Biddle, Messenger finish with eighth-place medals

Arkansas City High School senior Landry Biddle hits a forehand at the net as senior Ellie Messenger backs her up Friday at the KSHSAA Class 5A State Championships in Andover.

ANDOVER — Arkansas City High School doubles partners Landry Biddle and Ellie Messenger ended their senior season with a 28-9 record and the ninth-place medals Saturday at the two-day KSHSAA Class 5A State Championships at the Andover District Tennis Center.

As Regional champions, Biddle and Messenger were one of four teams with No. 1 seeds.

They opened with a 6-1, 6-2 rout against the McPherson duo of Madison Dobson and Taylor Berger. 

That set up a quarterfinal battle against Hope Lubbers and Heidi Lubbers of Bishop Carroll, but the Lady Bulldog tandem fell 6-4, 6-2 to the team that advanced to the championship match.

Biddle and Messenger defeated the Salina Central duo of Reagan Geihsler and Veronica Montoya 9-4 in cross bracketing on the backside.

Needing one victory to place for a chance at fifth place, Biddle and Messenger dropped a heartbreaking 9-7 overtime decision to Anna Jittawait and Brooke Walker of Andover.

The Ark City team could have taken seventh, but fell 9-5 to Gabbi Taylor and Mia Staley of St. James.

The Lubbers fell to Emma Sinclair and Sarah Sinclair of Andover 6-2, 7-5 in the title match.

The singles part of the tourney came down to the private schools.

Clara Whitaker of Kapaun rolled to a 6-1, 6-2 victory against teammate Reagan Boleski. Paige Stranghoner of 5A State team champion Carroll defeated teammate Brynn Steven for third.


KSHSAA Class 5A 

State Championships

Friday and Saturday

Andover District Tennis Center


Final Team Scores — 1. Bishop Carroll 24; 2. Kapaun Mt. Carmel 22; 3. Andover 16; 4. McPherson 10; 5. Salina South 9; 6. Topeka-Seaman 7; 7. Blue Valley Southwest 5; 8t. St. James 4; 8t. Salina Central 8; 10. De Soto 3; 11t. Arkansas City 2; 11t. Shawnee Heights 2; 13. Andover Central 1.


Championship — Clara Whitaker (KMC) def. Reagan Boleski (KMC), 6-1, 6-2. Third — Paige Stranghoner (BC) def. Brynn Steven (BC), 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-1. Fifth — Madison Fischer (BVSW) def. Patricia Huerta (McP), 9-4. Seventh — Callie Sanborn (SC) def. Hallie Scott (DS), 9-2.


Championship — Emma Sinclair & Sarah Sinclair (And) def. Hope Luebbers & Heidi Luebbers (BC), 6-2, 7-5. Third — Iliana Armbrust & Alexxa Nunemaker (SS) def. Grace Unruh & Lauren Sweeney (TS), 6-3, 6-2. Fifth — Ceanna Allen & Perrin Schneider (McP) def. Anna Jittawait & Brooke Walker (And), 9-4. Seventh — Gabbi Taylor & Mia Staley (SJ) def. Ellie Messenger & Landry Biddle (Ark), 9-5.


Arkansas City Results

Ellie Messenger & Landry Biddle, eight place (2-3): def. Madison Dobson & Taylor Berger (McP), 6-1, 6-2; lost to Hope Lubbers & Heidi Lubbers (BC), 6-4, 6-2; def. Reagan Geihsler & Veronica Montoya (SC), 9-4; lost to Anna Jittawait & Brooke Walker (And), 9-7; lost to Gabbi Taylor & Mia Staley (SJ), 9-5.

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