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Girls tennis teams start regional action
Ella McNett
Larned's No. 2 singles Ella McNett placed first at the Larned Tennis Invitational. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO Janet Fleske

Area teams head to tennis regionals

Central Kansas League runner-up Larned and Central Plains headline area tennis teams competing for state berths. The top six singles and doubles finishers qualify for the state tournament.

Great Bend competes Saturday at Salina Central featuring Kaylin Wahlmeier (13-11), Lakyn Smith (11-11), Samantha Mayers/Taylor Lashley (14-11) and Clarice Snapp/Mackenzie LaViolette (3-6).

Larned and St. John travel Friday to Goodland, which hit a high temperature of 49 degrees. Central Plains, Hoisington and Ellinwood compete at WaKeeney.

Larned’s Ella McNett (27-0) won No. 2 singles at the CKL tournament with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Smoky Valley’s Kelsee Adam. Larned’s No. 1 singles Abigail Holt (19-4) lost 2-6, 6-1, (10-4) in a championship tiebreaker against Smoky Valley’s Magdalena Rauchholz. 

Larned’s No. 1 doubles Sarah Manry/Reese Watkins (14-9) placed fourth.

Central Plains Oiler Kyla Metro (26-1) has lost one match to Smoky Valley’s Lena Rauchholz 8-6.

Hoisington’s No. 2 doubles Rayna Bray/Lauren Higgins pulled the surprise of the CKL tournament with a 6-1, 3-6 (10-8) tiebreaker victory over Larned’s No. 1 seed Arianna Hemken/Breanna Hemken (23-5), who placed fourth.


3-1A GOODLAND 10-7/8—Ashland, Cimarron, Kiowa County, Kingman, Larned (Ella McNett 27-0; Abigail Holt 19-4; Sarah Manry/Reese Watkins 14-9; Ariana Hemken/Breanna Hemken 23-5); Meade, St. John (Cora Martin 5-7; Blair Doggett/Addi Ward 3-4; Evelyn Lopez/Ward 4-2; Brooke McKiearnan/Melea Hearn 4-5), Sterling, Tribune Greeley County

SINGLES QUARTERFINALS—Ella McNett, Larned (28-0) vs. Karlyn Woelk, Greeley County (14-9); Abby Holt, Larned (20-4) vs. Cylie LaTourell, Sterling (18-8)

SECOND ROUND—McNett def. Kiara Linn, Goodland, 6-0, 6-0; Cheslie Brown, Sterling def. Brooke McKiearnan, St. John, 6-0, 6-0; LaTourell def. Cora Martin, St. John, 6-0, 6-0; Holt def. Hayden Napierala, So. Central, 6-0, 6-0 

DOUBLES QUARTERFINALS—Sarah Manry/Reese Watkins, Larned (15-9) vs. Ella Wellman/Sunny Carder, Sterling (7-1); Kate Rowland/Karissa Wilson, Sterling (22-3) vs. Arianna Hemken/Breanna Hemken, Larned (24-5) 

SECOND ROUND—Manry/Watkins def. Phoebe Nachtigal/Sofia Garza, Goodland, 6-0, 6-0;  Hemken/Hemken def. Zoey Jantz/Paslie Werth, Cimarron, 1-6, 6-4 (10-7) 

PLAY-IN—McKenzie Schoenhofer/Cassiday Kennedy, Kingman def. Evelyn Lopez/Melea Hearn, St. John, 9-5; Val Weninger/Norah Youngers, Kingman def. Addi Ward/Blair Doggett, St. John, 9-4

3-1A WAKEENEY 10-7/8—Beloit, Central Plains (Kyla Metro 26-1; Lauren Oeser 7-1; Ashlyn Armstrong/Ryann Metro 19-9; Grace Lamatsch/Elizeia Knapp-Blehm 17-12); Ellinwood (Kiley Troyer 4-12; Ava Thill 3-6; Kiley Stevenson/Madisyn Schlochtermeier 11-12; Mahra Johnston/Grace Sturtz 6-1; Thill/Troyer 4-3; Thill/Johnston 4-3);  Ellsworth, Hoisington (Emma Willesden 4-9; Hailey Petersilie 9-11; Rayna Bray/Lauren Higgins 13-13; Claire Crutcher/Reese Merlau 3-4; Merlau/Willesden 5-9); Lyons, Norton, Osborne, Phillipsburg, Russell, Victoria, WaKeeney-Trego

SINGLES SECOND ROUND—Kyla Metro, CP def. Ava Thill, Ellinwood;  Ashlyn Knight, Beloit def. Kiley Troyer. Ellinwood; Alivia Solida, Phillipsburg def. Hailey Petersilie, Hoisington; Emma Willesden, Hoisington vs. Bekah Vogue 

PLAY-IN—Thill def. Hannah Krug, Russell, 9-3; Troyer def. Ashlynn Cramer, Trego,; Petersilie def. Jade Nix, Trego, 9-0

DOUBLES PLAY-IN—Claire Crutcher/Reese Merlau, Hoisington def. Sjhely Johnston/Kendal Webb, Lyons; Avery Daubert/Darcy Draper, Trego def. Kiley Stevenson/Madisyn Schlochtermeier, Ellinwood

SECOND ROUND—Ashlyn Armstrong/Ryann Metro, CP vs. Chloe Odle/Sydney Thompson, Beloit; Grace Lamatsch/Elizeia Knapp-Blehm, CP vs. Sami Couch/Emma Salyers, Ellsworth; Kya O'Banion/Anna Salsam, Trego vs. Rayna Bray/Lauren Higgins, Hoisington  

5A SALINA 10-8c—Great Bend (Kaylin Wahlmeier 13-11; Lakyn Smith 11-11; Samantha Mayers/Taylor Lashley 14-11; Clarice Snapp/Mackenzie LaViolette 3-6), Hays High, Maize High, Newton, Salina Central, Salina South, Valley Center