Joplin High School played host to the Central Ozark Conference boys tennis tournament on Wednesday.
In the main local highlight, Webb City’s Trenton Hayes and Cale Stephens won the No. 1 doubles crown.
Below is a look at each bracket of singles and doubles. No team scores are kept at the conference tourney.
NO. 1 DOUBLES
Webb City’s Hayes and Stephens defeated Carthage’s Charlie Snow and Ryan Phillips 8-2 and then beat Branson’s Caleb Buxton-Benjamin Stark 8-4 in the semifinals.
In the bracket’s title match, Hayes-Stephens beat Nixa’s Isaac Forbis-Benjamin Mills 8-2.
Willard’s Luke Christensen and Brayden Roth beat Branson 8-2 for third and Ozark’s duo of Orion Lewis-Major Cardin defeated Carthage’s Snow-Phillips 6-3 for fifth place.
Joplin’s Logan Merkley-Jeffrey Evenson lost to Branson 8-0 in the first round and then suffered a 6-2 setback to Carthage.
Carl Junction’s Connor Sztamenits-Easton Sztamenits lost to Carthage 8-2, while Neosho’s Christian Williams-Melvin Lopez lost to Ozark 8-3.
NO. 2 DOUBLES
Branson’s Garrett Beckham and Jacob Decker defeated Willard’s Austin Long-Seth Miller 8-3 in the championship match.
Nixa beat Ozark 8-5 for third place, while Republic’s Garrett Carpenter and Markus Mitchell defeated Carl Junction’s Josecito Figueroa-Jordan Markham 6-4 for fifth.
Webb City’s Caiden Johnson-Tyler Wade lost to Republic 8-5 in the play-in match, while Carthage’s Silas Laytham-Danilo Lopez lost to Carl Junction 8-2.
Joplin’s Ben Wardlow-Colin Vermillion lost to Nixa 8-2 and then suffered a 6-2 setback to Republic.
Neosho’s Blaze McKay and Caden Kelly lost to Ozark 8-1 and then dropped a 6-2 decision to Carl Junction.
NO. 1 SINGLES
Willard’s Caden Lingenfelser defeated Branson’s Gavin Brown 8-4 for the No. 1 singles crown.
Ozark’s Gavin Reese defeated Carl Junction’s Blaine Wilkerson 6-0 for third place, while Carthage’s Silas Smith won the fifth-place match 6-3 over Nixa’s Dallin Attwooll.
In other local results from the No. 1 singles bracket, Webb City’s Jackson Dill defeated Neosho’s Ryno Lee 8-3, Nixa’s Attwooll beat Joplin’s Joshua Yarnall 8-3 and Carl Junction’s Wilkerson defeated Carthage’s Smith 8-3.
Dill lost to Lingenfelser 8-0 and Carthage’s Smith edged Dill 7-5.
NO. 2 SINGLES
In the title match at No. 2 singles, Branson’s Nathan Bartram defeated Willard’s Alex Crawford 8-4.
Nixa’s Mason Murray edged Republic’s Scott Parker 7-6 (7-5) for third place, while Webb City’s Drake Miller defeated Carthage’s Colby Tandy 6-2 for fifth.
In other local results, Joplin’s Michael Mancipe defeated Neosho’s Brandt Gonzales 8-1, Webb City’s Miller topped Carl Junction’s Dan Hodson 8-1, Nixa’s Murray beat Tandy 9-7, Willard’s Crawford topped Miller 8-0, Tandy beat Mancipe 7-5 and Miller topped Ozark’s Nathaniel Bottarel 6-1.
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