HHS tennis: Season ends for boys at regional

The Hillsboro High School tennis team recorded two victories Thursday at the Hillsboro 3A tennis regional, but failed to qualify any member for the state tournament.

"I felt like the team came in with some good momentum because the guys played well at league," head coach Stu Holmes said. "Unfortunately, we didn't play well enough, long enough, at regionals."

Mark Prieb and Clay Shewey each earned first-round victories, but ended their seasons with second-round losses.

Shewey went into the tournament as a number four seed, and quickly dispatched number 13 Trenton Colburn Republic County, 6-0, 6-0.

Prieb was seeded seventh against number 10 Alex Lesperance of Hutchinson Trinity.

Prieb did his best Shewey impression, knocking off Lesperance with scores of 6-2, 6-0.

Neither faired as well in round two as Shewey lost 6-2, 6-1, and Prieb 6-1,6-0.

A victory in round two would have qualified both for state competition.

Taylor Hagen and Ben Heyen went into the doubles tournament as the higher six seed against a duo from Sterling seeded 11th.

Hagen and Heyen dropped their first set 6-4, but came back to tie the match at one with a victory by the same score.

They didn't have it in game three however, falling 6-1.

"The guys just couldn't seem to get their momentum back," Holmes said of the third game.

Jarod Hamm and Mathew Brown were the final Trojan competitors, as the entered doubles play as a 12 seed.

A duo from Ellinwood was a five seed, and they dispatched of Hamm and Brown, 6-3, 6-0.

Holmes thanked his seniors, Brown, Heyen, and Prieb for their efforts.

"I want to recognize them for their good leadership and play," he said. "They all have given a great effort this year and are excellent students as well as young men who have many outstanding character traits and will be missed."