Mustangs play at home

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High junior Kent Toland is set to use his backhand to return a shot during a match played last Thursday here during Iola’s home tennis meet. The meet was halted by rain and finished Wednesday. Toland was 2-0 in No. 1 singles matches.

It only took a week to complete but Iola High’s Mustangs finally have their home meet under their belts.
Most of the action happened last Thursday before the rain stopped play. For about two hours Wednesday afternoon, tennis players from Iola, Independence, Columbus and Parsons finished up.
Iola’s Kent Toland swept through both of his matches a week ago and was to have played Parsons’ No. 1 singles player Wednesday.
“His opponent was ill and couldn’t make it so,” said Lyle Kern, Iola High tennis coach.
Toland notched 8-0 wins over Austin Schroeder of Independence and Andrew Valentine of Columbus.
In No. 1 doubles, Iola’s Michael Middleton and Chase Vaughn went 0-3. They lost 8-4 to Hilger and Goodmunson of Independence and 8-2 to Columbus’ Casanas and Thomas. Parsons’ Hurley and Smith beat Iola’s pair 8-3.
“Michael and Chase are playing better and getting more game each meet,” Kern said.
“The No. 2 doubles team won a game Wednesday so they are beginning to learn how the other plays,” Kern said. “Mack has been working real hard on changing his stroke to improve his game. I am proud of his effort.”
Mack Melvin and Devin Manbeck took a game against Parsons’ Taylor and Jacquinot but lost 8-1. They dropped back-to-back 8-0 decisions to Payne and Schicke of Independence and Lee and Holman of Columbus.
Iola plays at Coffeyville today.