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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Vikings best Wildcats in tennis 6-3

  • In the second match of the season on Thursday, the Neosho boys’ tennis team held their own with the more experienced Parkview Vikings, but ultimately lost the Central Ozark Conference Large Division opener 6-3.
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  • In the second match of the season on Thursday, the Neosho boys’ tennis team held their own with the more experienced Parkview Vikings, but ultimately lost the Central Ozark Conference Large Division opener 6-3.
    The Vikings, a veteran squad that returned most of their starters from last season, won four of six singles matches and twice in doubles to best the Wildcats — who lost several seniors last season.
    “With a young team going to Parkview, I’m happy with (the way we played),” Wildcats coach Nick Hays said. “If a couple of matches had gone our way we could have come out of here with a win. So I’m happy with how things ended up.”
    At singles, Neosho’s Jordan Cox lost to Alex Holden 8-1, while Tucker Bailey lost to Ben Hogan 8-1, Jackson Parks defeated Nathan Grandon 9-7, Cameron Langley lost to Alex Heilman 8-2, Jace Hendricks lost to Matt Morris 8-2 and Nathan Scribner defeated John Bogue 8-2.
    At doubles, Neosho’s tandem of Cox-Bailey lost to Holden-Hogan 8-3, Parks-Langley lost to Grandon-Heilman 8-3 and Hendricks-Scribner defeated Morris-Taylor 8-6.
    Parkview also won the B match over Neosho 4-0.
    At singles, Neosho’s Ben Bridges lost to Rao 6-2 and Sebastian Henderson fell to Wood 6-1.
    At doubles, the duo of Henderson-Paul Sanders fell to Gassaway-Marvin Morris 6-4 and Bridges-Chancellor Banchi lost to Taylor-Griffin 6-2.
    The Wildcats (0-2, 0-1 COC) are at the Thomas Jefferson Tournament at 9 a.m. today in Joplin.
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