LHS tennis battles cold, prepares for regionals
Gardner Cold and windy temperatures greeted the Lansing High tennis team at its final postseason tuneup on Thursday at the Gardner Invitational, and the Lions came home with mixed results.
Junior Kersten Probst, an exchange student from Germany, was frustrated by the wind and she struggled to a 1-3 record. She beat Megan Munjak of Shawnee Mission North, 8-2, during her first match of the day, but then she dropped an 8-1 decision to Mary Clippenger of Baldwin. After that she fell to Kristine Vedros of Shawnee Mission East, 8-4, and Brandie Rhodes of Mill Valley, 8-2. Probst finished the tournament in sixth place at No. 1 singles.
In No. 2 singles, junior Heidi Schultz fared better. She lost her first match of the day to Nina Luo of Shawnee Mission Northwest in a tiebreaker, 8-7 (7-4), but then rebounded with an 8-1 victory over Lawrence Free State's Amy Smith and an 8-2 victory against Amy Lowe of Mill Valley. Schultz finished the day in fourth place.
Lions make strong showing at Gardner Invitational
The Lansing High girls tennis team made a strong showing Thursday at the Gardner Invitational. Junior Kersten Probst placed sixth at No. 1 singles. Junior Heidi Schultz was fourth at No. 2 singles. Seniors Bethanie Hill and Lindsay Parks placed third at No. 1 doubles and seniors Rachel Darrow and Jaclyn Gann were fourth at No. 2 doubles.
At No. 1 doubles, seniors Bethanie Hill and Lindsay Parks posted a 2-2 record. They beat Lauren Gritt and Kelsey Horton of Gardner-Edgerton, 8-2, in the first round and then held off Mill Valley's Sara Exon and Alex Bieber in a tiebreaker, 8-7 (7-4) to advance to the winner's pool. They fell to Aquinas' Nikki Heilman and Elizabeth Close, 8-0, and then dropped an 8-3 decision to Katie Beall and Kristen Ferris of Baldwin. Hill and Parks finished the day in third place.
At No. 2 doubles, seniors Rachel Darrow and Jaclyn Gann went 2-1. After fallin to Carlene Bolton and Lisa Johnson of Mill Valley, 8-4, they rattled off an 8-3 win against Alex Emerson and Katie Van Saun of Shawnee Mission Northwest and then beat Marley Lerner and Ali Isenberg of Gardner, 8-4. Darrow and Gann ended the tournament in fourth place.
The Lions next play at 9 a.m. Monday at the Class 5A regional meet at Indian Creek Racquet Club, 7401 W. 103rd St., in Overland Park. Participating teams will be Lansing, St. Thomas Aquinas, Mill Valley, Gardner, Blue Valley West, Washington and Bishop Miege.