Boys tennis takes their first state title


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The boys took home the state title in Topeka.

Abby McCoy, Reporter

The boys tennis team took victory at State on Saturday, winning with 30 points. The Eagles were also regional and league champions.

State was held at Kossover Tennis Center in Topeka. Four teams from Maize qualified for the state tournament, both doubles teams and both singles players. Maize was only one of two schools in the state to have all their teams qualify. This included six boys; Seniors Ethan Pfeifer and Kaden Jobe, junior Brennen Sanders and sophomores Chase Schreiner, Derek Kratzer and Tanner Ohnmeis.

In the quarterfinals, duo Jobe-Schreiner defeated St. James Academy, 6-0, 6-2. The boys fell to Bishop Carroll in the semifinals and finished off as state runner-ups.

In singles, Sanders fell to Arkansas City in the quarterfinals.

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Seniors Kaden Jobe, left, and Ethan Pfeifer, right, finished their senior year placing at State.

At regionals, the boys took first with a team score of 18. Jobe-Schreiner finished first in doubles defeating Salina South. Kratzer-Ohnmeis were defeated by Salina Central.

In singles, teammates Pfeifer and Sanders were up against each other. Sanders defeated Pfiefer and finished fifth. Pfeifer finished 12th.

“With everybody scoring points, we were able to get to the state championship,” Pfiefer said. “I just came out playing tennis for fun, who would have known this is where I would get.”