Platte County tennis off to unbeaten start

Platte County recorded its second shutout of the season and remained unbeaten with a sweep of Oak Park on Monday, April 10 in Kansas City, Mo.

The 9-0 victory started with a sweep of the doubles matches, and the Pirates lost just 21 games total in six singles victories. Noah Singer (No. 2) and Brayden Percival (No. 4) both recorded 10-1 victories, while Spencer Klopfer earned the toughest win, 10-8 in the No. 3 spot.

Platte County improved to 4-0 on the season entering a Suburban Conference Blue Division matchup with Winnetonka scheduled for Tuesday, April 11. The result was not available at The Citizen’s deadline.

Platte County 7, Park Hill 2

The Pirates endured some tough matchups to come out with a nonconference win Thursday, April 6 in Independence, Mo.

Klopfer and Spencer Kunz came out with an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles, and the No. 2 team of Singer and Percival won by the same score. Payton Anderson and Jack Lawver finished out the doubles sweep for Platte County with an 8-4 win.

Percival and Anderson both went the distance in their singles matches, which the Pirates split. At No. 4, Percival won 11-10 (7-3) in tiebreaker, while Anderson came back from a 4-1 deficit before falling 11-9.

Rockhurst 7, Park Hill 2

The Trojans’ five-match winning streak came to an end against a state powerhouse on Thursday, April 6 at Barry Park in Kansas City, Mo.

Park Hill (5-2) won two of three doubles matches, but Rockhurst — the Class 2 state runner-up in 2016 and state finalist each of the past five seasons — swept the singles matches. The Trojans’ winning streak ahead of the match included a win over Rockhurst, which didn’t have a full lineup during a loss in the Lee’s Summit West Invitational.

Jake McFee and Grant Martin, both seniors, teamed for an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles, while sophomore Cooper Hayes and senior Chandler To won 8-2 at No. 2. McFee played the closest singles match, losing 10-5 to Henry Goeke at No. 2.