The Lee’s Summit North boys tennis team did something it hadn’t done in over a decade Thursday — win a Suburban Big Six Conference championship.
It did so relatively easily in a 8-1 victory over Lee’s Summit West, winning its first conference crown since 2004.
“I’m really proud of how hard these guys have worked to earn their success,” North coach Stu Reece said. “It didn’t happen overnight and these guys deserve a lot of credit for supporting each other and putting in the ‘boring work’ needed to have a successful season. Throughout the lineup, everyone played with great energy.”
In singles play, No. 2 Nick Mathis won 8-5, No. 3 Matthew DeBacker won 8-5, No. 4 Logan Leslie won 8-3, No. 5 Lukas Parrish won 8-0 and No. 6 Michael Welsh won 8-6.
In doubles, Joe Hammerly and DeBacker won 8-6, Mathis and Leslie won 8-4 and Parrish and Welsh won 8-1.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 9, RUSKIN 0: The Bears didn’t have much trouble dispatching the Eagles in a Suburban Middle Seven matchup Thursday.
In singles play, No. 1 Sam Hawley won 8-3, No. 2 Adam Hamilton won 8-3, No. 3 Jordan Twenter won 8-1, No. 4 Brandon Kuhlman won 8-0, No. 5 Jakob Scott won 8-0 and No. 6 Colton Kerr on 8-1.
In doubles play, Hawley and Hamilton won 8-4, Twenter and Kuhlman won 8-0 and Scott and Sam Foster won 8-0.
“Today was an important day for some of the guys to keep the momentum up from strong showings yesterday,” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said. “Sam Hawley played very consistent again today against a human backboard, but picked his spots to take aggressive shots and get to the net."
Chrisman’s junior varsity also won 9-0.
BLUE SPRINGS 7, STALEY 2: The Wildcats had four players win their doubles and singles matches as they rolled to a victory over the Falcons in a non-conference contest Wednesday.
In singles play, No. 1 Luke David won 8-1, No. 2 Dylan Shryer won 8-1, No. 3 Josh Gordon won 8-0, No. 4 Carson Rothove won 8-2 and No. 5 Jake Reed won 8-2.
In doubles, David and Shryer won 9-8 (7-2 tiebreaker) and Josh Gordon and Rothove won 8-6 for Blue Springs.