EL DORADO — It’s a good thing that Winfield High School doubles players Noah Everett, Christopher Norton, Phillip Morris and Isaac Davis won their consolation semifinal matches.
They had to play each other in the semifinals.
Everett and Lowe, the only seniors on the young Vikings squad, earned the fifth-place medals Saturday at the Class 4A Regional Championships at the Sam Bitner Tennis Courts.
Winfield’s No. 1 doubles team had to defeat the Vikings’ No. 2 doubles team for the medals.
The top six doubles teams, along with the top six singles players qualified for the KSHSAA Class 4A State Championships, set for May 14-15 at the Kossover Tennis Center in Topeka.
Had the two teams been forced to play in the consolation semifinals, one of them would have had to go home.
Instead, Morris and Davis will join their upper class doubles tandem at the Big Show.
They won’t be alone.
Junior Drake Lowe advanced to the championship match in singles and will join his doubles teammates.
Everett and Norton held the No. 6 seed and opened with an easy 6-0, 6-0 shutout of 11th-seeded Christian Arnn and Kyle Allman of Augusta.
A grueling overtime match — one of several on the day for the Vikings — in the quarterfinals ended in a 7-6 (3), 6-4 loss to third-seeded John Ferley and Logan Foulkes of El Dorado, leaving the WHS duo in a must-win consolation quarterfinal to advance to State.
Meanwhile, Morris and Davis were seeded fourth, and with it earned a first-round bye. However, a 7-6 (1), 6-3 upset by fifth-seeded Justin Norris and Jack Wright of Wellington send that Winfield tandem into a must-win consolation quarterfinal.
Needing one more victory to punch their ticket to the Show, Morris and Davis breezed to a 6-0, 6-0 shutout of ninth-seeded Landon Carson and Patrick Weaver of Iola to qualify.
Everett and Norton met seventh-seeded Landon Metzger and DJ Middleton of Towanda-Circle, also with a State berth on the line.
They didn’t have as easy a time, grinding out a thrilling 6-4 (4), 3-6, 7-6 (1) marathon victory to punch their ticket.
The anti-climatic fifth-place match saw Everett and Norton roll to a 6-0, 6-1 upset of their teammates.
The singles portion of the tourney played out to seedings.
Lowe was seeded second and, like top-seeded Jax Cornejo of Wellington, earned a first-round bye.
While Cornejo was cruising to a 6-0, 6-0 pasting of eighth-seeded Braden Bleich of Circle, Lowe was faced with taking on freshman teammate Lane Dobbs. Lowe dropped just one set in a 6-1, 6-0 victory, sending Dobbs to a must-win consolation quarterfinal match.
Lowe gritted out a 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-2 semifinal triumph against third-seeded Hayden Greene of El Dorado, while Cornejo enjoyed a 6-2, 6-2 victory against fourth-seeded Riccardo Barbarossa of Iola.
Lowe put up a gallant battle in the title match, but fell short 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
The seventh-seeded Dobbs, meanwhile, was faced with the task of knocking off sixth-seeded Kyler McKibbon of El Dorado, but came up short via 6-2, 6-1 decision, ending his season just one victory short of State.
The deep play into the late rounds netted the Vikings the second-place team medal behind Wellington.
“Very proud of the team. They all had close matches throughout the day and kept their focus/determination,” WHS coach Lexis Hibbs said. “Excited for the state tournament in Topeka on Friday.”
Class 4A Regional Championships
Saturday at El Dorado
Sam Bitner Tennis Courts
(Top 6 qualify for State)
Team Scores — 1. Wellington 21; 2. Winfield 12; 3. El Dorado 11; 4. Towanda-Circle 8; 5. Iola 6; 6. Augusta 0.
Championship — Jax Cornejo (Wel) def. Drake Lowe (Win), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Third — Riccardo Barbarossa (Iola) def. Hayden Greene (ED), 6-7 (7-2), 6-4, 6-3. Fifth — Kyler McKibben (ED) def. Hunter Worley (Wel), 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).
Championship — Kade Adams & Carson Rademacher (Wel) def. Noah Allison & Drew Middleton (TC) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2. Third — Justin Norris & Jack Wright (Wel) def. John Ferley & Logan Foulkes (ED), 6-3, 6-3. Fifth — Noah Everett & Christopher Norton (Win) def. Phillip Morris & Isaac Davis (Win), 6-0, 6-1.
Drake Lowe, second place (3-1): first-round bye; def. Lane Dobbs (Win), 6-1, 6-0; def. Hayden Greene (ED), 6-4, 6-7 (7-2), 6-2; lost to Jax Cornejo (Wel), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Lane Dobbs, DNP (1-2): def. Caden Mitchell (Aug), 6-1, 6-2; lost to Drake Lowe (Win), 6-1, 6-0; lost to Kyler McKibbon (ED), 6-2, 6-1.
Noah Everett & Christopher Norton, fifth place (3-1): def. Christian Arnn & Kyle Allman (Aug), 6-0, 6-0; lost to John Ferley & Logan Foulkes (ED), 7-6 (7-3), 6-4; def. Landon Metzger & DJ Middleton (TC), 6-4 (7-4), 3-6, 7-6 (7-1); def. Phillip Morris & Isaac Davis (Win), 6-0, 6-1.
Phillip Morris & Isaac Davis, sixth place (2-2): first-round bye; lost to Justin Norris & Jack Wright (Wel), 7-6 (7-1), 6-3; def. Landon Carson & Patrick Weaver (Iola), 6-0, 6-0; lost to Everett & Norton (Win), 6-0, 6-1.