Carl Junction repeated as Class 1, District 11 tennis champions with a 5-3 victory Wednesday against College Heights Christian at Missouri Southern.

The district championship was Carl Junction’s fourth in a row. The Bulldogs won all three doubles matches and two of five singles matches.

“The girls went in with great attitudes,” said Carl Junction head coach Lisa O’Hanahan. “What I love about my team is their integrity. They hold themselves to high standards.”

Carl Junction swept the doubles matches with victories by Kenzie Kuykendall and Kaylie Hawkins, Annie Adrian and Chase Boyd, and Hailey Gilbreth and Lexi Deines. Kuykendall and Boyd won singles matches.

Winners for College Heights in singles were Cydney Churchwell, Rachael Polen and Grace Bass.

District individual championships will begin at 8 a.m. Friday with singles at Millennium Tennis & Fitness Club and doubles at Thomas Jefferson.

Joplin falls in final

In the final match remaining on court, Raymore-Peculiar’s Carly Glisso rallied to beat Joplin’s Maddy West 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 at No. 6 singles to claim a 5-4 victory in the championship round of the Class 2 District 12 girls tennis team district tournament at the Joplin Athletic Complex.

Joplin owned a 3-0 lead after doubles with victories by Sydney Butler-Madison Erwin at No. 1, Gretchen White-Suma Ancha at No. 2 and Maddy West-Abby West at No. 3. The West sisters won the final seven games to erase a 4-1 deficit.

Butler also won in straight sets at No. 1 singles, but Ray-Pec won the other five matches — Felecia Cummons at No. 2, Michelle Atkinson at No. 3, Emily Argotsinger at No. 4, Erica Cornell at No. 5 and Glisso at No. 6. Cummons’ win over Erwin at No. 2 was another three-set affair.

Joplin is the host for the Class 2 district tournament for singles and doubles on Friday, starting at 9 a.m. at the Joplin Athletic Complex.


Carthage 10, Webb City 4

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Megan Taylor, Kaynsey Sagesera and Sierra Teegarden each had two hits as the Carthage Tigers defeated the Webb City Cardinals.

Taylor also pitched the Tigers to the win. 

Carthage (4-18) will play in its home tournament on Friday.


Neosho 2, Carl Junction 1

NEOSHO, Mo. — Sean Drewry and Jacob Humphrey scored two goals in the second half as Neosho came from behind to beat Carl Junction.

Keagan Peters gave Carl Junction a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute. 

Carl Junction (7-5) will be at home against Pittsburg on Tuesday.

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