Bonner Springs’ tennis season ends at 5A regional tourney
Gardner The Bonner Springs boys tennis team’s season came to a close on Thursday at the Class 5A regional tournament at Gardner-Edgerton High School.
The Braves took a squad to regionals that lacked in varsity experience prior to this season, and they faced a field of teams that boasted extensive varsity, and state tournament, experience. In particular, powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas was in the regional, as well as always-tough Bishop Miege and Gardner-Edgerton. Kaw Valley League rival Lansing, one of 5A’s fastest growing programs, was in the field.
The veteran opposition proved to be too much for the Braves as none qualified for state.
In singles, Kaleb Black earned the sixth seed overall but fell to No. 11 Nick Logan of Aquinas, 6-2, 6-1, in the first round.
Bonner Springs’ other singles player, Matt Bille, received the No. 12 seed and lost, 6-0, 6-0, to Andre Pizdiek of Gardner-Edgerton.
In doubles, the pair of Spencer Bush and Lucas Isaacs received the ninth seed. They turned in the top performance of the day for BSHS and forced a third set against Mill Valley before falling, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, in the first round.
Also for BSHS, Ethan Isaacs and Alex Sullivan lost their first-round match, 6-0, 6-0, to Bishop Miege.
Singles state qualifiers from the regional were Tyler Jackson of Aquinas, Steven Anthony of Bishop Miege, Justin Eifert of Mill Valley and Metin DePaolis of Lansing.
Doubles state qualifiers from the regional were Max Robinson and Christian Boschert of Aquinas, Alex Shinn and Donald Mulvaney of Aquinas, Brian Fibelkorn and Matt Mueller of Gardner, and Joe Goll and Nick Novak of Lansing.
State will take place Friday and Saturday at Kossover Tennis Center in Topeka.