Sub-state, regional destinations named
Plenty of De Soto teams harbor big plans after the fall's regular season comes to an end.
Those teams are just now finding out where and when they'll get the opportunity to execute those plans.
The first Cats to start postseason action are those of the tennis team, and their wait is already nearly over.
What was formerly just a one-day tennis regional was split into separate stages this season, and the Cats will play in the first of those -- regionals -- starting at about 9:30 a.m. in Baldwin.
After the field is whittled down through three rounds, De Soto will travel for its sub-state. The Cats will play early afternoon matches Saturday at Topeka Hayden.
Senior singles player Hannah Konetzni enters the regional tournament with an 11-match winning streak after having won five matches Thursday at the Bonner Springs Invitational.
She's 24-3 on the season.
Hana Lindbloom and Rebekah Gulley also were undefeated at Bonner Springs and sit at 25-2 heading into the final events of the season.
Suzie Gulley won the No. 2 doubles bracket at Bonner and is 20-7 on the season.
Kara Doherty and Brittny Smith will round out De Soto's regionals contingent as the No. 2 doubles team, heading to Topeka with a 7-8 record.
The volleyball team will play its sub-state tournament Oct. 20 in Lenexa at St. James Academy.
The Wildcats, 5-14 on the year, will have difficult competition in the 2005 Class 4A state champion, Santa Fe Trail, the 2006 champion Eudora and team currently ranked No. 1 in the state, undefeated St. James.
The cross country team will also run at regionals on the same day, heading to Ottawa. The girls will run at 11 a.m. and the boys at 11:30 at the Eisenhower Road course.
The Cats will see all the familiar faces, including rivals Baldwin and Eudora and Frontier League schools Louisburg, Paola and Spring Hill.