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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Chillicothe High Racquet Hornets Earn Excelsior Springs Tournament Crown

  • Take three of five 'position' titles, as well
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  • EXCELSIOR SPRINGS » The beat – and beatings – go on in the Chillicothe High School tennis Hornets' 2013 season.
    With a senior-laden, veteran squad, the Hornets are enjoying being on the winning side of lopsided results this spring. With at least half of the 12-members squad being 2013 seniors, it could be a case of, as the saying goes, enjoying it while it lasts.
    Friday, as the previously-postponed Excelsior Springs Tournament was made up, the net Hornets continued on their merry way, losing only two of 27 sets as they swept to the team title and three of the 6-school tourney's five individual crowns.
    In 5-position (two singles and three doubles) team play, the undefeated Hornets improved to 11-0 on the year with 5-0 victories over the host Tigers, Independence schools Fort Osage and William Chrisman, and Belton and a 3-2 shading of Kansas City: Winnetonka.
    Individually, CHS' Nos. 1 and 2 doubles entries – Wade Dietz/Chase Reeter and Grant Peterson/Johnson Young, respectively – and No. 2 single entry Jeremiah Applebury won each of their five respective sets to earn first-place standing for their position.
    Going 4-1 each were No. 1 singles entry Gabe Poling and the No. 3 doubles tandem of Derek Gray/Garrett Peterson. That earned each of them second place.
    The racquet Hornets are scheduled to be back on the home courts at Daryl Danner Memorial Park for dual matches today and tomorrow.
    Cameron is today's slated foe for Midland Empire Conference play, while Kirksville is due to visit for a challenging clash tomorrow. Both days' action is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. with the singles competition.

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