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This week in WHS sports: Tennis ended its season at regionals, cross country returned to the course, football dropped to 2-4 and volleyball dropped a couple tough league matches.
Tennis will enter the postseason Friday, participating in the regionals meet at Smoky Valley in Lindsborg.
“I feel good about our team, but I definitely know our regional is very tough,” head coach Brendan Praeger said. The team is looking forward to the competition, but knows it could be tough to send players to state. “This is the most experienced team I’ve ever had,” Praeger said, “They’ve been in this position before and know the challenges.” With seven senior players, many have the experience needed to perform well.
Tennis enters the season with hopes to return some players to state and no large changes in protocols due to Covid-19.
WHS hits the courts at 3 p.m. Thursday in Wamego.
The Charger interviewed head coach Brendan Praeger and seniors Kendyl Bolinder and Reagan Feyh.
Senior Autymn Schreiner ended her tennis career at state with an eighth place finish.
Wabaunsee finished 12th as a team with 8 points. Kansas City Christian School earned the championship with 40.
Schreiner opened against Molly Bender from Conway Springs. Schreiner played aggressive and had no problem earning the win, 6-2, 6-3.
Tennis season will continue for another week.
Three Wabaunsee players placed in the top six of the Hillsboro regional Friday and Saturday, placing 4th as a team and qualifying for the state tournament next weekend in Kansas City.
“It’s a great feeling to send some players to state for the first time,” head coach Brendan Praeger said. “Wabaunsee has had a lot of good teams in the past and I’m glad we’re finally playing on that level again.”
At the tennis courts, it’s common to hear loud arguments about who is driving home or laughter about something that occurred at the dinner table the previous night. With three sets of sisters on the team, including two sets of twins, it’s definitely a family atmosphere.
All three pairs got a chance to play doubles together this season to try out their sibling telepathy.
Cross Country wins home meet
The Cross Country team took first place in both boys and girls varsity at the Wabaunsee meet Thursday, improving the girls record to 16-9 and the boys to 23-15.
Freshman Rebekah Stuhlsatz placed 2nd with a time of 22:38. Kyndal Maike, Sierra Quathamer, Jenna Donaldson and Cecelia Emmert also medaled. As for the boys, junior Alex Warner finished 4th and senior Bryce Tharman finished 5th. Luke Stuhlsatz, Eli Mumpower and Isaac Lira also medaled.
The tennis team starts the WHS fall sports season with a lot of both players and experience.
The girls tennis team has 18 members, 14 returning from last season.
Head coach Brendan Praeger said he has high expectations for this season because so much of the team has previous experience, which wasn’t the case in his first four years as coach. Nine of the current players got varsity matches last season.