Maize sophomore Miles Medaris led the Eagles to a Class 6A boy’s tennis regional title Saturday in Hutchinson, beating Hutchinson’s Collin Queal 6-1, 6-2 in the singles final.
Medaris lost one game in three matches before the final.
Medaris, who sat out much of his freshman season with injuries, said the match wasn’t the best tennis he’s played, but it was good enough to get the win and he had fun.
Maize coach John Anderson said Medaris has a great attitude and has shown some leadership.
“With his skill level that goes a long way with your teammates,” Anderson said.
All six Maize players will advance to state. Jordan Nichols finished sixth in singles, Colton Slusser and Chris Trent took third in doubles, and Jacob Schultz and Andrew Wilcox placed fifth.
But tennis isn’t the only thing happening in Medaris’ life. He had to leave immediately after his title match for a choral performance.
“He’s still young and he has varied interests, so we’re just trying to channel him one way or another,” his mother Shelley Reep said.
His father hopes Medaris can reap benefits from tennis.
“I still think it’s important for him to maintain a good balance between school, academics, and tennis as well,” John Medaris said. “But from a tennis standpoint I would love for him to get good enough to where he can maybe get a scholarship somewhere.”
Hutchinson’s Cody Teichmann and Ethan Williams won the doubles title, beating Campus’ Luca Rave and Dominique Apsley 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 in the final.
Williams said outlasting Campus was what earned them the win.
“I think we just wanted it a little bit more, I think that’s what made the difference,” he said.
This was the second match between the doubles teams this season. Rave and Apsley won the first time.
Teichmann said that loss was a motivator to do well.
“We knew we could beat them, we didn’t play that well last time. We wanted to beat them and we wanted to go out there and play well,” he said.
Team scores – Maize 17, Hutch 14, Garden City 11, Campus 10, Dodge City 4, Northwest 2, North 0, South 0.
Singles – 1. Medaris, Maize, def. Queal, Hutch, 6-1, 6-2; 3. Ekweariri, Garden City, def. Thelen, Campus, 5-7, 7-6, 6-4; 5. Kyaw, Garden City, def. Nichols, Maize, 6-3, 6-0.
Doubles – 1. Teichmann-Williams, Hutch, def. Apsley-Rave, Campus, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1; 3. Slusser-Trent, Maize, def. Schwara-Johansen, Dodge City, 6-3, 6-2; 5. Wilcox-Schultz, Maize, def. Victor-Neave, Garden City, 6-1, 6-3.