Platte County tennis splits 1st 2 duals

Liberty North took advantage of the Platte County’s retooled lineup in a 7-2 win on Thursday, March 26 at Clayview Country Club in Kansas City, Mo. In a matchup of former Suburban League Blue Division rivals, Platte County sophomore Jack Lawver scored his second straight singles win of the season, but the Eagles led 5-1 entering doubles and had already secured the win. Lawver improved to 2-0 on the day, teaming with junior Andy Day for the Pirates’ lone win on the doubles side.

Platte County (1-1) returned to action Tuesday, March 31 at rival Kearney, but the result was not available at The Citizen’s deadline.

Platte County 8, Oak Park 0

The Pirates opened the season with an easy win Tuesday, March 24 at North Kansas City District Complex, despite four new names in the varsity lineup.

Platte County senior Parker Ward stepped into the No. 1 role for the first time and opened his season with a 10-7 win against David Geneau. Connor St. Louis — one of three in the current varsity rotation — won 10-0, while Brody Nordike — the final senior — won 10-4 in the No. 6 slot.

The teams did not finish the No. 2 doubles match due to an incoming rainstorm.

“I thought our guys came out very focused and ready to play,” Platte County coach Zach Keith said. “Any time the weather is uncertain, I worry about our mindset. I was really proud of how well we played.”