Hefley tastes first defeat at Hesston

Amber Hefley’s undefeated season finally came to an end Thursday at the Hesston Invitational Thursday.

The Hillsboro senior, who had won her first three tournaments of the season, had eased into the second round of this one with an 8-0 opening win over Ilana Fromer of Wichita Collegiate.

Hefley was leading 6-3 in the semifinal round against Katrina Broadhagen of Hesston, but ended up losing 6-8. Flustered, Hefley then lost the third-place match to Danielle Patton of Wichita Independent, 1-8.

Hefley was the only Trojan entry to come away with even one win.

In No. 2 singles, Hillsboro’s Kelli Just lost her two matches to Jamie Johnson of Smoky Valley, 0-8, and Stef Gasper of Sacred Heart, 2-8.

In No. 1 doubles, Hillsboro’s Candace Barkman and Angie Claassen lost to Pringle and Miller of Maize, 0-8, and O’Halloran and Mullett of Hesston, 2-8.

The Trojans’ No. 2 doubles team of Erin Wiebe and Emily Railsback lost to Homolka and Kirmer of Claflin, 0-8, and Polan and Cornette of Wichita Independence, 4-8.

As a team, Hillsboro came in last in the eight-team tournament. Maize won, followed by Claflin, Hesston, Smoky Valley, Wichita Collegiate, Wichita Independent and Sacred Heart.

Smoky Valley Invit’l

Amber Hefley won her third straight singles title of the season Sept. 6 at the Smoky Valley Tennis Invitational.

Hefley defeated Jessica Schmitz of Abilene, 8-0, MaryAnne Talbott of Smoky Valley, 8-6, and Katie Licht of McPherson, 8-6, to win the title.

Megan Vogel, playing No. 2 singles for Hillsboro, lost to Amanda Schrag of Hesston, 4-8, defeated Danielle Sides of McPherson, 6-3, and then beat Sheena Miller of Abilene, 6-1, to place fifth.

Candace Barkman and Angie Claassen, playing No. 1 doubles, lost their opening match to Miller and Miller of McPherson, 0-8, and then lost to Mullett and O’Halloran of Hesston, 0-6.

The Trojans’ No. 2 doubles team of Erin Wiebe and Emily Railsback lost to Hamilton and Jansen of Hesston, then beat Bacon and Bergkamp of Hutchinson Trinity, 6-1, before losing to Brown and Jackson of Abilene, 1-6, in the battle for fifth place.

As a team, Hillsboro placed fifth in the eight-team tournament. McPherson won with 48 points, followed by Claflin with 38, Hesston and Smoky Valley 32, Hillsboro 20, Abilene 6, Chapman 7 and Hutch Trinity 2.

Coming-The Trojans travel to Towanda Thursday to play in the Circle Invitational, then play at Wichita Collegiate next Tuesday. Both atches begin at 3 p.m.

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