Warner, Robinson take first at Hayden
Lansing High's No. 1 doubles team of senior Matt Warner and junior Josh Robinson teamed to place first Saturday at the Hayden Invitational tennis tournament in Topeka.
Warner and Robinson rolled through their pool play matches and the semifinals before knocking Tom Haefole and Brendan Sheehy from Topeka Hayden in the finals, 8-1. The teams squared off earlier in the day with Warner and Robinson winning 8-6 in their only close match of the day.
Lansing's No. 2 doubles team of Ezra Carpenter and Kalon Thrasher advanced to bracket play before falling in the semifinals. They were then defeated in the third-place match by a team from Marysville.
Sophomore Mo Meyer played at No. 1 singles on Saturday and freshman Clayton Hall played at No. 2 singles. Both went 0-2 in pool play.
LHS coach Rachel Elkins said hse was pleased with the performances of Carpenter and Hall. She said both freshmen "put in solid performances and continue to improve as the season progresses."
She also praised the efforts of Meyer in his debut at No. 1 singles against a very tough tournament field. Regular No. 1 singles player Cory Collins, a senior, missed the tournament because of an injury. He is expected to return this week.
The Lions return to the court for a busy week. First, the junior varsity squad will compete at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at De Soto. Then the varsity will compete at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Leavenworth Tournament.