Top-seeded Thomas Jefferson posted four singles victories to secure a 5-3 victory over No. 2 Carl Junction in the championship match of the MSHSAA Class 1 District 11 boys tennis team tournament at the Cavaliers' courts.
The Bulldogs owned a 2-1 lead after doubles play as No. 1 Colin King-Philipp Leithauser beat Brock Conklin-Ian Ding 8-6 and No. 3 Mason Fox-Trent Smith downed Christopher Wheelen-Luke Ralston 8-3.
The Cavaliers won at No. 2 doubles as Dylan Dean-Heck and Noah Hamlett defeated Riley Kunce-Jack Merrithew 8-3.
The top two singles matches saw each team win once in three sets as the Bulldogs' King beat Conklin 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 at No. 1 and the Cavaliers' King defeat Leithauser 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
Thomas Jefferson took the other three singles matches in straight sets — Dean-Heck over Kunce, Wheelen over Fox and Hamlett over Merrithew. The score was 3-3 when Ding and Noah finished their matches at about the same time.
"We knew it was going to be pretty close," Cavaliers coach Tom Brumfield said. "We were hoping to pull two out of three in doubles, but we didn't. When we played them before, it was close in doubles, too. We won two in doubles the first time, one in a tiebreaker.
"Singles was tough. Carl Junction has a lot of good athletes. Adam (Neldeberg, coach) does a good job with them. They were ready, and so were we. The guys did a good job of coming back and staying focused. It was a good match ... one of the better district matches we've had as far as competition."
Thomas Jefferson notched its second straight district crown since Carl Junction claimed the 2017 title. The Cavaliers will play in the team sectional meet on May 18 at Willow Springs (10-6) or Houston (9-2), who play today in Willow Springs for the District 9 championship.
Before that, Thomas Jefferson is the host for the singles and doubles district tournament on Friday morning.
Joplin 5, Republic 0
The top-seeded Eagles lost a total of eight games while blanking second-seeded Republic in the Class 2 District 12 final at the JHS athletic complex courts.
Joplin (16-3) swept the doubles as Garret Lewis-Asa Borup beat Isaac Jordan-Kile Thornhill 8-1 at No. 1, Kaden Seward-Bennett Satterlee downed Matthew Berry-Jack Cook 8-3 at No. 2 and Nick Mailes-Nolan Hance defeated Andrew McMillin-Ethan Ragsdale 8-1 at No. 3.
Lewis and Borup then posted straight-set victories at the top two singles spots to secure the final two points.
"The boys did excellent," coach Ed Ingle said.
Next up for the Eagles is the singles and doubles district tournament on Friday at the new courts at Carthage High School. Action begins at 8:30 a.m.
The Eagles will play in the team sectional tournament on May 18 at the site of the District 9 winner. Lebanon (15-6) plays at Springfield Central (10-8) today to determine that district winner.