Iola’s Toland advances

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register File Photo/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High’s Kent Toland won his second straight Kansas Class 4A Regional Tennis championship Thursday at Fort Scott. Toland advances to today’s substate tournament in Independence.

FORT SCOTT — Iola High junior Kent Toland breezed through Kansas Class 4A Regional tennis play Thursday to win the regional singles championship and earn a spot in today’s substate tournament.
Toland and the rest of the Mustangs competed in the regional tournament hosted by Fort Scott High School. He was the only member of the team to advance.
Senior Mack Melvin lost his singles match to Matt Stutt of Chanute 6-0, 6-0. Iola’s juniors Michael Middleton and Chase Vaughn dropped their opening doubles match 6-1, 6-1 to Chanute’s Mason Johnson and Jacob Guiot.
“I thought Chase and Michael got a good seed to be able to move on to substate but they just couldn’t get by Chanute,” said Lyle Kern, IHS tennis coach.
“Mack had a really good seed as well but had a tough time with the Chanute player.”
Toland opened defense of his regional championship with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Kameron Cole of Ottawa. He defeated Charlie Sercer 6-1, 6-0, then won the regional with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Jimmie Quinn of Chanute.
“Kent’s matches seemed to get easier as the day progressed instead of harder. He handled them easily,” Kern said.
The top four singles and doubles teams from the Fort Scott and Independence regional tournaments advanced to today’s substate tournament at Independence.
Toland is playing for his third straight trip to the class 4A state tennis tournament. He has finished 11th at state the past two years.