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May 16, 2014

Kansas boys tennis state tournament: Five things to watch

Kansas boys tennis state tournaments will be played on Friday and Saturday at various sties. Here are five storylines to watch.

Kansas boys tennis state tournaments will be played today and Saturday at various sites.

1. Can Johnny Goodwin win?

Kansas City Christian junior Johnny Goodwin is 26-0 going into this week’s Class 3-2-1A state championship, which includes an individual title last week at the Immaculata Regional. He won the title as a freshman and finished second last year, but looks like the favorite this time around.

2. Can SM East repeat?

Shawnee Mission East is going for its third straight Class 6A boys tennis state title and it may not be too far out of reach. Senior Brooks Kendall is 20-3, with Sunflower League and regional titles under his belt. He finished third the last two seasons, but the top two finishers both graduated. Jack Santilli also qualified in singles, and the Lancers will have Jamie McDonald and Elliott Renft as well as Jeff Larrabee and Matt Schuetz in doubles.

3. Mill Valley in Class 5A

The Jaguars finished second in their Class 5A regional last week, qualifying two individuals and two doubles teams. The two singles players are seniors Paul Dresvyannikov, who is 16-2, and Eric Howes, who is 17-7. In doubles, the Jags will be represented by seniors Joe Vincent and Connor Mills and freshmen Alec Bergeron and Andrew Bock.

4. Bishop Miege doubles

The Stags finished first and second in doubles at the De Soto Regional, and both teams are going to state in Class 4A. Luke Powell and John Schultz took the title and improved to 18-4 with a victory against Nate Mohler and Tom Anjard, who are 16-4. The Stags also have two singles players going: Michael Wood and Will Grier.

5. Road to 6A title ...

Since 2008, the Class 6A state title has rested in Johnson County, and it looks like the trend should continue this year. Shawnee Mission East is currently on top of the Kansas Tennis Coaches Association rankings, followed by Blue Valley Northwest, Blue Valley North, Olathe Northwest and Blue Valley West.

To reach Kathleen Gier, call 816-234-4875 or send email to kgier@kcstar.com.

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