Young Bonner Springs tennis players showing promise at tough tournaments
Top-tier competition is something the Bonner Springs boys tennis team hasn’t shied away from this season.
After taking the two-time defending second-place singles player in Class 6A and the reigning third-place state trophy winners from Class 3-2-1A during the Mill Valley Invitational a week ago, the Braves returned home Monday, April 6, for a dual with that state trophy winning team — Maranatha Academy — again.
Playing in the tournament format at Mill Valley, BSHS was no match for Maranatha. In the dual format, however, the Braves stacked up well. They didn’t win the series, but they won plenty of matches in a 9-6 defeat.
Maranatha swept the top seven singles matches, with Bonner’s number four player, Jacob Moulin, and number five player, Cordell Duncan, falling in tight 8-5 decisions and number seven player John Jenkins falling in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-2).
Number eight player Lucas Isaacs earned a 7-6 (7-2) tiebreaker victory, number nine player Jacob Slattery earned a 6-3 decision, and number 10 player Spencer Bush was victorious, 10-2.
BSHS won three of the five doubles matches. Duncan and Moulin earned an 8-7 (7-4) victory at number three doubles, Jenkins and Tyler Johnson won a 6-1 decision at number four doubles, and the number five pair of Ted Pauley and Santiago Garcia also had a 6-1 victory.
The Braves returned to action with a dual at Lawrence on Tuesday. Things didn’t go as well, and they lost, 10-1.
“We played all doubles matches against Lawrence since we had so many more guys there than they did,” BSHS coach Bill Scott said. “Again, we had a lot of close losses. One of these days maybe we’ll figure out how to win those close games and close sets.
“This match also served as the first match ever for some of our JV guys. It was great experience for them.”
The lone BSHS victory against Lawrence came at number two doubles where Alex Sullivan and Kaleb Black won, 8-4.
Fresh off of the experience against Lawrence, the BSHS junior varsity squad attended the Mill Valley JV Tournament and fared much better.
The Braves placed third out of 12 teams.
“It was a great day for our JV guys who all came home with at least one medal,” said Scott. “Coach (Debbie) Loker has to be pleased with her JV players at this point. They are really surprising us with their won-loss record so far.”