Oilers’ tennis players sidelined
Two-time Central Plains doubles state qualifiers Brynna Hammeke/Kyla Metro (19-1) will be sidelined for Friday’s 3-1A regional at WaKeeney because Hammeke is out with an injury. Hammeke/Kyla Metro finished 31-5 and 26-5 the past two years placing third and fifth at the 3-1A state tournament.
Oiler singles player Lauren Oeser (6-4) is also out and doubles partner Grace Lamatsch has missed court time.
Central Plains coach Gary Bittner said it’s likely that Kyla Metro (8-1) will play singles and Ashlyn Armstrong/Ryann Metro (2-1) will play doubles. If Lamatsch returns, she’ll team with Ryann Metro (7-15) in doubles. Armstrong (12-14) will return to singles.
Hoisington’s doubles teams Tessa Fry/Mallory Reif (17-7) and Emilee Baze/Cheyenne Martinz (11-3) form competitive tandems at WaKeeney.
3A SCOTT CITY – Larned features four strong entries – Ella McNett (20-6), Sarah Manry (18-2), Kathryn Holt/Abby Holt (17-7) and Arianna Hemken/Breanna Hemken (12-6). The Holt sisters lost a state qualifying match last year to Scott City’s Rhiley Stoppel/Madison Westergard 4-6, 6-1 (10-7) last year. St. John will also compete.
5A NEWTON – Great Bend will compete Saturday at Valley Center. No. 2 singles Kaylin Wahlmeier (18-14) laced runner-up in a 8-5 loss to Garden City’s Alivia Palmer at Monday’s Western Athletic Conference girls tennis championship. The Panthers’ No. 2 doubles Tania Molina/Sahara Rhiza (7-9) placed third with a 8-3 victory over Dodge City’s Annicka Hernandez/Cait Pfaff.
6 SINGLES, 6 DOUBLES QUALIFY
5A NEWON (10-9)—Emporia, Great Bend (Kaylin Wahlmeier 18-14, Laura Daniel 9-18, Tania Molina/Sahara Rhiza 7-9, Taylor Lashley/Samantha Mayers 3-26), Hays High, Maize, Newton, Salina Central, Salina South, Valley Center
3-1A SCOTT CITY (10-8/9)—Ashland, Cimarron, Colby, South Central, Goodland, Kiowa County, Larned (Ella McNett 20-6, Sarah Manry 18-2; Kathryn Holt/Abby Holt 17-7, Arianna Hemken/ Breanna Hemken 12-6); Meade, Minneola, Scott City, St. John (Hannah Son 1-8, Addi Ward/Blair Doggett 3-18, Giselle Ramirez/ Evelyn Lopez 3-10) Tribune Greeley County
3-1A WAKEENEY (10-8/9)—Beloit, Central Plains (Ashlyn Armstrong 12-14, Kyla Metro 8-1, Grace Lamatsch/ Ryann Metro 7-15); Ellinwood (Kiley Troyer 4-14, Kiley Stevenson 5-23, Ava Thill/Mahra Johnston 8-9, Grace Hoskins/Madisyn Schlochtermeier 4-11), Ellsworth, Hoisington (Ashlynn George 8-21, Emma Willesden 6-11, Tessa Fry/Mallory Reif 17-7, Emilee Baze/ Cheyenne Martinz 11-3), Lyons, Norton, Osborne, Phillipsburg, Sterling, Victoria, WaKeeney Trego