Seahawk duo earn state berth

? Seabury Academy’s Simon Thompson and Scotty King earned a trip to the Class 3-2-1A boys state tennis tournament Monday, teaming up for a fourth-place finish in doubles in regional play at the Indian Creek Tennis Courts.

Thompson and King entered as the No. 2 seed, earning a bye into the second round. In their first match, they cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 victory over a Leavenworth Immaculata tandem, guaranteeing a spot in the semifinals and an automatic trip to state.

The pair lost their final two matches, but that didn’t dim the excitement about qualifying for state play this weekend in Hutchinson.

“I think it’s great. Fantastic. I’m very excited,” Seabury coach Kirstie Elliott said.

Shiv Subramaniam won one match in singles before falling to Shawnee Maranatha’s Kyle McCracken in the quarterfinals.

Brooke Sutherland dropped her first singles match, as did the doubles team of Ashley Woolsey and Gabrielle Dillon.

“Overall, I think we came away with a very positive experience,” Elliott said. “I think they learned a lot of lessons. It was fun. : We had a great time.”