Archive for Thursday, April 29, 1999

FRIENDS ARE FOES IN LHS, BALDWIN TENNIS

April 29, 1999

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Don't expect ESPN to show highlights of Wednesday's tennis match between Lawrence High's Mike Connolly and Baldwin's Blake Glover.

It wasn't quite that big, but it was an anticipated high school match.

"You won't see a lot of high school matches this quality," said BHS coach Bill Scott after Glover beat Connolly, 8-4. "This was special because they're good friends, yet on the court it's no holds barred and they're worst enemies. There was a lot of talking before this match."

That talking included a shout of "look at the scoreboard, Mike," from Glover after the match and is sure to continue for a while.

"Oh definitely, I'm going to hear about this," Connolly said. "I play poker with him every weekend, so I'll hear all about it ... don't worry about that."

The friendship developed last summer after the two juniors played doubles together on the Missouri Valley circuit. They held a No. 5 ranking in a five-state region. Connolly placed fifth at the Class 6A state singles tournament and Glover teamed with his brother, Chad, to win back-to-back Class 4A state doubles titles.

"We won some pretty big tournaments together," Connolly said. "We have the same game. He was just on today."

Connolly and Glover practice against each other every week, and both recognized the importance of an official match.

"Of course there's a rivalry and there was something to be won today -- bragging rights," Glover said. "I played well today, Mike didn't play as well as he could have, and that was basically the match."

But not the end.

"We'll play another two or three times before the season's over," Connolly said. "Last time we played he won, the time before that I won, it goes back and forth."

In other action, Lawrence used different lineups in all six doubles matches and came away with four victories.

"We're still looking for good combinations and I'm not sure we've found them," LHS coach Dick Wedel said. "We've got the right one there somewhere, I just have to find it."

Overall, LHS won eight of 12 matches.

"You have to be happy with that," Wedel said. "They all played fine, but we're still looking for that doubles combination."

The Lions defeated Baldwin, 3-1, Shawnee Mission West, 4-0, and lost to Olathe South, 3-1.

Lawrence next plays Wednesday at Leavenworth.

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