Tennis players throughout the state will begin their singles and doubles roads to the state finals this weekend.
Glendale’s Micha Klousia and the Central team of Ryan Bunselmeyer and Devin Cavero are local names to watch.
Klousia and the Falcons are playing today at Cooper Tennis Complex, while Central is competing at Branson on Saturday.
First- and second-place finishers also will need to win sectional matches to qualify for state, May 24-25 at Cooper.
Parkview was disappointed in receiving the No. 3 seed in Class 5 District 11 and that means an extra postseason game for coach John Thompson’s team.
The co-Ozark Conference champions will play host and No. 6 seed Branson in a district quarterfinal, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Prior to that game, West Plains and Nixa will play at 4.
Kickapoo and Ozark, which received the byes, await winners in Monday’s semifinals.
The finals are scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday.
State golf finals get under way, with many of the two-day tournaments being contested locally.
Silo Ridge Golf Course in Bolivar will play host to Class 1, Fremont Hills Country Club hosts Class 3, and Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield has Class 4.
Only Class 3, at Sedalia Country Club, will be played outside of southwest Missouri.
Several locals have chances to earn all-state honors (or better), but Republic’s Dylan Bekemeier is one to watch in Class 4. The junior won the Class 3 state title last spring.
It’s always a big matchup when Nixa and Ozark meet on any field.
But with their seasons on the line in a Class 3 District 11 semifinal match at Nixa, it’s an even bigger stage for the Christian County rivals.
High-scoring Ozark forward Morgan Davidson will try to hold off her rivals, which trounced the Lady Tigers 7-1 on April 23.
The 7 p.m. game follows a match between top-seeded Glendale and Branson.
— Matt Schoch