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  • Prep boys tennis roundup: Pats successfully juggle new nucleus

  • Despite mixing in five new players to the varsity squad, the Truman boys tennis team didn’t encounter a whole lot of trouble in its season opener.

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  • Despite mixing in five new players to the varsity squad, the Truman boys tennis team didn’t encounter a whole lot of trouble in its season opener.
    The Patriots breezed to an 8-1 win over host Fort Osage on Tuesday, as the Patriots picked up five singles wins and went 3-0 in doubles.
    Codie Williams earned Fort’s lone triumph, topping Nick Wagner 8-4 at No. 2 singles. Truman’s Zach Felz edged Tyler Smith 8-6 at No. 1; Jonathon Brown bested Hector Arriaga 8-5 at No. 3; Sam Heacock beat Brad Thatcher 8-3 at No. 4; Jared Welch earned an 8-4 decision over Jarek Branstetter at No. 5; and Jewlian Cordry swept Sam Farmer 8-0.
    In doubles, Felz and Heacock took an 8-4 verdict from Smith and Williams in the No. 1 slot, while Wagner teamed with Jake Ritchel to best Arriaga and Thatcher 8-5 at No. 2 and Welch and Devin Peel toppled Branstetter and Farmer 8-2 at No. 3.
    “Everyone came out ready and prepared to play their best,” Truman coach Willis Blinzler said. “... Also, we had two players that had to sit out of varsity doubles for medical reasons and our top two JV players stepped in with the ‘next man up’ mentality.”
    GRAIN VALLEY 8, LAFAYETTE COUNTY 1: It wasn’t quite a sweep, but the Eagles still started strong in their season opener at Grain Valley High School.
    No. 1 singles player Theo Nichols received the toughest test in an 8-6 victory. Lane Elliott and Jordan Snyder snared 8-2 wins at Nos. 2 and 4, respectively, and Cody Zeigler and Dakota Thurn cruised to 8-0 triumphs at Nos. 3 and 5.
    In doubles, Zeigler and Sebastian Coons won 8-0 and Snyder and T.J. Drabik recorded an 8-4 victory.
    “It was nice to be able to pull things together for our first match,” Eagles coach Mary Elliott said. “Still a lot of things to work on, but it was a good win.”
    BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 7, KEARNEY 2: The Jaguars used four singles victories and a trio of doubles wins to roll to a triumph to start the season Monday.
    Brent Henderson (7-2), Jared Martin (10-3), Blake Kinvel (10-2) and Nick Mandina (10-3) garnered the singles triumphs while Paul Province and Mandina earned a 10-3 decision at No. 1 doubles, Henderson and Martin prevailed 10-8 at No. 2 and Jose Garchitorena and Kinvel won 10-5.
    “It was a great way to start the season,” South coach Sheri Rehmer said. “Kearney’s a pretty decent team. We’ve had such limited practice time, it was just nice to get out and play.”
     
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