The tennis team opened its season Thursday at Wamego, with both singles players bringing home medals. Senior Mayah Mumpower went 4-0 to place first in #1 singles and sophomore Baylie Tharman went 2-2 to finish second in #2 singles. Though the team numbers are a little lower than usual, coach Brendan Praeger sees this as an opportunity to improve. “We graduated 7 people, so initially we dealt with small team issues. As we continued, this pushed players to work harder. These players can just get in more reps, and I’ve seen the younger players improve a lot more quickly than in previous seasons.”
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.
At the start of the school year Mid-East League athletic directors and administrators met to establish changes for athletic events to avoid risks associated with COVID-19. While some changes will affect fans, the actual participants in most activities will only experience small changes.
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.
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.”
As the Charger tennis team prepares for regionals tomorrow in Hillsboro, we look back at a great year for Charger tennis. In 1980, both Lisa Harms and Patti Dittman advanced to the state tournament. Dittman ended the season with a 12-4 record and Harms ended 16-3. On the boys team, Keith Herren and Lars Olsson... Continue Reading →
With 139 students enrolled, Wabaunsee has been classified as a 2A school again this year.
The Kansas State High School Activities Association, or KSHSAA, has updated the classifications of high schools in Kansas which will go into effect for all 2019-20 activities.
With little change from previous years, athletic director Jeron Weisshaar said most sports will be minimally affected by this year’s classifications.
Kaytlyn Meseke, @kaytlyn_nelle WHS tennis ended the season at a difficult regional tournament Friday at Hesston. The Chargers highest seeded player, junior Autymn Schreiner, fell just short of a state appearance. Schreiner was seeded number six at regionals and her first match was against Ashten Halls from Sabetha. Schreiner defeated Halls with a score of 9-1... Continue Reading →