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Hesston Record 10.16


Hesston Record 10.16

5 Hesston Netters Qualify For State

Posted 10/16/2014

Blake Spurney

Hesston Record Staff

PRATT — Five Hesston Lady Swathers tennis players are headed to the state tournament Friday in Dodge City.

Singles player Morgan Holopirek and the doubles tandems of Kaitlyn Schrock and Abigail Decker and Tessa Isaac and Katelyn Hageman qualified for state by finishing in the top six at the regional tournament this past weekend at Wichita Collegiate. Olivia Brubacher fell one win short of reaching state. Overall, the team finished second to Collegiate.

Holopirek, who qualified for state Saturday by winning her first two matches, won her third-place match. The regional tournament was postponed a day due to weather, and all of the Lady Swathers returned Sunday to complete the tournament.

Both doubles pairs won their first matches Sunday. But then they had the unenviable task of playing each other in the fifth-place match. Schrock and Decker came out on top in the internecine contest.

Holopirek fell behind 4-1 in the first set of her second match Saturday against Wichita Collegiate's Emily Ramsey, but she rallied for a 6-4, 6-1 victory.

"Mentally, it well well," Holopirek said Saturday. "I prayed every game point. That helped a lot. I stayed positive. I never got down on myself."

Ramsey previously beat Holopirek at the Collegiate Tournament of Champions Sept. 27 at Collegiate.

"I wanted to get even very badly," Holopirek said.

On Sunday, she knocked off Madison Thrasher, who also previously had beat her this season.

Isaac and Hageman also stayed positive in the quarterfinal loss to Collegiate’s two-time state champions on Saturday.

"We didn't really have anything to lose with that one," Hageman said. "So we just played our best."

Isaac said she and her partner played a lot better against Stallbaumer and Wagler since losing to them earlier in the season.

"I think we've been playing pretty well today," she said.

Their strong play continued Sunday when they defeated Collegiate’s Cody and Maloney after dropping the first set 5-7.

Schrock and Decker defeated Sterling's No. 7-ranked duo of Wilson and Gilmore on Saturday before falling to Haven's No. 2-ranked pair of Sam Stallbaumer and Mary Wagler.

Before the decision was made to continue regionals on Sunday afternoon, Schrock said the anticipation of waiting for one more match that could send her and Decker to state was overwhelming.

"It's going to be nerve-wracking, but we have to play confident and make sure we don't make a bunch of mistakes," she said.

Coach Travis Sebits said Schrock and Decker played some of their best tennis of the season at regionals. He also said he was extremely proud of Brubacher’s play. The field was the toughest and deepest in Class 321A. According to him, she would have certainly qualified for state at any other regional.

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Parents Night On Friday

Posted 10/16/2014

Record Staff

Parents of senior football, cross country and tennis players and spirit squad members will get in free Friday for Parents Night in the district opener against Hillsboro at Hobbs Stadium.

Parents are asked to bring a postcard emailed by the school and to enter through the pass gate. The admittance coupon also provides for a free soft drink or candy at the concession stand.

Parents will line up in alphabetical order by sport by 6:30 p.m. in the north end zone. They will then escort their athlete onto the field for introductions.

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Council Grove Now A Home Game

Posted 10/16/2014

Blake Spurney

Hesston Record Staff

Hesston picked up a home game in the district football playoffs due to a scheduling mix-up.

The Swathers' schedule initially listed the Oct. 24 game at Council Grove, but that game instead will be played at Hobbs Stadium.

Athletic Director Clint Stoppel said the information he sent to the Kansas State High School Activities Association showed Council Grove as the home team. Council Grove's athletic director, who was in the process of leaving, had the game listed as being played at Hesston.

Council Grove’s new athletic director, Casey Maransani, said he didn’t know what happened at the scheduling meetings, but the contract he signed was for Council Grove to play at Hesston.

Stoppel said Council Grove couldn't find an officiating crew on short notice, so the location was switched because Hesston's staff secured an officiating crew for that date. The scheduling change this season means that Hesston will be traveling to Council Grove next year.

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