TOPEKA — Arkansas City High School senior Pierce Klaassen rolled into the championship semifinals Friday at the KSHSAA Class 5A State Boys Tennis Championships at the Kossover Tennis Center.
Klaassen will meet Adam Burke of St. James this morning for the right to play for the 5A State title.
Both players earned byes into the quarterfinals.
Klaassen rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 shutout of Grant Protzman of St. James in his first match, and was nearly as perfect in a 6-0, 6-1 triumph against Collin Phelps of Salina Central in the quarterfinals.
Burke wrapped up a 6-1, 8-6 victory against Jaydn Richardson of Andover late Friday in the quarterfinals after breezing past Body Carter of Maize.
ACHS senior Patrick McGee and junior Conner Hoag remained live on Day 2 today.
McGee and Hoag opened with a 6-0, 6-4 victory against the Blue Valley Southwest duo of Joey Hellen and Aiden Anderson, but fell 6-4, 6-4 to Reed McHenry and Max Schaffer of Salina Central.
The Bulldog tandem bounced back with a 9-6 triumph against Brendan Kienholz and Wyatt Cahoone of Emporia in the elimination round, and followed that up with a 9-5 victory against Noah Kuebler and Jake Leonard of Topeka West.
McGee and Hoag open play today against Jack Jewett and Noah Spurgeon of Maize South, and can place as high as fifth.
Ark City’s No. 1 doubles team of juniors Colby Klotz and Braden Hilario were unable to advance to Day 2.
Klotz and Hilario opened with an easy 6-1, 6-2 victory against the Shawnee Heights duo of Kaechele and Nelson, but were bounced with a 6-3, 6-0 loss to Brauer and Swift of Valley Center.
Facing elimination, the ACHS duo fell 9-3 to Shanks and Jones of Andover.