Missouri Class 1 and 2 tennis tournaments will be held Thursday to Saturday at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield.
The team races
The Rockhurst Hawklets have been a fixture at the state tennis tournament over the past two decades, accounting for 15 titles since 1996.
Yet their Missouri Class 2 semifinal matchup Thursday offers an opportunity for payback. The unbeaten Hawklets (12-0) will face Rock Bridge (17-1) at 9 a.m., a year after Rock Bridge upended them in the state final. The winner will play for the state championship later in the afternoon.
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In Missouri Class 1, Pembroke Hill has cruised through the postseason without dropping a match. The Raiders (12-1) will face Springfield Catholic (18-1) at 9 a.m. Thursday. Pembroke Hill finished runner-up last season.
A Carson-Carson rematch
Staley’s Carson Gates is back in the Class 2 singles tournament after losing to fellow sophomore Carson Haskins (Parkway South) in last year’s championship match. It was his only loss of the season, which he finished 30-1.
Gates, now a junior, will work his way up from the bottom of the bracket in hopes of a rematch with top-ranked Haskins, who’s won two straight Class 2 singles titles. Gates’ first match is against Evan Sacks (Wentzville-Liberty) on Friday.
Ethan Henry (Lee’s Summit), Blaise Fagan (Kirkwood), Kamran Farid (Rock Bridge), Zach Grueber (Rock Bridge) and Donovan Walsh (Rockhurst) will join Gates in the Class 2 tournament.
Arkansas signee Josh Bortnick (Pembroke Hill) and junior Bradley Frye, who returned to Barstow after spending his sophomore season playing tournaments, will play in the Class 1 singles tournament. Frye lost to teammate Fletcher Scott in the 2015 championship.
Rockhurst junior Collin Klumb was the only Kansas City-area player to capture a Missouri title last year. He won the Class 2 doubles championship with senior Justin Nogalski, beating Kenji Yanaba and Dillon Youngberg of Parkway West 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.
Klumb returned to the courts with a new partner in Henry Goeke. The pair will face Republic’s Case Birlew and Hunter Creek in the opening round.
Looking to end Rockhurst’s reign in Class 2 are teams from Rock Bridge (Kavin Anand and Luke Bouchard) and Park Hill (Chandler To and Cooper Hayes), which play in the first round of the same bracket.
In a lower bracket, Jacob Mcfee and Grant Martin of Park Hill will play Rock Bridge’s Brian Baker and Jake Frauerfelder.
Rockhurst’s team of Owen Dixon and Graham Colombo also earned a spot in the Class 2 doubles tournament.
Seth Forstner and Lane Rogers of Excelsior Springs qualified for the Class 1 tournament. Pembroke Hill will have two doubles teams playing — Nathan Turtledove and Garrett Kincaid; and Thomas Thornton and Matthew Gernon.