De Soto’s Zac Blue ends season with a second place finish
A season at number one was followed by a State finish of number two for De Soto's Zac Blue. Following the lead of the youth movement in De Soto track, the tennis team was led by Blue, a sophomore, who capped off a memorable year by finishing second in state last Saturday in Hutchinson.
Blue won three matches at State before falling to Chris Schultz of Parsons 6-0, 6-0. Schultz finished his stellar season 32-0.
Coach Doug Opdycke was excited about Blue's performance at State. "Zac played great both days. He was really fun to watch, controlling his matches from the start," Opdycke said.
After winning three matches while losing only seven games, Blue came out determined against Schultz, who all season lost only 27 games.
"Zac was ready when he played Schultz in the finals," Opdycke said, "but Schultz played outstanding tennis as he has all year. Zac couldn't get a game from him but played to deuce many times and contested every point."
Schultz had beaten Blue at the Paola tournament a week earlier 6-2, 6-3.
In the team point standings, De Soto tied with Ottawa, which took second in doubles play. Parsons won the team crown, its third straight.
Opdycke was optimistic about the future of DHS tennis. "Drew Guntert and Tyler Johnson will be playing doubles for De Soto. Both are sophomores and have the potential to advance to State," he said. Both made great strides and should be even better next year, he added.
The number two doubles team of sophomore John Hall and junior Eric Kramer played some varsity doubles this season and should see extensive time on varsity next year.
Mill Valley's Marcus Cockroft and Lourenco Diniz played varsity all season. Both graduated last weekend. Diniz, an exchange student from Brazil, finished the year at 11-5 in singles play.