The William Chrisman boys tennis team not only claimed third place in its own tournament, its top team claimed the A Flight title.
Taniela Faletau and Brett Wilson combined to top the Blue Springs team of Blake Summers and Jordan Warner in the A Flight finals as the Bears totaled 17 points to finish behind North Kansas City (21) and Raymore-Peculiar (18) Monday at Santa Fe Trail Park. Blue Springs (14) finished fifth behind Platte County (15). Fort Osage (8) was eighth.
Faletau and Wilson topped Summers and Warner 2-1. Summers defeated Faletau 6-1 in singles play, but Wilson edged Warner 6-4 in singles and Faletau and Wilson won 6-1 in doubles.
Roman Camp and Dakoda James took fifth in B Flight, and Shaun Anderson and Jose Mendoza were fourth in C Flight for Chrisman.
Cameran Handy and Luke David finished fourth in B Flight for Blue Springs.
Blake Knisely and Joseph Seaba took seventh in A Flight to lead Fort Osage.
TRUMAN INVITATIONAL: Lee’s Summit North claimed a title and three runner-up finishes to claim the title of the Truman Invitational Saturday at Santa Fe Trail Park.
Host Truman finished second with 21 points, while Chrisman was seventh with five.
Connor Young and Jacob Welsh won B Flight doubles, while Logan French (A Flight singles), Ben Durbin (B Flight singles) and C.J. McGurk and Logan Lesie (A Flight doubles) each finished second to lead the Broncos to the title.
Truman’s Blake Savidge downed French 6-1, 6-1 to claim the A Flight singles title. Cooper Mangels also took fourth in B Flight singles for the Patriots.
GRAIN VALLEY 8, ODESSA 1: With Monday’s win, Grain Valley put itself in a position to claim another MRVC West title today.
The Eagles swept doubles Monday at home on the way to a rout of Odessa to improve to 4-0 in conference play. A win at home today over Excelsior Springs clinches a repeat title.
“We have a chance to win it outright tomorrow, and back-to-back would be good,” Eagles coach Randy Draper said.
Alex Schnurr and Lindell Frye (8-1), Colton Campbell and Addison Arnold (8-4) and Joel Florida and Josh Quintrell (8-2) swept doubles. Frye (8-0), Arnold (8-2), Campbell (8-1), Hunter Hoagland (8-0) and Dean Mobley won in singles.
The win came on the heels of a team title in the Kirksville Invitational Saturday. Frye was 2-1 to finish second in No. 1 singles, and Arnold (No. 2), Campbell (No. 3), Schnurr (No. 4), Hoagland (No. 5) and Mobley (No. 6) all won their singles brackets with 3-0 records. Arnold and Campbell won at No. 2 doubles and Florida and Quintrell won No. 3, while Frye and Schnurr were third in No. 1.
“Good tournament win for our guys,” Draper said. “Kirksville has won their district three years in a row and have a player back that finished eighth in the state in singles last year.”
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 8, BARSTOW 1: Blue Springs South avenged an earlier loss to small-school power Barstow with a home win Monday at Young Park.
The Jaguars swept doubles. Sean Nguyen and Dalton Michael won 8-5 at No. 1 and the No. 2 team of Brady Dunlap and Wyatt Walker and No. 3 of Chase Klosener and Patterson Fallis each won 8-0.
Nguyen, Michael, Klosener, Walker and Fallis also won in singles.
“(We) played Barstow a couple of weeks ago and they got us 5-4 in a come-from-behind victory, so it was nice to get the win,” South coach Nathan Mooney said. “They were a man down today, which was unfortunate, because it would have been nice to play them again at full strength. Both Sean and Patterson had come from behind wins. Both were playing down a break at the end to be able to win at the end. Good wins for both of those guys.”
LEE’S SUMMIT 9, BLUE SPRINGS 0: The Blue Springs boys tennis couldn’t get anything going in a Suburban Big Seven matchup with the Tigers in a 9-0 loss Thursday.
Jordan Warner came the closest to win for Blue Springs in No. 2 singles action with a 6-4, 6-3 loss. In doubles the No. 3 team came closest to a win with an 8-4 loss.
LIBERTY NORTH 8, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 1: The Bears got a singles win but that was all in a loss to the Eagles Thursday,
Roman Campa got Chrisman’s only win with a 8-5 win at No. 4 singles. Brett Wilson and Dakoda James came the closest to winning in a doubles match with a 8-5 loss.
“Liberty North just put balls in play and moved my guys all over the place and my guys are just not 100 percent right now,” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said. “Tired legs and mentally draining competition scheduling has them moving slower around the court. I always respect the level of Coach Art Smith brings from his team, so we had to be sharp to come away victorious today and we didn't."
Chrisman’s junior varsity lost 7-2.
Last Wednesday, a day after a tough 9-0 loss to North Kansas City, the Bears ran into another buzzsaw in an 8-1 loss to the Falcons Wednesday.
Wilson picked up the team’s lone win in No. 2 doubles with a 10-8 victory.
“Two of my regular varsity guys needed to sit out of either doubles or singles which made me shuffle my lineup in ways I didn't really plan for,” Grubb said. “Add in missing No. 6 singles player Mikel Casado, the team depth was severely tested today. But overall, many of the guys gave the best effort they had and gained valuable experience."
Chrisman’s junior varsity won 6-3.