Pittsburg hosts 5A state tennis tournament for first time


Photo by: Haley McCabe

Junior Emily McGown was Pittsburg's only qualifier for the 5A state competition.

Story by Keith Perkins, Reporter

On Friday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 19, Pittsburg hosted the Kansas 5a State Girls Tennis Tournament.

“Hosting state was a huge honor,” tennis coach John Seal said. “Thanks to the great support we had with athletic director Jeff Staley and booster president Kenda Fischer…it was a great success,” Seal said.

Team standings: Wichita-Kapaun Mt. Carmel placed 1st with 32 team points, Salina South placed 2nd with 29 team points, and Andover placed 3rd with 28 team points. In doubles, Taylor Bruce and CeAnna Allen of Mcpherson topped Molly Book and Madi Biondo of Lenexa-St. James Academy in the final 6-4, 6-3. In singles, Clara Whitaker of Kapaun Mt. Carmel faced her teammate Reagan Boleski in the final, winning 6-0, 6-0. 

#1 singles player junior Emily McGown was Pittsburg’s only qualifier.

“It was cool to play on my home court and have all the support from people who don’t normally watch,” McGown said. “I’m very happy with how I did,” McGown said. “Because being top 16 in the whole state is hard to do.”