The Leavenworth tennis team hosted their home invitational Tuesday at Leavenworth High School and David Brewer Park.
The Pioneers finished sixth at the tournament with 19 points. Olathe South finished first and Olathe North took second. It was the fifth straight year that either Olathe North or Olathe South has won the tournament.
Leavenworth’s No. 1 singles player Brett Chapman went 1-5 on the day and finished sixth. No. 2 singles player Nathan Hebert finished 2-4 to take fifth. The No. 1 doubles team of Isaiah Casmus and Ethan Robinette finished sixth with a record of 2-4. The No. 2 doubles team of Will Messer and Will Franklin went 2-4 and finished fifth.
Pioneers head coach Shad Langfoss said it was a tough day for the doubles teams but he was proud of how the teams played.
“I was hoping Casmus and Robinette could rack up a couple more wins,” Langfoss said. “But against better competition, it is hard to win. Overall, I was pleased with how my doubles teams did play. They never gave up and kept on fighting. I would have only been upset if they didn’t play like they should and have a bad loss but the losses (Tuesday) were all justified.”
He said he didn’t really think the team would have placed sixth going into the tournament.
“On a brighter note,” Langfoss said, “(it was) a great day for tennis.”
Leavenworth continued play on Wednesday at Mill Valley.
The Lansing tennis team traveled to Paola for a quad tournament on Monday.
Lions head coach Eddie Fenton said the team mixed up the lineup a bit to let different players experience the singles game.
“This gave them a few matches at singles,” Fenton said. “And gave our usual singles players some time at (doubles) to help prepare us for our dual with Blue Valley Southwest later this week. Even though we didn’t have the same success this time out, I’m still happy with our overall results and style of play. We didn’t have any blowouts in any of the matches. This shows that we were competitive from the top of the lineup to the bottom.”
Jacob Lorenzen went 2-1 playing as the No. 1 singles player. Nate Hamman went 0-3 at No. 2 singles. Robert Schafer and Zach Crumpacker went 1-2 at No. 1 doubles and the No. 2 doubles team of Daylan Williams and Collin Kenaga also went 1-2.
“Jacob had the best showing in the quad going 2-1 with his only loss to a quality player from Chanute 6-8,” Fenton said. “The transition from doubles to singles was a challenge for both Jacob and Nate, just like it was a challenge for Zach and Collin to go from dubs to singles. Each discipline takes a slightly different mindset and strategy. Our doubles teams of Robert/Zach and Daylan/Collin played pretty well for not getting much practice time together. They just didn’t have the familiarity with each other and that showed.”
The Lions continued play Wednesday at Mill Valley. Fenton said the tournament was a quality one and helped the team gauge before regionals.
Fenton said the tournament had three 5A schools in a pool with the three 6A schools in the other. Fenton said he went back to his original lineup to see how they stacked up against schools like St. James and De Soto, who the Lions will see in the regional tournament.