By RON PRESTON
LINDSBORG – It’s beginning to sound like a weather report instead of a sports story.
The wind was gusting out of the north on this cloudy to partly cloudy Friday afternoon in Lindsborg. It was a cold biting wind at times, but the class 4A Tennis Regional tournament being played at the tennis complex at Smoky Valley High School, already a day delayed due to weather conditions, began Friday afternoon.
The players were seeded based on their individual performances for the spring and the tournament began with the plan to play the first two rounds of the tournament Friday and have the final rounds beginning Monday morning at 10 a.m.
Abilene’s Matthew Barlow took his undefeated season as the Cowboys No. 1 singles player, now the number one seed in the regional, into action against Payden Schragg of Smoky Valley.
Barlow adjusted to the wind and defeated Schragg 6-0, 6-0 to advance to the second round against Kyle Doerksen of Buhler. Barlow won again in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 and will face Conner Schaefer of McPherson.
The Cowboy’s No. 2 singles player and seventh seed in the tournament Gabe Johnson fell to Joel Timme of Concordia in the first round.
“Gabe had a great season for us. Today, with wind and all, he was just a couple of shots away from advancing,” Coach Garry Stredney said.
In doubles action Friday, the No. 1 Cowboys double team of Kaynan Anderson and Connor Kijowski opened as the second seed in the tournament against the doubles team from Circle High School winning 6-2, 6-1.
Anderson and Kijowski next played the doubles team from Buhler High School and won by scores of 6-2, 6-2 to advance to Monday’s action against Dahlestonal and Jensen of Hesston.
The Cowboys’ No. 2 doubles team of Reggie Koop and Tyler Schiffner defeated a doubles team from Eldorado to advance into first round action against the number five seed team from Circle. The doubles team of Treweeke and Larson defeated Koop and Schiffner 6-3, 6-2 to end their season.
“Reggie and Tyler fought hard to get into the first round but had trouble adjusting to the conditions against a pretty good team from Circle,” Stredney said.
“They had a good year and showed good improvement from beginning to the end,” he added.
With wins in the first round of action Monday the three Cowboys will advance not only to the Championship round of the regional but to the State 4A Tournament in Wichita.