Led by first- and second-place finishes in singles, the Hillsboro tennis team claimed third place in the second of back-to-back home tournaments Tuesday, April 12.
Five days after finishing fourth at the Hills?boro Invita?tional, the Trojans placed third at the seven-team Trojan Invita?tional at the Sports Complex.
Jarod Hamm won No. 2 singles and Grant Shewey was the runner-up in No. 1 singles, accounting for 32 of Hillsboro?s 43 team points.
Hesston claimed the team title on a tie-breaker with Wichita Trinity. Both teams compiled 51 points, but Hesston won a higher percentage of total games to take the title.
Trailing Hillsboro were Wichita Independent with 40 points, Wichita Collegiate with 29 and Neodesha and Sterling with 27 each.
Hamm claimed his individual title by defeating Shiv Dalla of Collegi?ate 8-3, Jon Nygaard of Trinity 8-3 and Jacob Penner of Hesston 8-5.
?Jarod not only played especially sharp, but also did a good job of staying mentally tough through the ups and downs that are sure to come with each match?and did,? coach Stuart Holmes said.
In No. 1 singles, Shewey beat Kyle Cheshire of Neodesha 8-1 and Keegan LeFevre of Hesston 8-1 before losing 8-0 in the title match to Jacob Maddox of Independent, one of the top players in the state.
?Grant had an excellent day with very few unforced errors in his first two matches,? Holmes said.
Hillsboro?s No. 1 doubles team of Harry Faber and Daniel Gray lost 8-1 in the first round to the eventual champions Arm?strong and Parker of Trinity. The Trojan duo then defeated Mirza and Bour?land of Collegi?ate 8-5 and Rails?back and Fyfe of Neodesha 8-1 to claim fifth place.In No. 2 doubles, Tyler Funk and Jeff Prichard lost to Kriwiel and Zimmerman of Trinity 8-1 and Warrington and Farmer of Neodesha 8-4 before claiming seventh place by virtue of a bye.
Coming?The Trojans will compete Thursday at Sterling, then at Hesston the following Tuesday.