The championship doubles match of the class 3-2-1A boys tennis state tournament played out exactly how Hutchinson Trinity’s Jason Banning had imagined.
However, Banning did not imagine how he would feel after the match would end.
“For me, I’ve always pictured getting to this match and playing well, but I’ve never pictured after this match,” Banning said.” It feels awesome.”
Banning and doubles partner Michael Lindt defeated Independent’s Sam McCoy and Brandon King to take first place on Saturday. Last year, the Hutch Trinity pair fell to another Independent doubles team in the semifinal match of the state tournament.
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“Independent, that’s who we lost to last year, they were the number one seed last year, and it just felt like we should have been playing Independent in the championship,” Banning said. “We already had our game plan set, we just went out and executed.”
Conway Springs took the first place title for the first time since 2005, scoring 34 total team points, three-and-a -half points higher than second-place Sterling.
“It feels a little unbelievable. We finished third in our league, second in regionals, and first in state,” Conway Springs coach Chris Bellar said. “That’s a pretty nice progression in the last week.”
A fourth-place doubles team was the highest finisher for Conway Springs, but each of its six entrants took a medal, leading Conway Springs to first-place.
“Up and down the line we played good, solid tennis. There are a lot of good teams here, and we edged them out with quality play,” Bellar said. “There’s nothing better than a team championship, I think. Doing something as a team and having your whole team here makes it very special.”
After falling to Wichita Independent’s Jacob Maddox earlier this season, Kansas City Christian’s Johnny Goodwin defeated him in the singles semifinal round to progress to the championship.
Goodwin then beat Sterling’s Eduardo Martelli to take first place in the tournament.
“Coming in as the underdog is just more fuel to win,” Goodwin said. “He was cramping up so I knew I just had to stay focused, stay in it, and I’ve trained for this, I felt prepared.”
Team — Conway Springs 34, Sterling 30.5, Kansas City Christian 30, Independent 30, Hutchinson-Trinity 27, Maranatha Academy 15, Claflin-Central Plains 14, Leavenworth-Immaculate 12, Atchison-Maur Hill-Mount Academy 11.5, Ellsworth 8.5, Hillsboro 7, Kiowa-South Barber 7, Marysville 4.5, Meade 2.5, Wakeeney-Trego Community 1.5, Ellinwood 1, Neodesha 1, Cimarron 1, Kingman 0, Kismet-Southwestern Heights 0, Scott Community 0, Lawrence-Bishop Seabury Academy 0.
Championship—First, Goodwin, Kansas City Christian, def. Martelli, Sterling, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6(7-3); Third— Maddox, Independent, def. Cha, Immaculata, 6-0, 6-1; Fifth—Wheeler, Atchison-Maur Hill-Mount Academy, def. Rasmussen, Conway Springs, 9-0; Seventh—E. Banning, Hutchinson-Trinity, def. Thurman, Kiowa-South Barber, 9-4; Ninth—Faber, Hillsboro, def. Prillman, Conway Springs, 9-3; 11th— Taphorn, Marysville, def. Horner, Kansas City Christian, 9-6.
Semifinals—Martelli def. Cha 6-0, 6-1; Goodwin,def. Maddox 6-3, 6-2.
Championship—First, Banning-Lindt, Hutchinson-Trinity, def. McCoy-King, Independent 7-5, 6-2; Third—Kirmer-Bieberle, Claflin-Central Plains, def. Trifiletti-Bellar, Conway Springs, 6-1, 6-2; Fifth—Houchin-Thomas, Maranatha Academy, def. Jaderston-Prather, Sterling, 9-4; Seventh—Ast-Rasmussen, Conway Springs, def. Bahan-Bahr, Ellsworth, 9-3; Ninth—Steadman-Tippin, Kansas City Christian, def. Cullop-Fair, Sterling, 9-2; 11th—Swank-Mowrer, Maranatha Academy, def. Alholm-Jones, Kansas City Christian, 9-6.
Semifinals—Banning-Lindt def. Trifiletti-Bellar 6-2, 6-0; McCoy-King def. Kirmer-Bieberle 6-2, 6-4.