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Examiner
  • Prep tennis roundup: Jags capture tourney title

  • The Blue Springs South boys tennis team had a good two days.

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  • The Blue Springs South boys tennis team had a good two days.
    The Jaguars stayed undefeated in Suburban Big Six play with a 9-0 victory over Lee’s Summit North Thursday and followed that with the title of the Blue Springs Tournament Friday.
    In the tournament Friday, Brent Henderson went 3-0 to capture the A singles title as South totaled 29 points to claim the championship.
    Blue Springs tied Lee’s Summit West for second place with 21 points, while William Chrisman finished eighth in the eight-team field with five points.
    Henderson downed Lee’s Summit West’s Aaron Cunningham 8-4 in the A singles championship.
    South players also took second in B singles and both A and B doubles. Jared Martin took second to West’s Tanner Ferrell in B singles, falling 9-8 after a 7-1 tiebreaker.
    “Those were some good wins for Brent, and Jared took a guy that normally plays above him to a tiebreaker, so I was proud of both,” South coach Sheri Rehmer said.
    Both South doubles teams fell to teams from Barstow in the championships. Paul Province and Alec Barber fell 8-5 to Sohil Bhagat and Ben Abbas in the A doubles final, and Lake Kinzel and Nick Mandina lost 8-4 to Stephen Ketchmark and Cheng Gong in the B final.
    With a 2-1 record, Province and Barber added to their school record for career doubles wins set last weekend in the Columbia Rock Bridge Tournament. They now have 37 victories together, surpassing the old mark of 32 set by Sam and Evan McDowell.
    “They lost to a really good Bartsow team,” Rehmer said of Province and Barber. “They wanted to win that, but I’m sure they’ll learn something from that.
    “Lake and Nick had never played together before, but they did a great job getting to the final. Overall, I was real happy with how everyone played.”
    Both of Blue Springs’ singles players – Chad Stohlman (A) and Caleb Boyd (B) – finished third with 2-1 records. The B doubles team of Greg Evans and Brice Webb also went 2-1 to finish third and the A doubles team of Mitchell Wilhoit and Sam Phillips went 1-2 to take sixth.
    “I was really pleasantly surprised with how we finished,” Wildcats coach Jody McClain said. “Chad put in a lot of effort today at No. 1, and the lower varsity players have carried us all year.”
    Chrisman’s Nico Belleguer went 1-2 to finish seventh.
    BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 9, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 0: On Thursday, Blue Springs South celebrated Senior Night in high style with the shutout of Lee’s Summit North.
    Barber (10-7), Henderson (10-0), Kinzel (10-1), Jon Hower (11-10, 7-1), Martin (10-1) and Mandina (10-7) were singles winners. The doubles teams of Province and Barber (10-4), Jose Garchitorena and Kinzel (11-10, 7-0) and Henderson and Hower (10-4) were the doubles winners for South (10-1, 3-0 Suburban Big Six).
    Page 2 of 2 - “It was a great night,” Rehmer said. “It was a great Senior Night. All of the four seniors got to play.”
    North posted a 6-3 junior varsity victory.
    BLUE SPRINGS 7, LEE’S SUMMIT 2: Five singles victories lifted host Blue Springs to the Suburban Big Six victory Thursday.
    Stohlman (6-3, 6-1), Phillips (5-7, 6-3, 10-7), Boyd (6-3, 6-4), Webb (6-3, 6-2 and Evans (6-4, 6-3) triumphed in singles. Doubles winners were the teams of Stohlman and Boyd (10-4) and Webb and Evans (10-4).
    “It was a big win for us,” McClain said. “Stohlman played No. 5 last year and it has been tough for him playing in the No. 1 spot. He played well.”
    Blue Springs posted an 8-1 junior varsity victory.
     
     
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