Park Hill South wins Park Hill tennis tourney

Park Hill South won the team championship at the Park Hill Doubles Tournament held in two locations on Wednesday, April 10.

The Panthers defeated Liberty North, 4-0, in the first-place match held in Riverside. At Barry Park in Kansas City, Park Hill beat Blue Springs, 4-0, in the fifth-place match.

Barstow, Blue Springs South, Grain Valley and Lee’s Summit also took part in the event that started with pool play before breaking into different location for the first-, third-, fifth- and seventh-place matches.

Park Hill South went 11-1 overall in matches, while Park Hill posted a 7-5 mark.

The Panthers’ No. 1 doubles team of Cooper Hayes and Andrew Robaska went 3-1. The No. 2 doubles team of Michael Verhoeven/Adam Henn went 4-0, while the No. 3 doubles team of Gavin Lee/Ben Poole and the No. 4 doubles team of Alex Ware/Charley Scottwere also 4-0.

CODY THORN/Citizen photo  Park Hill’s Evan Ericksen returns a shot in a match against Blue Springs on Wednesday, April 10 at the Park Hill Doubles Tournament at Barry Park in Kansas City. The Trojans finished fifth overall after beating Blue Springs.

CODY THORN/Citizen photo

Park Hill’s Evan Ericksen returns a shot in a match against Blue Springs on Wednesday, April 10 at the Park Hill Doubles Tournament at Barry Park in Kansas City. The Trojans finished fifth overall after beating Blue Springs.

Park Hill’s No. 1 doubles team of Blake Harris/Evan Ericksen went 2-2. Griffin Koski/Trey Safford went 3-1 at No. 2 doubles. Vince Gelbolinga/Josh Bunten went 2-2 at No. 3 doubles and Jay Elder/Luke Hines went 4-0 and lost a tiebreaker to Park Hill South for the top spot in the standings due to number of games lost.

Platte County 8, Oak Park 1

The Pirates moved over the .500 mark on the season with a win on Thursday, April 11 at Oak Park High School.

Platte County (3-2) swept doubles to take a 3-0 lead against the Northmen. Trenton Percival and Dawson Wood got an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles, besting Nate Adams/Enrique Ruiz. At No. 2 doubles, Isaac Cook and Brennen Lee prevailed 8-4 against Logan Coats/Joch Kueck. At No. 3, Braulio Escamilla/Baxter Stone won 8-2 against Bryan Genau/Jacob VanSandt.

In singles, Cook, Wood, Stone, Escamilla and Lee all won.

Platte County 5, North Kansas City 4

Baxter Stone delivered the game-ending victory to help the Pirates rally from a 4-0 deficit in a showdown against the Hornets on Tuesday, April 9 at Macken Park.

Platte County lost all three doubles matches and then lost at No. 1 singles.

The rally started with Isaac Cook winning 10-6 against Amir David at No. 2 singles. Dawson Wood held off Nic Robb for an 11-9 win at No. 3 singles, coming back from a 9-8 deficit. Brennan Lee (No. 6) and Braulio Escamilla (No. 5) each won 10-1 to forge a tie at 4-4.

Stone was down 9-6 against Jacob Robb at No. 4 singles, but rallied to win the next five points and escape with an 11-9 decision.

Park Hill 6, Staley 3

The Trojans stayed undefeated on the season with a win at Staley on Tuesday, April 9 in Kansas City North.

Park Hill won two of the three doubles to set the tone. Blake Harris/Evan Ericksen won 8-5 against Jake Browning/Josh Bowen at No. 2 doubles and Trey Safford/Griffin Koski posted an 8-4 decision against Mark Newman/John Mills at No. 3.

In singles action, Vince Gelbolinga won 10-2 against Browning, while Ericksen won 10-3 against Bowen at No. 5 singles. Koski bested Mills, 10-7, at No. 6 singles and Safford blanked Riggins LaRocca, 10-0, at No. 4 singles.