Park Hill tennis just misses team title at St. Joseph Central Invitational

Park Hill placed all four entries in the top three of the St. Joseph Central Invitational on Friday, April 8.

However, the Trojans finished third in a crowded final team standings at Noyes Tennis Complex in St. Joseph, Mo. They ended up with 25 points and were two back of champion Liberty and one back of Rockhurst’s junior varsity.

Park Hill South was fourth with 20 points.

The tournament allows for two singles entries and two doubles entries in a bracket format. Park Hill’s A doubles team of Joel Lesher and Chandler To reached the finals but lost 10-6. Henry Eckold (A singles), Jake McPhee (B singles) and Ryan Moise/Matt Zhang (B doubles) all finished third.

Park Hill South’s Joe Baldwin led the Panthers by finishing as runner-up in A singles. Andrew Beldo and Andrew Robaska lost to Moise and Zhang in the third-place match of B doubles.

Platte County ended up seventh out of eight teams while missing three of its top six players. Spencer Kunz (No. 1) and Josh Timmons (No. 3) were absent due to a scheduling conflict, while Noah Singer was out sick.

The Pirates were consistent in their results with both singles players seventh — Zack Regan (A) and Brayden Percival (B) — while the doubles teams of Andy Day and Spencer Klopfer (A) and Braden Rowe and Burt Stinnett (B) were both sixth place. Percival, Rowe and Stinnett all moved up from junior varsity.

Regan moved up from No. 2 to play at No. 1 and won 9-7 against Oak Park’s Tom Krenz in the seventh-place match.

North Kansas City 9, Platte County 0

The absences for the Pirates started earlier in the week in a dual loss Tuesday, April 5 in North Kansas City, Mo.

With Kunz and Day gone due to band contest, Regan made his debut at No. 1 and lost 11-10 (9-6) in the closest match for Platte County. Timmons moved back up to No. 2 and lost 10-8. The Pirates’ top two also lost 11-9 in No. 1 doubles.

Percival and Stinnett made varsity debuts with losses at Nos. 5 and 6 singles and as a team at No. 3 doubles.