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Shewey qualifies for state in tennis

Hillsboro High School No. 1 singles player Grant Shewey qualified for the state tournament Friday and Saturday in Hillsboro after winning three matches in the regional tournament Friday hosted by Wichita Collegiate.

Shewey defeated Wesley Wescoat of Chaparral, 6-1 and 6-0. He lost to Travis Osland of Wichita Collegiate, 6-3 and 6-3, He then defeated teammate Jarod Hamm, 6-1 and 6-3, and Eric Banning of Hutch Trinity, 6-1 and 6-0 to place fifth in the tournament; the top six tennis players qualify for state. Shewey is heading into state with a 18-8 record.

“Grant continues his strong play and will make his second appearance at state,” coach Stuart Holmes said. “Winning three matches at regionals is impressive.”

Jarod Hamm defeated Dan Engro of Douglas, 6-0 and 6-2, but lost to Jake Norman of Wichita Independent, 6-0 and 6-0, before losing to Shewey in the state qualifying match.

“I think Jarod would have made it to state in any of the other three regionals — ours was very tough,” Holmes said. “Jarod finishes his senior season as an all-league player and the third-place medalist in No. 2 singles.”

Hillsboro No. 1 doubles team of Harry Faber and Daniel Gray lost to Wichita Independent, 6-0 and 6-3.

The No. 2 doubles team of Diego Castillo and Jeff Pritchard lost to Wichita Collegiate, 6-0 and 6-0.

Hillsboro finished fourth as a team in regionals, tied with Conway Springs.

Last modified May 11, 2011

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