Archive for Thursday, May 19, 2011

BSHS seniors Moulin, Isaacs end tennis careers at state

May 19, 2011, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: May 23, 2011, 9:00 a.m.

If only they hadn’t been quite so groggy, Jacob Moulin and Lucas Isaacs might have stuck around for quite a bit longer at the Class 4A tennis state tournament.

That was Bonner Springs coach Bill Scott’s impression after watching his two seniors battle tough but finish 1-1 at state in Lindsborg where they competed just hours after going through graduation ceremonies.

“They left Project Grad at 2 a.m., got to sleep around 3, and I picked them up at 5,” Scott said of the quick turnaround. “They tried to sleep in the van, but weren’t successful.

“It just isn’t fair that they have graduation before state. None of the other schools had this. They all came in a day early and were well rested. We played as well as we could considering (the situation).”

The graduation conflict is something the Braves have dealt with in previous seasons, and Scott said Moulin and Isaacs performed admirably all things considered.

As fifth-place finishers at regionals, they opened with a fourth-place regional finisher in the doubles pair of seniors Bryce Lubbers and Victor Rivera of Ulysses. The match was close throughout, but Moulin and Isaacs ultimately lost, 6-3, 6-4.

The loss knocked meant they had just one more match to play, which they won 9-1 against Haven seniors Sheldon Knepp and Kipp Childs.

“We played then like we played at regionals. We just weren’t ready and awake in round two,” Scott said.

Moulin and Isaacs finished the season with an 11-7 doubles record.

Despite not medaling, Scott said he was happy that Moulin and Isaacs made it to state in their fourth and final year competing for the Braves.

“I am really proud of these two seniors,” Scott said. “They were happy with their final match of their careers, but they said they wish they could have round one over again on a nicer weather day and after a full night’s sleep. Lindsborg did a classy job of hosting (the state tournament), and their eight courts are top notch. It was a lot of fun in spite of the shortness of the tournament for us.”

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