By William for

(Post is SPONSORED by CrossDove Writers)

HUTCHINSON – It was a successful trip to Hutchinson on Tuesday for the McPherson Middle School girls tennis team as they had Lady Junior Pups playing in eight divisions at the Hutchinson Middle School Tournament and came home with a first-place finish, two second-place finishes and two third-place finishes as well as a third place team finish.

While Andover took the team title by a sizable margin with 61 points, Salina Lakewood just edged out the Lady Junior Pups for second with 43 while McPherson scored 42 and placed third. Other teams participating were Prairie Hills, Haysville West, Newton Chisholm, Salina South and Hutchinson.

All four of the McPherson doubles teams finished in the top three of their divisions.

Leading the way for the Lady Junior Pups was the number two doubles duo of Kyndall Sandbo and Taiya Young took as they took first in a match that was ended early while Sandbo and Young held a 2-1 lead before the rains came.

The number three and four doubles tandems of Kennedy Tully and Jadin Nowell plus Courtney Delaney and Eva Malm scored second-place finishes while the Lady Junior Pups number one doubles duo of Lauren Rogers and Paige Stucky took third.

In singles, number one player Riggs Kuhn lead the McPherson contingent with a third-place finish.

“Overall it was a great day of tennis,” noted MMS Girls Tennis Head Coach Paul Reichenberger. “Our girls played well as a team and I was very proud of each student athlete’s effort out on the court.”

One of the big highlights for the McPherson team was the fan support as a large group of over 100 lead worthy students took time after a scheduled field trip at the Dillion lecture series and stopped by the tennis courts after lunch to support the Junior Lady Pups.


Concluding his coach reflections of the day, Coach Reichenberger acknowledged the student fans at cheering the girls on by saying, “Another side note from today was the Leadworthy students who took time after they attended the Dillion Lecture series and had lunch, to stop by and show their support for the Lady Junior Pups. It was an amazing moment to watch 100-plus middle schoolers support their classmates during a tennis match.”

The MMS girl’s tennis team will return to action next Tuesday, October 8, when they play at Salina South.

LADY JUNIOR PUPS TENNIS at Hutchinson Middle School Tournament:

TEAM SCORING: Andover 61, Salina Lakewood 43, LADY JUNIOR PUPS 42, Prairie Hills 38, T-Haysville West/Newton Chisholm 35, Salina South 30, Hutchinson 16



# 1 – Riggs Kuhn finished 3rd

# 2 – Raina Schmidt finished 7th

# 3 – Jordan Martens finished 5th

# 4 – Zoey Furgason finished 7th


# 1 – Lauren Rogers / Paige Stucky finished 3rd

# 2 – Kyndall Sandbo / Taiya Young finished 1st

# 3 – Kennedy Tully / Jadin Nowell finished 2nd

# 4 – Courtney Delaney / Eva Malm finished 2nd

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