Even without its No. 1 player, William Chrisman’s boys tennis team was too much for Ruskin Thursday


Even without its No. 1 player, William Chrisman’s boys tennis team was too much for Ruskin Thursday.

The Bears won five singles matches and two doubles matches in a 7-2 win at Ruskin.

“We were missing our No. 1 players (McKay Paialii) and Tyler Shupe came up and played well for us today.”

Shupe won at No. 6 singles and teamed with Anthony Laughlin for a win in doubles.

Other singles winners for Chrisman were: Ben Bertram, Dennis Ayala, Laughlin and Cole Ketchum.

The doubles team of Bertram-Ayala also won for Chrisman, which won the JV match, 7-2.

BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 5, LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 1: Strong singles play earned South a soggy win over West Thursday.

The visiting Jaguars won five singles matches before rain prompted the calling of the match before doubles play.

“I was happy with our team’s effort overall,” Jaguars coach Sheri Rehmer said. “Lee’s Summit West is a good team.”

Nick Monaco, Zack Kaltenbach, Chris Hammond, Brooks Stotts and Josh Payton won for South, while Peter Gardner won for West.

South won the JV match, 4-1.

GRAIN VALLEY 9, BOONVILLE 0: Grain Valley remained perfect, and still has yet to lose a match in two outings this year.

The Eagles swept the host Pirates to improve to 2-0.

“We had a couple of close matches in singles,” Eagles coach Randy Draper said. “Our doubles are starting to come together well. Marshall and Excelsior Springs will be tough for us (next week).”

Michael Draper, Derek Bowlin, Colin Chastain, Ryan Marrs, Jake Pugh and Dillon Perdue all won singles matches. The doubles teams of Draper-Chastain, Bowlin-Marrs and Pugh-Perdue completed the sweep.

Grain Valley won the JV match, 6-0.

NORTH KANSAS CITY 7, BLUE SPRINGS 2: Blue Springs had a hard time dealing with North Kansas City’s depth Thursday in a home loss.

Nathan Schnabel and Aaron Davis won singles matches – the only wins for the Wildcats on the day.

“We came off a good win (Wednesday) night (over Truman),” Wildcats coach Jody McClain said. “North Kansas City had so much depth, even though they graduated four seniors. We will learn from this match and need to stay more focused and mentally tough.”

Blue Springs won the JV match, 9-0.