Facing stiff competition in a 10-school tournament, Harry Faber led the Hillsboro tennis team with a fifth-place finish in singles at the Hesston Invitational last Wednesday.
With 21 players in a combined bracket, Faber received a bye in the play-in round, then won by default against Austin Brown of Wichita Trinity. In his first competition on the court, the Trojan senior lost 8-2 to Peter Horton of McPherson. He then defeated Michael Ryan of Central Plains 8-6 and Dylan Stos of McPherson 8-7 (5) in the fifth-place match.
“To earn a medal at this tourney is an achievement, so Harry’s fifth-place medal shows he is continuing to progress this year as we head into the final stages of the season,” coach Stuart Holmes said.
Two other Trojans played singles. Daniel Gray won his play-in match with Ethan Crowther of Smoky Valley 8-1, then lost 8-3 to Dean Dahlsten of Hesston Red and 8-3 to Tyler Wright of Buhler before defeating Brown by default in the 15th-place match.
Ty Carey lost his singles play-in match to Wright 8-0, then lost 8-1 to David Kitzinger of Hesston Black and 8-3 to David Geidel of Hesston Black in the 19th-place match.
Hillsboro’s lone doubles team of Tyler Funk and Jeff Pritchard placed 16th among 19 entries. The duo defeated Schneider and Meier of Smoky Valley in the play-in round, then lost to Banning and DeLuca of Hutch Trinity 8-0 in the next round. The Trojan pair then lost 8-2 to Byers and Caywood, 8-6 to Demel and Lamatsch and 8-7 (3) to Kock and Davis of Conway Springs.
In team results, McPherson claimed the title with 120 points, followed by Hesston Red 108, Central Plains 84, Buhler 71, Conway Springs 65, Hutch Trinity 60, Hillsboro 39, Hesston Black 36, Wichita Trinity 32 and Smoky Valley 25.
Coming—Hillsboro was scheduled to wrap up the regular season Tuesday with the Central Kansas League tournament at Pratt.
Regionals are set for Friday morning, hosted by Wichita Independent. Joining the Trojans and the host team will be Douglass, Haven, Hutch Trinity, Neodesha and Sterling.