Holder, Toland fall at state tourney
Bonner Springs seniors Zach Holder and Kyle Toland closed out their high school tennis careers at the Class 5A state tournament on Friday in Wichita.
As a No. 4 seed, they had to face a regional champion in the first round. That pitted them against Kevin Klein and Jordan Keller of Wichita Bishop Carroll. Despite some well-played points, Holder and Toland didn't have enough to win the match, falling 6-2, 6-2.
BSHS coach Bill Scott said they played nervous at first before settling into a groove later in the match. He said the final score did not do justice to how closely fought the match was.
Next they ran into Mark DeDonder and Sergio Sequro of Emporia and lost 6-3, 6-1.
That loss ended Holder and Toland's season.
"They played about as well as they can," Scott said. "I thought they played better at times throughout the year, but at state the teams are so good that they take you out of what you have been successful with all year.
"I am so proud of these guys. They worked so hard to qualify for state, their year-long goal, and they did it. They were such great representatives for Bonner Springs all four years. (They are) very fine young men. I will miss them terribly next year."