Fillies compete in SEK tourney

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High senior Amanda Carr has a bead on the tennis ball in a home match this season. On Saturday, Carr placed fifth in No. 1 singles at the 2009 Southeast Kansas League tournament in Pittsburg.
Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High junior Dannette Newland, seen here in a home match this season, finished seventh in No. 2 singles competition at Saturday’s 2009 Southeast Kansas League tennis tournament in Pittsburg.

PITTSBURG — Iola High’s Fillies wrapped up regular season tennis Saturday playing in the Southeast Kansas League tournament. The tournament was held at Pittsburg State University.
Iola senior Amanda Carr finished fifth in No. 1 singles competition. Carr ended the day with an 8-3 victory over Chapril Stewart of Pittsburg.
Carr opened the league event losing 8-5 to Czarnia Ramos of Chanute. Dropping into the consolation side of the bracket, Carr bounced back to beat Kalia Dancy of Fort Scott.
Carr lost 8-0 to Katie Anderson of Labette County, who went on to take third place.
Junior Dannette Newland began her day for Iola in the No. 2 singles division with an 8-0 loss to Amy Shaw of Parsons. Shaw would finish second in the competition.
In the consolation side, Newland lost 8-3 to Heather Hobbs of Fort Scott, putting her in the seventh-place match. Newland claimed seventh by defeating Haley Smith of Coffeyville, 8-6.
Iola juniors Jasmine Bannister and Hallie Wolf won the play-in match of the No. 1 doubles division. They defeated Kelsey Hill and Shaylee Thomas of Columbus 8-7. In the opening round of bracket play, the Iola duo lost 8-0 to Bailey and Conner of Independence, who placed second.
Pittsburg’s Shelby Trimble and Reagan Gilmore beat Bannister and Wolf 8-7. Bannister and Wolf won the seventh-place match 8-2 over Labette County’s Lakyn Baughman and Lora Nance.
Iola juniors McKinley Ford and Nina Froggatte weren’t as fortunate as their teammates. Ford and Froggatte lost their play-in match in No. 2 doubles and were done for the day. They lost 8-5 to Marissa Shaurette and Ryleigh Schoech of Columbus.
Independence won the team championship. Parsons was in second and Pittsburg in third. Iola was eighth.
This week the Fillies prepare for Class 4A regional play Friday and Saturday at Independence.
The top six singles players and top six doubles teams qualify for the 4A state tournament Oct. 16-17 in Topeka.
Regional play begins at 10 a.m. Friday. Other teams in the regional are Independence, Labette County, Au-gusta, Chanute, Coffeyville, Columbus, El Dorado, Fort Scott and Parsons.
Iola High girls tennis coach Jennifer Bycroft said the format changed for playoffs. There are just regional tournaments, no substate tournaments.
“If you lose your first match at regionals, you are done. If you win the first match and lose the second match, you can work back through the losers bracket to get to state,” Bycroft said.
Play will stop at quarterfinals on Friday. Play re-sumes Saturday morning.