HESSTON —Central Plains doubles Brett Liebl and Devin Ryan captured the Hesston 3-1A tennis regional Friday to help the Oilers in the regional with 14 points.
The No. 1 seeded Liebl and Ryan (23-0) downed Smoky Valley’s Matt Lucas-Jake Lucas 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 in the championship match. Liebl and Ryan maintain a remarkable unbeaten streak. They played on an unbeaten 13-0 Eight-Man I football state champion and led the Oilers to a 27-0 Class 1A state basketball championship.
Ryan teamed with Paxton Hammeke to finish second in 3A doubles last year. Liebl placed third in 3A doubles with Kade Beck, who graduated last year.
Central Plains Oilers Paxton Hammeke and Lawson Oeser (19-4) finished fourth in doubles with a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Hesston’s Isaac Decker-Jeb Carlson.
Oiler J.J. Heredia (21-9) finished fifth in singles with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Hesston’s Cole Deutschendorf.
"We qualified three entries out of a very competitive regional," said Central Plains coach Gary Bittner. "We hope that momentum will carry into next weekend. I was very proud of my team."
The Oilers have finished as 3-1A state runner-up the past two years after winning the 2016 team title.
Sterling’s William Weiner, last year’s fourth-place state finisher, defeated Hesston’s Logan Gamble, last year’s sixth-place state finisher, for the singles championship. Hesston (14) edged Sterling (14) for second place on percentage of games won.
The 3-1A state tournament is played May 10-11 at Prairie Village.
3A HESSTON SINGLES
HESSTON 3A REGIONAL
1—Central Plains 14
2—Hesston 13 (.619)
3—Sterling 13 (.617)
4—Smoky Valley 10
5—Hutchinson Trinity 4
6—Ellinwood 2, Salina Sacred Heart 2
1—William Weiner, Sterling def. Logan Gamble, Hesston, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
3—Rhain Issac, Sterling def. Tristan Harcrow, Hutchinson Trinity, 7-5, 6-0
5—JJ Heredia, Central Plains def. Cole Deutschendorf, Hesston, 6-3, 6-2
RECORDS—Weiner 24-4, Gamble 28-5; Isaac 19-7, Harcrow 14-5; Heredia 21-9, Deutschendorf 11-10
Gamble, Hesston def. Issac, Sterling, 6-0, 6-0
Weiner, Sterling def. Harcrow, HT, 6-1, 6-3
Gamble def. Landon Robl, Ellinwood, 6-0, 6-0
Issac, Sterling def. Heredia, CP, 6-0, 6-0
Weiner, Sterling def. Cade Schneider, SV, 6-0, 6-0
Harcrow, HT def. Deutschendorf, Hesston, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2
Heredia, CP def. Robl, Ellinwood, 6-1, 6-3
Deutschendorf, Hesston def. Schneider, SV, 6-3, 6-0
Gamble def. Calvin Hemmer, Salina Sacred Heart, 9-0
Robl, Ellinwood def. Ethan Plenart, Hillsboro, 9-0
Heredia def. Henry Hein, Hillsboro, 9-0
Issac def. Robl, 9-0
Weiner def. Jack Yates, Hutchinson Trinity, 9-0
Schneider def. Casey Perrin, Salina Sacred Heart, 9-1
Harcrow def. Carson Byers, Smoky Valley, 9-0
Deutschendorf def. Karter Beck, Central Plains, 9-0
3A HESSTON DOUBLES
1—Brett Liebl-Devin Ryan, Central Plains def. Matt Lucas-Jake Lucas, Smoky Valley, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
3—Isaac Decker-Jeb Carlson, Hesston def. Paxton Hammeke-Lawson Oeser, Central Plains, 6-2, 6-3
5—Brumbaugh-Rauchholz, Smoky Valley def. Charlie Skidmore-Trace Leners, Salina Sacred Heart, 6-0, 6-3
RECORDS—Liebl-Ryan, CP, 23-0; Lucas-Lucas, SV, 22-3; Decker-Carlson, Hesston, 15-11; Hammeke, Oeser, CP, 19-4; Brumbaugh-Rauchholz, SV, 12-3 Skidmore-Leners, SSH, 18-7
Liebl-Ryan, CP def. Decker-Carlson, Hesston, 6-0, 6-0
Lucas-Lucas, SV def. Hammeke-Oeser, CP, 6-0, 6-1
Liebl-Ryan, CP def. Brook Degenhardt-Caleb Bookout, Ellinwood, 6-0, 6-0
Decker-Carlson, Hesston def. Brumbaugh-Rauchholz, SV, 6-4, 5-6 (10-8)
Lucas-Lucas, SV def. Brett Riffel-Ryan Birzer, Sterling, 6-0, 6-0
Hammeke-Oeser, CP def. Skidmore-Leners, SSH, 6-4, 6-4
Brumbaugh-Rauchholz, SV def. Degenhardt-Bookout, Ellinwood, 6-1, 6-2
Skidmore-Leners, SSH def. Riffel-Birzer, Sterling, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Degenhardt-Bookout, Ellinwood def. Connor Harcrow-Braden Miller, Hutchinson Trinity, 9-2
Brumbaugh-Rauchholz, SV def. Kobe Douglas-Andrew Mosher, Sacred Heart, 9-0
Decker-Carlson, Hesston def. Nathan Ringwald-Shawn Weber, Ellinwood, 9-0
Lucas-Jake Lucas, SV def. Bryce Rader-Josiah Jost, Hillsboro, 9-0
Brett Riffel-Ryan Birzer, Sterling def. Noah Bartel-Aidan Unruh, Hillsboro, 9-0
Hammeke-Oeser, CP Plains def. Tucker Robson-Cooper Gaylon, Sterling, 9-3
Skidmore-Leners, SSH def. Ethan Moran-Ben Bollinger, Hesston, 9-5