The Swather 14-and-under tennis program went 3-0 in June against teams from Arkansas City and Independence to earn a qualifying spot in the MVTA 14-and under Team Tennis Sectional Championships on July 27-28 in Topeka.
The Hesston teens will face teams from Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa.
“This community has a very strong tennis tradition and this is just another way to help support that. Coach Dahlsten and Coach Sebits do a wonderful job with their programs and this is a way to help keep things going,” said head coach Lonnie Isaac.
Isaac said the winner of the tournament will earn a spot at nationals, held in October in North Carolina.
As a coach, Isaac said tennis talent runs deep in Hesston and he has wanted to capitalize on the skill level of youths and get them interested in the sport.
“I have been interested for several years now in getting a team together in Hesston,” he said.
Like many parents and coaches, Isaac said finding time for traveling and practices has been the greatest challenge of the season.
“This summer, it worked. Having a son in this age group also was a reason I wanted to coach and get things started,” he said.
After such a successful first season, Isaac hopes more youth will be interested in the program and supporting Hesston’s tennis legacy.
“This is a talented group of young players and I am hopeful that next year we can have teams in several age groups,” he said.