CHANUTE — The Parsons Vikings boys tennis team qualified four players — two singles players and one doubles group — the KSHSAA 4A State Tennis Championships on Saturday at the regional tournament in Chanute.
Zach Spriggs and Carlos Collins will represent Parsons in the singles bracket, while the doubles team of Isaac Stringer and Trey Martinez will also make the trip to Pratt.
As a team, Parsons took second place at the regional in Chanute, scoring 16 points. Independence won first place with 21 points, while Chanute was third with 11 points.
“It’s a great year,” Parsons head coach Jane Posch said. “I’m extremely pleased that we’re taking four guys to state. They worked really hard for it this year. They deserve it and it’s been a fun year.”
Spriggs took second place in the singles bracket. In the quarterfinals after getting a bye in the first round, Spriggs, defeated Jadyn Royal-Bey of Fort Scott 1,0. He then ousted Logan Payne on Independence 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 to advance to the championship against Brayden Frederick of Chanute. There, Spriggs fell 6-3, 6-3.
“Zach’s a good player,” Posch said. “He’s one of the best players we had in a long time. He’s a complete player. He’s an athlete that has good hands and is smart. He’s solid all the way around. He’ll do things that other kids can’t do.”
Carlos Collins, a No. 8 seed in the regional tourney, defeated Jonathan Miller of Iola in the first round 1,1. He then lost to Frederick 1,3 in the quarterfinals. Relegated to the loser’s bracket, Collins defeated Adam Bollig of Chanute 2,5 then Luke Falkenstein of Labette County 1,1 to take fifth place and earn a bid to state.
“He played a lot of doubles this year when Isaac wasn’t playing,” Posch said. “He’s come into his own and gotten his singles game back. He’s really starting to come around. It’s going to be a tough haul for him at state as a No. 5 seed. You just hope he can get a win to get into the medal rounds.”
In the doubles bracket, Martinez and Stringer were the top seed. After earning a bye, the two defeated Owen Burchette and Noah Crapson of Chanute 1,0 to advance to the semifinals. There, Martinez and Stringer beat Nick Patton and Allen Santana of Fort Scott 0,1 to move onto the finals, where they lost to Sawyer Hayward and Dominque Mendoza of Independence 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
“They played together last year and they’re compatible with each other,” Posch said. “They’re both quiet and don’t talk a lot. But they’re competitors. They do all the right things. They just want to win.”
The other Parsons doubles team competing, Julian Nance and Trevor Strathe, came one match away from earning its own bid to Pratt.
Strathe and Nance beat Weston Pellett and Elijah Self of Fort Scott 2,0 in the first round before losing to Samson Mah and Ryan Stoner of Independence 1,4. On the backside of the bracket, Strathe and Nance then lost to Kaidan Frederick and Hayden Newton of Chanute in three sets 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 to end their season.
“It would’ve been nice to take all six guys,” Posch said. “We were in a position to do that. Our No. 2 doubles team had a tough match against Chanute and it didn’t go our way.”
Labette County also competed at the regional, earning just two points to finish sixth out of six teams. Luke Falkenstein earned a berth to state in the singles’ bracket.
Luke Falkenstein earned the only points for the Grizzlies in the singles bracket, defeating Eason Cheung of Iola 2,1 in the first round. He then lost to Payne 1,0 before beating Royal-Bey in the loser’s bracket 1,1. His day ended with the loss to Collins.
The 4A state tournament in Pratt starts on Friday.
“This is the best time of the year,” Posch said. “I’m excited for our guys. We’re going to state.”