By Blake Spurney
Hesston Record Staff
All four Hesston Lady Swathers who competed in the Class 321A state tournament Friday and Saturday in Dodge City brought home medals.
Kaitlyn Schrock and Abigail Decker defeated teammates Katelyn Hageman and Tessa Isaac 9-6 in the seventh-place match Saturday. Both tandems won their first match and lost their second before reeling off three straight wins.
Coach Travis Sebits said all the Lady Swathers played well and found ways to win some close matchers.
Sebits said the girls all felt a well-deserved feeling of accomplishment as medalists at the state tournament.
Hesston placed fifth as a team with 17 points. The Lady Swathers, who fell just three points of winning a second-place trophy, certainly would have benefited from the presence of Morgan Holopirek, who has missed more than a week of school due to illness.
Sebits said he believed Holopirek would have finished between second-fifth at state based on her record during the season. That would have earned the Lady Swathers second place by a wide margin.
Holopirek had beaten third-place finisher Allison Weber twice this season, and she beat fourth-place finisher Emily Ramsey at the regional tournament.
Bonnie Holopirek, Morgan’s mother said her daughter’s eyes swelled shut the day after the Central Kansas League tournament on Oct. 4. Bonnie thought Morgan had pink eye, and Morgan rode home with her parents.
Morgan’s doctor thought her condition was a continuation of a sinus infection she got in September. She underwent a painful shot, eye drops and antibiotics. She managed to get well enough to finish third at regionals. Two days before the Lady Swathers were going to make the trip to Dodge City, Morgan told her mother she didn’t feel well. Bonnie told her to come home, but Morgan stayed in school and went to practice, where she lay on the tennis court and shivered, Bonnie said.
“By Thursday, we knew there was no chance of state tennis,” Bonnie said. “She was very disappointed and heartbroken.”
The high temperatures and coughing continued, and Morgan received two more painful shots that have left her arm and hips bruised. She found out Tuesday that she had pneumonia, and she will miss at least the rest of classes this week.