CHANUTE — Parsons High School will send three players to the state Class 4A tennis tournament this weekend in Winfield.
Labette County High School sends two athletes. Three singles players from the school qualified and a doubles team from Parsons.
Play will start at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Winfield.
Parsons’ team earned regional runners up during the two-day event at Chanute. Three players, doubles teammates Ross Benavides and Bobby Ho and singles player Paul Juesten qualified. The doubles team finished second at regionals and Juesten finished third.
“Paul had a fantastic tourney, avenging two previous losses to LCHS’ Caleb Mathes and Dylan Waugh,” PHS Coach Jane Posch said. Mathes and Waugh both qualified for state, too.
Juesten won his first round match against Ethan Bush of Chanute 6-0, 6-0 before battling Mathes in the second round. Juesten won in two sets 7-6 (7-1 tiebreaker) 6-3. He then lost to Kuczmarski of Ottawa in three sets, 3-6, 6-1, 2-6. He defeated Waugh for the third place match 6-4, 6-0.
Dequwan Wells of Parsons lost in the first round to eventual second-place winner, Kuczmarski.
In doubles play, Benavides and Ho had the No. 1 seed at regionals by winning the league tourney over Independence.
The duo defeated Ottawa’s Bolivar and Baker 6-0, 6-2 and then defeated Iola’s team 6-2, 6-2. Iola finished fourth. Benavides and Ho lost the championship to the Hilger brothers of Indy 6-1, 6-0.
“Even though we ended up second, we still have a first round bye at the state tournament,” Posch said. “This loss shows us some things to work on this week for state.”
Parsons is not ranked in the state, but Posch said her players would like to surprise some teams this weekend.
Two Labette County High School tennis players qualified for the state tournament on Friday.
Dylan Waugh qualified for the state tourney by placing fourth at the regional tournament. He beat Espinosa of Ottawa 6-1, 6-0. Then for qualify state, he beat Gage Addington of Fort Scott 2-6, 6-2, 10-3. He lost to Zack Schroeder of Independence 6-2, 6-0, and Paul Juesten of Parsons 6-4, 6-0.
Caleb Mathes qualified for state by placing sixth. Mathes beat Riker from Columbus 6-3, 6-1 and lost to Juesten of Parsons 7-6, (7-1), 6-3. He qualified for state by beating the No. 2 seed, Stacy of Independence 6-4, 6-4. He then lost to Addington of Fort Scott 7-5, 6-4.
Caleb Webster and Robbie Gibbs played doubles at the regional tourney but lost in the first round to Columbus 6-1, 6-0.
“Overall I am really pleased with how hard the boys have worked this year. It has been a long time since LCHS has qualified for state in boys tennis, and the two we had qualify this year had to play exceptional tennis to earn their spots,” LCHS Coach Spence Allison said.
The state tournament will begin on Friday at the Winfield-T.H. Vaughn Tennis Center in Winfield.