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Ellsworth Tennis makes history at State

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Central Plains doubles team of Hammeke and Metro take third, fourth overall

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    Ellsworth High School Lady Bearcats, from left, Stephanie Soukup, Jaycee Cunningham, Maggie Windholz and Nicole Haase with the third place state tennis trophy they brought back to Ellsworth this past weekend. ERIC ANDERSON/Courtesy photo

The Ellsworth High School Lady Bearcats Tennis Team took third overall Oct. 16-17, at the Kansas State High School Athletics Association State Tennis Tournament in Wichita.

Two Lady ‘Cats doubles teams made the trip to state. The team of Nicole Haase and Maggie Windholz took fourth, and the team of Jaycee Cunningham and Stephanie Soukup took sixth in the scoring column for Ellsworth.

Ellsworth Tennis Coach Eric Anderson said it was the first time in school history the girls tennis team brought back a trophy from the state tournament.

“I am extremely proud of how the girls played this weekend,” said Anderson, adding three of the four girls are seniors and he was happy they went out on a high note.

The Lady Oilers doubles team of Bryanna Hammeke and Kyla Metro from Central Plains High School in Claflin also competed at the state tournament. They placed third, with Central Plains as a team placing fourth overall, just behind Ellsworth, with Prairie Village and Salina Sacred Heart tying for first.

Central Plains Tennis Coach Gary Bittner said he was excited about how the Lady ‘Os did.

“The good news is they’re both sophomores and we’ll have another chance. We were right there with the other teams.”

The Ellsworth team of Cunningham and Soukup advanced by defeating teams from Scott Community and Conway Springs, only to be defeated in the semi-finals by a team from Prairie Village.

Lady Bearcats Haase and Windholz advanced by defeating Scott Community, only to lose to a team from Prairie Village. In the Loser A bracket, Haase and Windholz defeated a team from Conway Springs, then a team from the Classical School in Wichita, only to be defeated in the next match against Lindsborg Smoky Valley.

For Central Plains, the team of Hammeke and Metro defeated Colby or Cimmaron to advance, then defeated Lindsborg Smoky Valley, only to lose to a team from Salina Sacred Heart.

Also for the Lady Oilers, the team of Jennah Jeffrey and Lauren Oeser was defeated by Ashland and Conway Springs.