The Lansing Lions tennis team hosted the first United Kansas Conference tournament on Tuesday on the courts at Lansing High School.
The home Lions tied De Soto with 24 team points on the day, but Lansing won on a tie-breaker to take home the trophy. De Soto finished runner-up. Shawnee Heights took third-place with 14 points and Leavenworth finished in fourth-place from 12 points. Other United Kansas Conference members Basehor-Linwood and Turner did not participate as the two schools do not field tennis teams.
“It was kind of an exciting way to finish,” Lions coach Eddie Fenton said. “They really took care of business.”
In singles, Trinity Hall finished third and Lizzie Martin finished sixth. Darby Mance and Mirinda Lowery won the doubles bracket. The Lions also got a third-place finish from Gracie Schneider and Gabriella Scarcelli
For Leavenworth, Ella Madison finished seventh and Jessica Atwood was eighth in singles. Carolann Perry and Clare Langfoss finished fourth in doubles. Alexis Cole and Margaret Collins took fifth-place.
Issa Sullivan from De Soto was the singles champion.
Leavenworth coach Shad Langfoss said the Pioneers were not at 100 percent.
"It was a tough day for our inaugural UKC tournament," Langfoss said. "With the number one player, Samantha Casmus, out with an injury, I could not play my #1 doubles team and I had to make some changes in the line-up...I know (Alexis) Cole was not feeling all herself today either so I hope by Friday the team will be healthy and back to normal ready to qualify for state."
Leavenworth and Lansing will now get ready for the regional tournament.
Due to Leavenworth’s reclassification to 6A, the Pioneers will travel to Mill Valley on Friday in a two-day tournament to attempt to qualify for the 6A state tournament.
Lansing will travel to Topeka West in their regional tournament Saturday morning in an attempt to continue the streak of at least one state qualifier in tennis since 2012.