Raising a racket

Iola High's tennis team enters the final week of the regular season with another match at Pittsburg Thursday. Singles players Miah Shelby and Keira Fawson both took second in their respective divisions.



September 24, 2021 - 3:02 PM

Miah Shelby returns a volley in a tennis match earlier this season. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

PITTSBURG — Iola’s High’s tennis team continues to excel as the 2021 season reaches the home stretch.

Iola’s Miah Shelby and Keira Fawson both brought home second-place finishes in their respective singles competitions. 

Shelby played in the top singles bracket, while Fawson was in the No. 2 singles division. Both played well, and fought hard in tough losses to end the day, head coach  Chris Belknap said.

Fawson fell in a tie-breaker in her defeat.

Individual scores from the meet were unavailable.

Iola’s Genevive Ward and Kennedy Maier, who have played as doubles partners all season, were placed in the No. 1 doubles bracket, thus putting them against the top doubles teams from the other schools.

They played well, but went 0-3, Belknap said.

Meanwhile, Iola’s other doubles team of Rebekah Coltrane and Charlie Peters combined to go 1-2 on the day in No. 2 doubles.

Iola High’s Charlie Peters approaches the ball in a doubles match earlier this season.Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

“As a team, we did really well keeping up each other’s spirits and having fun,” Belknap said. “We got to learn things from each match to work on during practice and will strive to do better!”

Iola’s junior varsity wraps up its season on Monday with a meet at Chanute. The varsity’s final regular season matches are at Pittsburg Tuesday.

Two weeks of practice follow, with Class 4A Regionals beginning Oct. 9 in Independence.