Harry Faber placed second in singles to lead the Hillsboro tennis team to a third-place finish Thursday in the seven-team Hillsboro Invitational at the Sports Complex.
Hutchinson Trinity won the event with 42 points, edging Conway Springs by one point. Hillsboro scored 21, followed by Sterling (20), Circle (16), Smoky Valley (15) and Chapman (11).
Coach Stuart Holmes said Faber’s performance was a highlight, given the 14 entries in a combined singles bracket.
“He had three nice wins and played solid in all aspects of the game,” Holmes said.
Faber lost the championship match to Ross Rasmussen of Conway Springs, 8-2. He started the day with an 8-1 win over Stan Williams of Chapman, then defeated Nate Clennan of Trinity, 8-0, and Zach Brasher of Sterling, 8-3.
Also playing singles for Hillsboro was Daniel Gray, who won his opening match against Grant Bellar of Conway Springs, 8-3, then lost 8-2 to both Tony Treweeke of Circle and Evan Bentley of Trinity, before dropping an 8-1 decision to Clennan in the seventh-place match.
“Daniel hasn’t played much competitive singles, but did a great job of consistently making shots and staying focused,” Holmes said.
In doubles, the team of Tyler Funk and Jeff Pritchard went 2-2 to place 10th. They lost in the first round to Nelson and Stroud of Chapman, 8-5, then defeated Lister and Wallace of Circle, 8-3, and McPherson and Crosby of Sterling, 8-6, before losing the ninth-place match to Hunter and Keplar of Circle, 8-7 (7-5).
The doubles team of Ty Carey and River Cecil went 0-3, losing 8-3 to Fink and O’Neal of Chapman, 8-1 to Hunter and Keplar and 8-6 to Fisher and Haist of Conway Springs.
Smoky Valley—Hillsboro finished sixth among eight teams at the Ron Dahlsten Tennis Classic in Lindsborg April 2.
Harry Faber placed ninth in singles. He lost a close first-round match to Will Bochte of Smoky Valley, 8-7 (2), before defeating Zachary Baldauf of Hesston, 8-4, Isaac Sprague of Concordia by default and David Kitzinger of Hesston 8-3.
Jeff Pritchard lost in singles to Keegan LeFevre of Hesston, 8-0, Trapper Bellah of Smoky Valley, 8-2, and Joel Timme of Concordia, 6-4.
In doubles, Tyler Funk and Daniel Gray placed ninth. They lost 8-5 in the first round to Bhakta and Foreman of Pratt, then defeated Sheely and Whitney of Concordia, 8-4, Koop and Schiffner of Smoky Valley, 8-4, and Hoeckel and Karim of Wichita Collegiate 8-7 (7-2).
In doubles, Ty Carey and River Cecil lost to Kahmeyer and Kurz of Pratt, 8-0, Meier and Crowther of Smoky Valley, 8-6, and Hoeckel and Karin, 8-2.
“All the guys played better as the day went along,” coach Stuart Holmes said. “So it was good to see the focus and effort paying off with some good play at the end of the day.”
Hesston won the team title with 50 points, followed by Abilene (47), Pratt (37), Collegiate (30), Smoky Valley Black (17), Hillsboro (8), Concordia (7) and Smoky Valley Orange (2).
Conway Springs—Hillsboro opened its season March 28 with a fourth-place finish at a four-team round-robin event at Conway Springs.
Harry Faber claimed second place by going 2-1 in No. 1 singles. Jeff Pritchard went 0-3 in No. 2 singles. Daniel Gray and Tyler Funk went 0-3 in No. 1 doubles and Ty Carey and River Cecil followed suit at No. 2.
Conway Springs won the event with 25 points, followed by Wichita Trinity (17), McPherson (12) and Hillsboro (6).