The William Chrisman boys tennis team nearly knocked off a traditional area power Thursday.
The Bears came close in a 5-4 loss to Suburban Middle Seven foe North Kansas City.
“North Kansas City has consistently won or finished second in conference standings for nearly a decade. Previous William Chrisman teams fought hard to earn one or two varsity wins against them until this year,” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said. “My guys gave it all they had to put us in a position to win against a quality opponent tonight but we came up one match short. We preach the importance of getting off to a 2-1 doubles head start and today we were down 1-2 before splitting the six singles matches and that was the difference."
Jakob Scott and Sam Foster won 8-4 in No. 3 doubles for the Bears. Adam Hamilton (10-5), Brandon Kuhlman (10-3) and Scott (10-8) prevailed in singles.
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 6, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 3: The Jaguars were swept in doubles and they were unable to recover in a loss to Suburban Big Six rival Lee’s Summit West Thursday.
No. 3 South singles player Sammy Klosener won 7-5, 6-4 (10-7 tiebreaker); No. 4 Will Sheridan won 6-3, 0-6 (12-10 tiebreaker); and No. 6 Kye Reid won 6-4, 5-7, (10-8 tiebreaker). No. 1 singles player Sean Nguyen just missed out on a win in a 5-7, 6-1 (10-8 tiebreaker) loss.
“It was a bummer to lose, but I was really happy with the way the guys played today,” South coach Nathan Mooney said.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 9, PARK HILL 0: Lee’s Summit North continued its strong season with a sweep of a Park Hill squad that entered Thursday’s match with just one loss.
Joe Hammerly won a tiebreaker to edge Tommy Matthys 11-10 in No. 1 singles. He also teamed with Matthew DeBacker for a 9-7 No. 1 doubles win.
Nick Mathis (10-6), DeBacker (10-1), Logan Leslie (10-6), Lukas Parrish (10-0) and Michael Welsh (10-6) completed the singles sweep.
Mathis and Leslie won 8-1 at No. 2 doubles, and Parrish and Welsh won 9-7 at No. 3 to give the Broncos a 3-0 lead heading into singles.
“I think we really took the wind out of their sails with the doubles sweep,” Broncos coach Stu Reece said. “Park Hill is a very good team and for us to get a sweep really speaks to how focused every guy on the court was for us today. Most complete victory we have had in a long, long time.”