Toland to go for SEK title

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Southeast Kansas League tennis teams have tried three times to finish the league tennis tournament.
There are still six matches remaining in the tournament after rain halted action again Tuesday. With teams playing in today’s regional tournaments and Friday’s substate tournaments, play for the SEK championships is on hold.
According to Iola High coach Lyle Kern, the final six matches are slated to be played at Independence Monday. Action starts at 4 p.m.
Iola junior Kent Toland has put himself into the championship match for No. 1 singles. Toland is scheduled to play Independence’s Dan Porter Monday.
Porter is the only player to beat Toland this season. Toland got to the championship match with 8-0 victories over Josh Grant of Fort Scott and Matt Stutt of Chanute.
Mack Melvin, the lone senior on the Iola team, was ninth in No. 2 singles. He lost 8-0 to Ryan Furnas of Coffeyville.
Juniors Michael Middleton and Chase Vaughn went 1-2 in No. 1 doubles to take eighth.
“It’s hard to prepare for a match when you don’t know when you will be going on the court because of rain,” Kern said.
“Kent is looking forward to his match against Porter. Michael and Chase played excellent tennis against Independence.”
Middleton and Vaughn defeated Peterson and Lee of Columbus 8-4. They dropped an 8-2 decision to Elshabassy and Ferguson of Independence and lost 8-3 to Labette County’s Garret and Warren.