The Leavenworth Pioneers won the first United Kansas Conference boy’s tennis championship Wednesday at De Soto.
The tournament was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was pushed back a day due to the weather. Leavenworth won the tournament with 25 points. Shawnee Heights was second with 21, De Soto third with 18 and Lansing took fourth scoring 10.
Leavenworth’s doubles team of Isaiah Casmus and Ethan Robinette took first place. The doubles team of Will Messer and Will Franklin took second.
Brett Chapman was fourth and Nathan Hebert finished fourth and fifth in singles play.
Head coach Shad Langfoss said he felt like the team played well. He pointed out Chapman was up 4-1 in his second match against Riley Hockman before a rain delay postponed play for about an hour.
“I bet if weather did not suspend play he would have won that match,” Langfoss said. “And (Chapman would have) been playing for first place. The Shawnee Heights player was getting very frustrated losing, then with a delay, he was able to gather himself and make a comeback. Other than that they all played some of the best tennis of the year and I hope it will be carried to Friday’s regional tournament in Topeka.”
Lansing’s highest finish came from Jacob Lorenzen and Robert Schafer finishing third in doubles play. The doubles team of Daylan Williams and Nate Hamman went 0-3. Collin Kenaga went 1-2 and finished seventh in singles play. Zach Crumpacker was 0-3. Lions coach Eddie Fenton said the team will have to be more aggressive with regionals on Friday at De Soto.
“We’ve reached the point in the season where simply getting the ball back in play isn’t good enough,” Fenton said. “We needed to be able to take advantage of weak shots today but just weren’t able or willing to do it. We’ve become too passive and have begun to let the other side dictate the match. I’m looking forward to a good day of practice on Thursday to work on being more aggressive and ending points when we get the chance. With regionals being a ‘one and done’ event, we can’t afford to sit back and wait or hope the other side makes a mistake.”
Lansing will return to De Soto for their regional tournament Friday. Leavenworth will head to Washburn Rural.