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Another one bites the dust

posted Oct 18, 2017, 10:02 AM by Makenna Beesley   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 10:07 AM by Adyson Koster ]

Tennis Girls Succeed at Regionals - Adyson Koster

The tennis girls represented Conway Springs High School in Regional Tennis on Oct 7.  It took place in South Barber, Kan., as an all-day event.

Senior Sabrina Bellar and junior Molly Schmanke competed in singles, and senior Jera Wolke and sophomore Kara Koester, and junior Leslie Mies and sophomore Karlee Osner in doubles.

“It was really exciting that we did so well at Regionals and [went] to state,” Osner said.

All the girls who competed in regionals qualified for state tennis that will take place near Kansas City on Oct. 13-14.

“Regionals went really well, and I [was] excited for state,” Mies said.

Seven teams competed in the regional tournament, and the winners of the tournament  went on to face the winners of other tournaments.

“The competition was the same this year. Everyone has to go out and play well, and I think we all played good,” Bellar said.


The girls’ tennis team took a trip up to Prairie Village, Kansas City to compete in the state tennis meet. The team took third, and all six girls placed.

Photo courtesy of Jerica Bell



Another one bites the dust at state--Makenna Beesley

As the tennis season came to an end, seniors Sabrina Bellar and Jera Wolke; juniors Leslie Mies and Molly Schmanke; and sophomores Kara Koester and Karlee Osner competed in the state meet in Prairie Village, near Kansas City. Bellar and Schmanke competed in singles, and Koester and Wolke and Mies and Osner competed in doubles.

“I think we played really well,” Koester said. “We are the first team [from CSHS] where everyone placed at state, so that was good.”

The team left Oct. 12 after a send-off during school and competed Oct. 13-14. Bellar placed third, Koester and Wolke placed fourth, Mies and Osner placed ninth, and Schmanke placed eleventh. The team ended the season third overall.

“I think we all played really hard and competed well,” Bellar said. “I’m proud of how our team did. I’m kind of sad it’s over, but I have a lot of good memories.”

Out of the past 27 years, CSHS has had girls go to state 26 times.

“I think everyone played well in the hunt,” head coach Chris Bellar said. “Everyone set goals at the beginning of the season, and they all either accomplished them or exceeded them. Getting a state trophy is definitely an accomplishment too.”


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