ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
Hillsboro tennis teams finished fifth and eighth at the eight-team Hillsboro Invitational on Thursday at the Sports Complex.
Conway Springs won the tournament with 70 team points. Hutchinson Trinity followed with 52, Smoky Valley 39, Chapman 37, Hillsboro 36, Circle 25, Nickerson 18 and Hillsboro Red 2.
Kyle Kroeker placed third in No. 1 singles to pace Hillsboro Gold. He defeated Phillip Zimmerman, then lost in the semifinals to the eventual champion, Brandon Ewertz of Conway Springs (0-8), before coming back to beat Derek Ohl of Hutch Trinity (8-5).
Justin Hein went 0-2 in No. 2 singles for the Gold team, losing to Kyle Hoover of Chapman (6-8), then gaining a bye in the next round before losing to Kyle Smith of Smoky Valley (2-8) in the battle for fifth.
In No. 1 doubles, Macy Fadenrecht and Peter Fast placed fifth, losing to Rockwell and Sullivan in the first round, then defeating Adam Dirks and Caleb Barkman of Hillsboro Red in the second round (8-1) before beating Atchison and Stull of Circle (8-2) in the fifth-place match.
In No. 2 doubles, Wade Kimbrel and Robert Jost of Hillsboro Gold defeated Butler and Smith of Circle (8-7 [7-2]) in the first round, lost to DeWitt and Chambers of Smoky Valley (2-8) in the semifinals before losing to Wise and Thibault of Trinity in the battle for third.
For Hillsboro Red, Luke Lilly lost in No. 1 singles top Ohl of Trinity (5-8), Jake Peterson of Smoky Valley (1-8) and Kris Keffer of Nickerson (7-8 [3-7]) to place eighth.
In No. 2 singles, Michael Fisher lost to Jarod Creed of Conway Springs (0-8), Smith of Smoky Valley (3-8) and placed seventh by virtue of a bye.
In No. 1 doubles, Dirks and Barkman lost to the champions, Rasmussen and May of Conway Springs (0-8), before losing to Fadenrecht and Fast and then Murphy and Albrecht of Chapman (1-8).
In No. 2 doubles, Michael Bosworth and Tyler Krich lost to Robinson and Creed of Conway Springs (0-8), Brown and Dill of Chapman (0-8) and Butler and Smith of Circle (0-8) to place eighth.
Coming-The Trojans will be back in action Thursday with a 3 p.m. tournament at Circle. On Saturday, the Trojans travel to Hesston, where matches begin at 9 a.m.