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Kansas state tennis roundup: SM East claims 6A crown, more KC winners

Posted: 9:24 PM, May 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-11 22:37:17-04
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Shawnee Mission Northwest had the Kansas Class 6A boys’ tennis state singles champion and Blue Valley Northwest produced the state doubles champion Saturday at the College Boulevard Activity Center in Olathe.

But it was Shawnee Mission East’s depth in both singles and doubles that propelled the Lancers to a team title.

Doubles pair Hayden Leatherwood and Jacob Tilton edged teammates Hudson Mosher and Sam Freund in the doubles third-place match to lead the way for SM East.

Jake Louiselle placed sixth and Blake Eason finished eighth for the Lancers in singles action.

It is SM East's first state title since 2014 and record 11th overall since Kansas began awarding team championships in 1986.

Individually, SMNW's Nam Pham beat Olathe West's Brett Seaton 6-0, 6-0 for the 6A singles title, while BVNW’s Brent Fallon and Alex Mojica topped BV West’s Dylan Yan and Delvin Ko 6-0, 6-2 in the doubles final.

BV West, which had won the last two state crowns, finished second and BV Northwest, which won 6A in 2015 and 2016, finished third behind SM East.

At other state tourney sites, Kansas City Christian’s Owen Vander Ark won the Kansas 3-2-1A state singles title at Harmon Park in Prairie Village.

KCC finished second as a team behind Wichita Collegiate.

It is the program's best finish since winning the 3-2-1A crown in 2014.

At the Kansas Class 5A state tournament in Topeka, St. James Academy finished third as a team led by Adam Burks, who was the state runner-up in singles competition.

Finally, the top local finisher at the Kansas 4A state tournament in Pratt was Bishop Miege singles player Evan Acuff, who finished third.