Parsons hosted its first home boys tennis tournament on Thursday at Forest Park. The Vikings took second place as a team with Independence claiming first place.

Independence registered 10 points while Parsons notched six. Chanute scored five points, and Coffeyville was held without a win.

In the No. 1 singles bracket, Zach Spriggs went 3-0 for Parsons. The senior defeated Sol Hannah of Coffeyville 8-0, Lawson Collins of Chanute 8-1 and Sam Grice of Independence 8-5.

“Overall he had another good day. While he didn’t play his best at times, he worked through the struggles by trusting his shots and sticking to his game,” Parsons head coach Tyler Beardmore said. “Him finishing the day 3-0 shows how much he’s grown as a player because two years ago I think he would’ve finished the day 2-1. If he continues working hard in practice and improving all aspects of his game, he’s going to continue to see success this year.”

Xander McSherry went 0-2 in the No. 2 singles division for Parsons, suffering an 8-1 loss to Walker Becknell of Chanute and an 8-2 decision to Owen Clapp of Independence.

“He’s improving every day,” Beardmore said. “His groundstrokes are starting to get a lot more consistent, and he’s starting to play better points with his opponents. His hard work will translate to wins as the season moves on.” 

Tanner Barcus and Davis West went 2-1 on the day in No. 1 doubles. The pair beat Drew Stukesbary and Antonio Huerta of Coffeyville 8-4 and Hayden Newton and Kaidan Frederick of Chanute 8-7 (5) before losing to Brecken Bertie and Ryan Stoner of Independence 8-1.

“They looked much better today. They weren’t happy at all with their performance last week in Independence, but they had a great week of practice to get ready for today,” Beardmore said. “They’re starting to work better together and are learning how to play doubles. They still lack experience and have a lot to learn, but with their natural ability and work ethic, they will have a very successful season.”

Julius Smith-Reece and Eli Kroger went 1-2 for Parsons in No. 2 doubles, beating Coffeyville’s Caleb Turner and Pierce Webber 8-2 before falling to Cam Hugo and Grayson Burchett of Chanute 8-2 and Evan Knight and Jacob Peschka of Independence 8-2.

“Overall they looked better than the first time they played together in Independence,” Beardmore said. “They’re both solid players at the net, but they’ve got to get more consistent from the baseline. That’s something we worked on this week, and they did look better today, but there’s still room for growth.”

Parsons will resume its season on Tuesday with a trip to Pittsburg, where the Vikings will also face Chanute and Iola. 

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