The Greenback doubles teams led the way to a fourth place finish in their home tournament on Thursday
The sound of balls hitting tennis racquets rank from every corner of the Walter Blake tennis complex on Thursday as Pratt High hosted six schools in their Home Invitational. The meet was round-robin, so all players got in several matches on the day.
Central Plains claimed the team title with 44 points. Colby had 34, Larned 26, Pratt 20, Chaparral 10 and South Barber 3.
PHS doubles teams each finished third on the day to pace the Greenbacks effort.
#1 Doubles Caden Donnenwerth/ Jacob Brucks
d. South Barber Banks/ Rathgeber 8-0
d. Chaparral Zavala/ Cubias 8-1
l. Central Plains Hammeke/ Ryan 8-0
d. Colby Bixenman/ Sanguinetti 8-2
l. Larned 8-7 (5) Bright/ DeMond
#2 Doubles Luis Garcia-Jimenez/ Hogan Thompson
d. South Barber Farney/ Jahay 8-1
d. Chaparral Enslinger/ Ummel 8-5
l. Central Plains Beck/ Liebl 8-0
l. Colby Kraft/ Lee 8-7 (4)
d. Larned Hermann/ Theis 8-5
#1 Singles Chase Folkers
d. SB Vickers 8-0
l. CH Spicer 8-2
l. CP Heredia 8-0
l. CO Starbuck 8-1
l. LA Penka 8-2
#2 Singles Kale Wilson
d. CH Manning 8-7 (4)
l. CP Loesser 8-6
l. CO Hutfles 8-5
l. LA Coulson 8-5
PHS head tennis coach Tate Thompson again paired up his two top players, Donnenwerth and Brucks, in doubles. "Donnenwerth and Brucks are getting the hang of doubles, and Garcia and Thompson are improving leaps and bounds each time out," said Coach Thompson. "It was a good day for all of the kids. We are learning and growing."
Wilson, in just his second singles outing, was only a few points away from a winning day- holding his own with his opponents in every match. Folkers, also a relative newcomer to singles, faced every other team's best player. He won one match at love, and competed well despite falling in his other matches.
The Greenback netters wrapped up their regular season with this tourney. They are off to Central Kansas League play Monday at Hillsboro.