State Tennis Recap Presented by Advanced Physical Therapy

Class 4A


Buhler’s Von Woleslagel/Reuben Harder finished third over McPherson’s Bryson Archer and Alex Berger.

“We wouldn’t have won the team title without our doubles team of Von Woleslagel and Reuben Harder coming through the way they did,” head coach Matt Babcock said. “Obviously after last year, we knew our singles would be good again. But this doubles team really put us over the top. They had a great year, eclipsing 30 wins, taking the eventual State champs from Independence to three sets in the semifinals, and finishing third at State.

Winfield’s Matthew Norton/Jackson Palmer finished seventh over Chanute’s Ethan Burnett/Ayden Cummings.


Buhler’s Davian Spies won his second singles state championship over Parsons’ Wyatt Shutlz 7-6(7-1), 3-6, 6-2.

“Seeing Davian win the singles title again was the icing on the cake,” Babcock said. “We’d already clinched the team title before the championship match began, and I think maybe that relaxed Davian a little and took some of the pressure off. Shultz of Parsons is a very good player and just doesn’t make mistakes, so Davian really had to be aggressive and it was a lot of fun to watch and turned out to be a really good match.”

Amos Harder finished fourth after falling to Bishop Miege’s Daniel Sullivan.

“Amos took 4th place for the second year in a row, and I’m really proud of how much he improved from his sophomore year on,” Babcock said. “If you would have told me after his freshman year that he’d be a two-time State semifinalist in singles, I’d have thought you’re crazy.”

Wellington’s Hunter Worley finished fifth over Bishop Miege’s Luca Marello.

McPherson’s Hunter Mendez finished seventh over Scott Community’s Avry Noll.

Team Standings

Buhler finished first and won the state championship with 40 total points.

“Winning the team State Championship with this group was a lot of fun,” Babcock said. “We’d finished third at State three of the last four seasons, so we really wanted to upgrade to that bigger trophy.”

McPherson finished tied for fifth place with 22 total points.

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