Tennis takes silver medal

John Ostermann, Online Editor-in-Chief

Tennis kicked the week off at the Topeka-Kossover meet on Monday. Manhattan High ended up taking home the silver medal as they fell short of beating Valley Center by four points, and barley beat Derby by three points.

“We knew that this was going to be a very tough meet,” junior Mitch Hutchinson said. “Schools like Valley Center and Derby have great players but we were confident.”

Sophomore Robert Zhang and freshman Dan Harkin led the team in the singles with undefeated records.

Zhang started the day beating Junction City’s Mason Richards 8-0 and continued on his dominance for his final four games, bringing home the gold medal and with a record of 5-0 for the day.

Harkin followed suit defeating Maize’s Connor Gooding 8-1 and finished off his final four games as well to take first place in the No. 1 singles with a record of 5-0, sweeping the competition.

The doubles teams were not as successful. Junior Carson Gido and his partner, Sophomore Jerrin Ugrin placed fifth overall with a record of 3-2. Junior doubles partners Mitch Hutchinson and Jack Easton placed fourth with a record of 3-2.