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Rain continues to wreak havoc on Bonner Springs tennis slate

April 30, 2009

Broken strings would be the perfect nuisance for the Bonner Springs boys tennis team this spring, but instead the Braves have had to deal with the nagging problem of rain.

The Braves have battled canceled practices and postponed tournaments throughout the season, disrupting the young squad’s opportunities to build from week to week and develop more consistent play.

BSHS coach Bill Scott doesn’t expect the theme to change any time soon, even as his squad makes final preparations for postseason play.

“More rain is forecast, and we have matches every day this week,” Scott said. “Next week is regionals, so I don’t know where we will put any rescheduled matches from here on.

“We are having playoffs on the team right now to see who our doubles representatives are for regionals. We have four doubles teams that are the same (talent level) and I can only take two. Next week we only play one last dual (against) Shawnee Mission West as a last tune-up for regionals. That will be a tough dual (for us).”

Regionals take place Thursday, May 7, at Gardner-Edgerton High School.

The weather permitted BSHS to play two duals last week, although one required a venue change.

BSHS played an extra home date when its dual with Bishop Miege was moved from the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo., to the BSHS courts on Thursday, but the home-court advantage stopped there.

The Stags handed Bonner Springs a 10-2 defeat in the varsity dual.

Although the varsity squad struggled, the BSHS junior varsity built on its strong season-long performance by winning, 6-0. Spencer Bush, Tyler Johnson, John Jenkins, Jacob Slattery and Ryan Cook all collected singles victories. Lucas Isaacs and Bush teamed for a doubles victory.

One day earlier, the Braves dropped another tough varsity dual in a 9-3 decision at Olathe North.

Kaleb Black picked up a victory at number one singles, Bush won at number seven singles, and Ethan and Lucas Isaacs teamed to win the number two doubles match.

The day marked a rare defeat for the junior varsity squad as Olathe North prevailed, 14-7. Bonner Springs’ victories came from Tyler Johnson, Santiago Garcia, Slattery, Ted Pauley and Kevin Beashore in singles, as well as two doubles victories.

The Braves returned to the court Tuesday against Lincoln Academy in Kansas City, Mo., and rolled to an 8-3 victory.

Jenkins, Black, Matt Bille, Alex Sullivan and Jacob Moulin all collected singles victories. Cordell Duncan and Moulin teamed for a doubles victory, as did Sullivan and Bille.

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