The Pittsburg High School boys tennis team opened up the 2009 season on Tuesday at the Independence Invitational.

The Pittsburg High School boys tennis team opened up the 2009 season on Tuesday at the Independence Invitational.
The Dragons went 2-2 as a team in the five-team tournament, beating Iola and Fort Scott but losing to Independence and Chanute.
The finish led the Dragons to a third-place showing as a team behind meet winner Independence and second-place Chanute.
Against Iola, in the first match of the day, Mike Giffen defeated Ken Stutt at No. 2 singles, 8-6 and the Dragons’ double’s teams of Josn Hamilton and Josh Vannurden along with Josh Reed and Clay Southern both won their matches.
At No. 1 singles, Miles Crowley was defeated by Ken Toland, 6-0.
The Dragons fell in every match but No. 2 doubles against Chanute where Reed and Southern defeated Cody Diamond and David Collins, 6-3.
Independence made a clean sweep of Pittsburg in their four matches but, the Dragons ended the day winning three of four against Fort Scott.
Crowley knocked off Ben Britley, 6-3 at No. 1 singles and Giffen defeated Kai Simonsmins, 6-3 at No. 2 singles.
Hamilton and Vannruden dispatched of Josh Grant and Dustin Willard at No. 1 doubles, 6-3 but, Kris Lamb and Charlie Sercer defeated Reed and Southern, 6-4, at No. 2 doubles.

Prep tennis
at Independence
March 24, 2009
Team scores — 1. Independence 19, 2. Chanute 9, 3. Pittsburg 7, 4. Fort Scott 5, 5. Iola 3
PHS individuals
vs. Iola
Ken Toland (IOLA) def. Miles Crowley (PHS), 6-0
Mike Giffen (PHS) def. Ken Stutt (IOLA), 8-6
John Hamilton/Josh Vannurden (PHS) def. Michael Middleton/Chas Vaughn (IOLA), 6-2
Josh Reed/Clay Southern (PHS) def. Mack Melvin/Deven Manbeck (IOLA), 6-0
vs. Chanute
Matt Stalt (CHA) def. Crowley, 6-2
Jimmie Quinn (CHA) def. Giffen, 6-4
Mason Johnson/Ian Cheshier (CHA) def. Hamilton/Vannurden, 6-4
Reed/Southern def. Cody Diamond/David Collins (CHA), 6-3
vs. Independence
Dan Porter (INDY) def. Crowley, 6-0
Mason Posch (INDY) def. Giffen, 6-3
Shane Ferguson/Omar Elshabassy (INDY) def. Hamilton/Vannurden, 6-1
Wes Goodrich/Anthony Davis (INDY) def. Reed/Southern, 6-0
vs. Fort Scott
Crowley def. Ben Britley (FS), 6-3
Giffen def. Kai Simonsmins (FS), 6-3
Hamilton/Vannruden def. Josh Grant/Dustin Willard (FS), 6-3
Kris Lamb/Charlie Sercer (FS) def. Reed/Southern, 6-4