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    Topeka-area boys tennis players compete at Kansas state tournament


    16 Topeka-area athletes were in action today as the Kansas State High School Activities Association spring sports state tournament season began.

    Seven of them, four from Topeka West and three from Washburn Rural made it to day two.

    Here’s how all the Topeka-area athletes fared on day one.

    5A at Topeka-Kossover Tennis Center

    Singles

    Topeka West

    Topeka West's James Maag serves the ball at the state tournament on Friday May.  13, 2022, at Kossover Tennis Court in Topeka, Kan.

    Sophomore James Maag: First round bye, lost first match to Blue Valley Southwest sophomore Sanjay Rajkumar (6-1, 6-1), won second match over Great Bend junior Brendyn Schroeder (9-0), lost third match Kapaun Mt. Carmel senior Trevor Sweat (9-0).

    Sophomore Caden McGee: Lost first match to Goddard Eisenhower freshman Kyle King (6-0, 6-0), lost second match to Kapaun Mt. Carmel senior Trevor Sweat (9-1).

    Seaman

    Seaman's Justin Kruse stretches for the return on Friday May.  13, 2022, at Kossover Tennis Court in Topeka, Kan.

    Senior Justin Kruse: Won first match against Great Bend junior Brendyn Schroeder (6-2, 6-0), lost second match to Mill Valley senior Gage Foltz (6-0, 6-0), lost third match to Andover Central senior Leon Grzesik (9-7)

    Shawnee Heights

    Shawnee Heights' Jaden Rodriguez tracks the ball on Friday May.  13, 2022, at Kossover Tennis Court in Topeka, Kan.

    Senior Jaden Rodriguez: Lost first match to Maize South sophomore Logan Garrison (6-3, 7-5), won second match over Leavenworth Freshman Jack Harris (9-7), lost third match to Emporia senior Brenden Kienholz (9-0) .

    Doubles

    Topeka West

    Topeka West's Ian Cusick returns the ball on day one of the state tournament on Friday May.  13, 2022, at Kossover Tennis Court in Topeka, Kan.

    Juniors Miles and Ian Cusick: First round bye, won first match over Kapaun Mt. Carmel seniors Gavin Bhargava and Johnathan McIlvain (6-3, 6-3), won second match over Maize South freshman Hudson Grizzell and senior Noah Rodriguez (6- 0, 6-1), will face Salina Central seniors Collin and Connor Phelps in winners semifinals on Saturday

    Topeka West's Gavin Chavez reacts after scoring on Friday May.  13, 2022, at Kossover Tennis Court in Topeka, Kan.

    Junior Carter Cool and senior Gavin Chavez: First round bye, lost first match to Ark City sophomore Oakley O’Donnell and freshman Dawson O’Donnell (6-2, 6-4), won second match over Spring Hill senior Derek Funkhouser and junior Connor Rodenbeck (9-0), won third match over Blue Valley Southwest sophomore Emmett Wirth and junior Jedrick Wilson, will face Maize South freshman Hudson Grizzell and senior Noah Rodriguez in losers quarterfinals on Saturday.

    Shawnee Heights

    Shawnee Heights' Garrison Johnson returns the ball Friday May.  13, 2022, at Kossover Tennis Court in Topeka, Kan.

    Seniors Christian and Garrison Johnson: Won first match over Spring Hill senior Derek Funkhouser and junior Connor Rodenbeck (6-0, 7-5), lost second match to Newton juniors Justin Franz and Otis Musser (6-1, 6-2), lost third match to Maize seniors Gavin Metz and Austin Rey (9-7).

    6A at Olathe-College Boulevard Activity Center

    Washburn Rural

    Singles

    Senior Mason Thieu: First round bye, lost first match to Blue Valley Northwest senior Alex Mojica (4-6, 6-3, 10-3), won second match over Haysville Campus junior Ryan Nguyen (9-3), won third match over Haysville Campus junior Jacob Bush (9-2), will face Shawnee Mission South senior Peyton Peck on Saturday in losers quarterfinals

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