CLAFLIN — The Central Plains Oilers won the Central Plains Quadrangular Monday in Claflin with 30 team points. Fairfield placed second with 13 points; Cimarron scored nine and Trego Community scored eight.
Number one singles player Michael Lamatsch placed first defeating Trego’s Isaiah Fabrizius 8-4; Fairfield’s Dalton Dunn 8-0 and Cimarron’s Alan Burl 8-0.
Brady Rugan played the number two singles spot for the Oilers and won his bracket defeating Trego’s Tyler Lowry 8-0; Fairfield’s Damian Espinosa 8-0 and Cimarron’s Jose Vasquez 8-0.
The Oilers’ number one doubles team of Layne Bieberle and Michael Ryann continue to dominate the courts, winning their bracket by defeating Trego’s team of Gillman-Goss/Haxton 8-0; whipping the Fairfield team of Voeller/Schoenecker 8-1 and demolishing Cimarron’s team of Neuschafer/Mendoza 8-0.
Central Plains’ two doubles team of Meritt Hammeke and Carson Kirmer also won their bracket, beating Trego’s team of Pfannenstiel/Rauch 8-0; defeating the Fairfield team of Sanchez/Schonecker 8-1 and winning over Cimarron’s team of Krosschell/Pfeifer 8-1.
Kansas high school tennis seasons are the shortest sport seasons in the state, and the coaches and teams have to prepare for the regional tournaments about two weeks before other sports teams.
The Oilers will play in the Cimarron 3A-2A-1A regional tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10 in Cimarron.
The Ellsworth Bearcats will compete in the Hesston 3A-2A-1A regional tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10 in Hesston.
The Oilers won the Pratt Invitational Tennis tournament May 1 in Pratt.
The Oilers finished the day with 32 team points — three points ahead of Chaparral who placed second. Eight teams competed in the meet.
Lamatsch placed fourth in the number one singles bracket, losing the third place match 8-2.
The number one doubles team of Layne Bieberle and Michael Ryan won their bracket, defeating Pratt’s team of Liam Kahmeyer and Christian Kurz 8-3 in the finals match.
Tyler Bailey, playing in the number two singles spot, placed third at the meet, defeating Kingman’s Jacob Messenger 8-4 in the consolation bracket finals.
The number two doubles team of Hammeke and Rugan placed second, losing to Pratt’s team of Fowler/Parmar 8-4 in the final match.
Beiberle and Ryan won the number one doubles in the tough Hesston Invitational April 29 in Hesston. The Oilers placed seventh as a team at the meet, which included tennis stalwarts such as Conway Springs, Hesston, Wichita Collegiate and Hutchinson Trinity. McPherson won the tournament.
The tournament is played with a college format, similar to regional or State tennis tournaments in that there is no distinction between “number one” and “number two” singles or doubles teams.
Beiberle and Ryan defeated Smoky Valley 8-2; beat one of two Hesston teams 8-3; defeated McPherson 8-5 and beat the other Hesston team 8-4 to get the win.
The Oilers’ doubles team of Bailey and Rugan placed fifth in the consolation bracket.
The Oiler’s singles players Lamatsch and Hammeke placed fifth and sixth respectively, playing each other in the consolation bracket.