SPRINGFIELD — The Neosho Wildcats had a busy day of tennis Wednesday inside the Cooper Tennis Complex, competing in the Central Ozark Conference tournament and making up duals against conference stalwarts Branson and Joplin.
The Branson dual had been rained out multiple times or as the Branson Tennis account on Twitter so eloquently put it the other day, “Our double dual (Monday) vs Willard and Neosho has been postponed due to rain and lightning. Now the Pirates look to make up the makeup of the makeup of the makeup of our original dual vs Neosho. Spring sports season!!”
Playing at the Cooper Tennis Complex allowed teams like Branson, Neosho, and Willard to play their make up duals and finish a conference tournament.
In No. 1 singles, Neosho’s Julian Henderson defeated Willard’s Luke Christenson 8-1 in the quarterfinals and became the lone Wildcat to play more than one match.
Henderson lost 8-0 in the semis to Joplin senior Garrett Lewis, who rolled 8-0 over Branson’s Joe Jafari for the conference title.
Henderson lost 8-2 to Ozark’s Jacob Dralle and earned fourth.
No. 2 singles Dylan McNeill lost 8-0 to Nixa’s Robin Manasseri, No. 1 doubles Connor Burghart and Matt Houk lost 8-5 to Carthage’s Adam Theis-Jaben Parnell, and No. 2 doubles Carter Abbott and Landon Austin lost 8-2 to Carthage’s Colby Tandy-Julian Garrido-Reyes.
Neosho lost each dual against Branson and Joplin by 5-0 counts.
Against Branson, No. 2 Burghart lost 8-3 to Jon Scribner, No. 3 Abbott lost 8-3 to Mason Carlson, No. 4 McNeill lost 8-0 to Aaron Whited, No. 5 Austin lost 8-2 to T.J. Hauger, and No. 6 Houk lost 8-1 to Zach Thomas.
Against Joplin, No. 1 Henderson lost 6-0 to Lewis, No. 2 Burghart lost 6-0 to Asa Borup, No. 3 Abbott lost 6-0 to Kaden Seward, No. 4 McNeill lost 6-0 to Bennett Satterlee, and No. 5 Austin lost 6-0 to Nick Mailes.
Neosho finished regular season duals 4-10 overall and 1-8 COC. Please keep in mind that Neosho went through a winless season last season.
The Wildcats are slated to return to action Friday at the Thomas Jefferson Invitational in Joplin.
As of late Wednesday night, seeds had not been made official for the upcoming Class 2, District 12 tournament hosted by Carthage and including five other COC schools.