PRAIRIE VILLAGE Free State junior Keith Pipkin went 1-2 at the Class 6A state tennis tournament Friday and advanced to the second day.
Pipkin will meet Clark Richardson of Blue Valley North at 9 a.m. today. If he wins, he would play for ninth place. A loss would eliminate him.
"Getting a win at state is always an accomplishment," FSHS coach Jon Renberger said.
Pipkin fell to Jonathan Hack of Blue Valley Northwest, 6-0, 6-0, then defeated Logan Comstock of Maize, 9-8 (7-3), before losing to third-seeded Will Gates of Shawnee Mission East, 9-7.
"To lose 6-0, 6-0 is always discouraging," Renberger said. "To come back from that was a good sign. I was proud of him. To lose a 9-7 match to the No. 3 seed shows he not only is deserving of being here, but he can play with anybody here."
Pipkin also decided to attend his first two classes of the day at Free State rather than take the entire school day off.
"It was the first time we have had a player in the first round of the state tournament who decided to go to his first two classes of the day," Renberger said.
Seabury's Dillon ousted
Dodge City - Seabury Academy junior Grayson Dillon went 0-2 in the Class 1-2-3 state tennis tournament Friday.
Dillon fell to Zane Ochs of Hoisington, 6-3, 7-5, and Thomas Harris of Hutchinson Trinity, 9-4. Dillon led 5-1 in the second set against Ochs.
"I think Grayson is disappointed," Seabury coach Marcus Heckman said, "because skillwise, he's probably one of the top eight players there. He had a tough time getting going after losing his first one. He picked up some good experience. I think he's motivated to work hard this summer and make a trip back next year."