For one of the few times this season, the Boonville Pirates tennis team actually had good weather while competing in the annual Pirate Tennis Open in Boonville.
With six teams competing at both Lions park and the high school tennis courts, head coach Stephanie Green said the tournament as a whole went well.
Fulton captured first in the tournament with a record of 5-0. Moberly finished second at 4-1, followed by Boonville at 3-2, Father Tolton at 2-3 and Lexington at 0-4-1 and Columbia Independent tied for fifth at 0-4-1 overall.
“It was good competition throughout the day and the guys got to play a lot of tennis,” Green said. “Cody Painter rolled his ankle early in the day, but came back strong through his matches against tough competition. Kelly Williams also finished well. He hit the ball solidly, held his composure and was confident in each match. Nathan Green had a shoulder injury late in the day, but overall he and Noah Bechtel played together well for never having had court time before.
“Braden Adams and Noah Lammers came on strong and came from behind to win two of their matches. They increasingly get better as long as they keep their heads about them. Ian Pond and Asher Humphrey-Martin also did well for not having any experience together. It’s good to have players who are willing to play with whomever they are asked. It was a lot of court times, which we needed.”
At No. 1 singles, Fulton’s Josh Hurt captured first with a perfect record of 5-0, as did Theron Howe of Columbia Independent at No. 2 singles.
As for Boonville in singles play, Cody Painter finished fourth at the No. 1 position with a record of 2-3 while Kelly Williams finished third at No. 2 singles at 3-2.
Fulton also dominated doubles play, winning both the No. 1 and 2 positions at 5-0. As for Boonville, the team of Nathan Green and Noah Bechtel finished fifth overall at No. 1 doubles with a record of 1-4. At No. 2 doubles, the team of Noah Lammers and Braden Adams placed third overall with a record of 3-2. Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, the team of Ian Pond and Asher Humphrey-Martin took third with a record of 3-2.