Iola earns top spots at Chanute 

Iola's Rebekah Coltrane took first and Keira Fawson grabbed second place when the Mustangs competed at Chanute Thursday afternoon.



September 15, 2023 - 4:37 PM

Iola's Rebekah Coltrane. Photo by Quinn Burkitt

Iola High’s Rebekah Coltrane took home a first-place finish while Keira Fawson grabbed a second place finish Thursday at the Chanute Tennis Invitational.

Coltrane swept her opponents, defeating Kayann Humble of Pittsburg, 8-6, Presley Banzet of Coffeyville, 8-4, and Bryleigh Hymer of Fort Scott, 8-7.

Fawson defeated Pittsburg’s Hayden Turnbull, 8-4 and Coffeyville’s Emma Thompson, 8-3. She then lost to Fort Scott’s Abbie Gorman, 8-4. 

“Everyone played very well,” Iola head coach Chris Belknap said. “We even had a tiebreaker until Molly Riebel and Melanie Palmer lost 8-7. We had one of the best weather days of tennis since I have coached. It was pleasantly warm and the breeze was perfect.” 

Iola’s duo of Kyndal Bycroft and Harper Desmarteau lost to Pittsburg’s Indiana Grotheer and Savannah Grotheer, 8-2. The Mustangs then defeated Coffeyville’s Lyndsey Geisen and Lindsey Hayden, 8-4. 

The Mustang duo of Molly Riebel and Melanie Palmer lost to Pittsburg’s Roary Hunziker and Bree Huebner, 8-7. Then they fell to Coffeyville’s Evalen Craften and Sarah Turner, 8-7. In pool play, Riebel and Palmer defeated Chanute’s Ava Campbell and Laynie Jones, 1-0. 

THE MUSTANGS face off in Chanute again on Wednesday at 3 p.m. 

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