Mill Valley duo takes 10th place at state tennis
The Mill Valley and St. James Academy boys tennis teams finished ninth and 10th, respectively, at the Class 5A Kansas state championships at Goddard High School on Sunday.
The Jaguars finished with six points, while the Thunder collected five. Blue Valley West took home the state title with 51 points, and Salina Central (47) and Newton (35) rounded out the top three.
Mill Valley was led by its doubles team of Alec Bergeron and Andrew Bock, who finished 10th. The duo began the tournament with victories over Ty Stranghoner and Jackson Oxle of Bishop Carroll (3, 3), and Jacob Thompson and Leon Hoffman of Andover Central (2, 4).
The duo then lost to Pierce Carey and Matt Berneking of Salina South (0, 2) and Berett Hollis and Toby Beeman of Arkansas City (9-1). Bock and Bergeron bounced back with a victory over Jack Domnick and Cole Hardin of Maize South (9-5).
They then lost in the ninth-place match against Mason Courbot and James Michel of Salina Central (9-5) to finish the season with an 8-4 record.
Mill Valley’s lone representative in the singles tournament, Jansen McCabe, went 0-2 and finished his sophomore season with a 20-8 record.
St. James was led by the doubles team of Caleb Book and Ben Robke, who finished 12th. They kicked off the tournament with a victory over Seth Law and Christian Nguyen of Bishop Carroll (4, 3) before losing to Micah Hashman and Nick Powers of Pittsburg (2, 3).
The duo bounced back with wins over Ty Stranghoner and Jackson Oxle of Bishop Carroll (9-4), and Tristin Herbst and Nathan Jones of Valley Center (9-8). They finished out the tournament with losses to Adam Ford and Jerod Fox of Newton (9-6), and Jack Domnick and Cole Hardin of Maize South (9-5).
Book and Robke finished their season with an 8-7 record. The Thunder’s other doubles team of Andrew Englander and Josh Spradlin went 0-2 to finish the season with a mark of 5-6.
St. James’ Clay Feldman went 0-2 in the singles tournament to finish the season with a 15-11 record. Isaac Howes went 1-2 in the singles tournament to finish the year with a record of 19-11.
Jon Poorman is the sports editor at The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @JonPoorman for all of the latest community sports news.