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  • Wilde takes SEK League title in No. 2 singles

  •  Pittsburg tied for second in the Southeast Kansas League and senior Brittany Wilde won a league title in No. 2 singles on Saturday.



    Head coach John Seal talked about the day for all six players — No. 1 singles Katy Short, Wilde, No. 1 doubles Laikyn Long-MaKayla Pichler and No. 2 doubles Katie Phalen-Emily Baden.

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  •  Pittsburg tied for second in the Southeast Kansas League and senior Brittany Wilde won a league title in No. 2 singles on Saturday.
    Head coach John Seal talked about the day for all six players — No. 1 singles Katy Short, Wilde, No. 1 doubles Laikyn Long-MaKayla Pichler and No. 2 doubles Katie Phalen-Emily Baden.
    “I know we didn’t finish as high in doubles as we wanted to but I’ve got to give my doubles kids, all four of them, just amazing amounts of credit because they played hard,” Seal said. “They just got after it and we’re going to get better. They’re all underclassmen and they’re looking forward to playing together. They’re pretty good and they’re all great kids. (MaKayla) Pichler and (Laikyn) Long are dandies, they’re a good No. 1 doubles team and they’ll do well next year. (Katie) Phalen and (Emily) Baden have done really well. I’m really happy with them. We can’t complain.
    “She (Short) played well against (Jennifer) Harrison, who’s a good player from Fort Scott and who she lost to earlier in the year. Boy, she came back and played her good. (Madison) Wendt (Chanute) was on a roll today. Wendt played Abbi Groff tough, from Independence, she lost a close match. It was Wendt’s day and maybe we’ll get a chance next Friday and Saturday.
    “Brittany Wilde, she’s the first I’ve had win a SEK Championship here for me. I believe it’s only the third time in school history we’ve had a SEK champion in girls tennis.”
    Wilde, No. 2 seed, defeated Jessica So Yung of Coffeyville 8-0 in the first round, Paige Smith of Labette County 6-1, 6-0 in the semifinals and Ashlyn Conner of Independence 6-4, 6-1 in the finals. No. 4 seed Conner upended top seed Sami Ford of Parsons in the semifinals.
    Short, seeded fourth, lost two matches to Madison Wendt of Chanute, one in the first round and the other 6-2, 6-2 in the third-place match. Short defeated Jennifer Harrison of Fort Scott 8-3 in the consolation bracket.
    Phalen-Baden took fourth in No. 2 doubles, losing 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 to Chelsea Bearrick-Beth Ungles of Chanute in the third-place match.
    With only Wilde being a senior, the future appears to look bright for Pittsburg.
    “We’ve got a shot at doing some things in the future,” Seal said. “Strong JV program that’s 16-3 with two of those losses at a varsity tournament where we finished third last Tuesday and a 14-6 record for varsity this year with basically most of our people coming back. I’m real happy with that.”
    Seal thanked the PHS boosters and the supportive administration.
    Team results: Independence 26, Pittsburg 15, Parsons 15, Chanute 14, Fort Scott 13, Labette County 4, Coffeyville 1.

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