Circle High School hosted a varsity tennis invitational in Towanda on Tuesday, April 18. Eight teams traveled to compete at the invitational, with Parsons High School coming out on top with a team score of 57.
El Dorado finished in third place with 41 points behind Wellington and Parsons. Logan Stenseng competed in the No. 1 singles tournament and finished in fifth place. After losing the first set to Wichita Classical’s Chris Davis 8-3, Stenseng dominated in his final two sets to take fifth place. Stenseng beat Augusta’s Carson Stevenson 8-2, and then proceeded to beat Cortland Cox of Independence by a score of 8-2 in the fifth place contest. Adam Haines finished in fourth place in the No. 2 singles tournament. Haines beat Circle’s Logan Phillips in a tiebreaker in the first round, but then lost to the eventual tournament champion in the next round, and then lost to Parson’s Isaac Stringer in the third-place set.
Tyler Johnson and Mason Holmes made up El Dorado’s No. 1 doubles team, who finished in second and contributed 18 points to the Wildcats team score. The duo of Holmes and Johnson played their way to the championship, before losing to Kyle Hutley and Adam Ball of Parsons by a score of 8-5. Holmes and Johnson beat Augusta’s Adam Kroeker and Joe Lowry 8-1, and went on to outlast Dan Grice and Kyle Woods of Independence, as the Wildcats won 8-6 before falling in the championship. In the No. 2 doubles tournament Brock Harvey and Nate Rhodes finished in fifth place, as the team lost their first set in a tiebreaker to Wellington. Harvey and Rhodes won their next two sets 8-0 and 8-3 against Circle and Wichita Classical.
Augusta finished in a tie for fourth place as a team with 33 points. The Orioles tied with Wichita Collegiate. Augusta’s Dylan Stevenson made it to the championship of the No. 2 singles tournament before losing to Wellington’s Will Long. Augusta’s No. 1 doubles team of Adam Kroeker and Joe Lowry lost their first set, before winning their next two and placing fifth. The duo beat Collegiate 8-5 in the fifth-place set.
Circle finished in eight as a team with nine points. The Thunderbirds’ highest finisher was Logan Phillips, who finished fifth in the No. 2 singles tournament. Carson Mosier competed in the No. 1 singles tournament for Circle and finished in seventh place after beating Stevenson of Augusta by a score of 8-3 and score three points for the Thunderbirds.