a pretty good chance of getting three or all four entries to state.”

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