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TopSports.news' Shawnee County 12 girls tennis players to watch

By RICK PETERSON

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Haley Carpenter, Topeka High

A junior, Carpenter advanced to the Class 6A state tournament last fall in doubles, teaming with Adisyn Caryl to earn a trip to the state tournament with a fourth-place regional finish.

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Adisyn Caryl, Topeka High

Caryl, a junior, competed for the Trojans in the 6A state tournament last fall in doubles, teaming up with Carpenter for a fourth-place regional finish. A two-time state qualifier in tennis, Caryl also plays basketball and softball for High, helping the Trojans win a 6A softball state title last spring.

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Kate Fritz, Washburn Rural

A junior, Fritz competed in the 2020 6A state tournament for Rural, teaming with Meredith Kucera to win a Class 6A regional championship. Fritz, a two-time state qualifier, and Kucera took third in doubles in the Centennial League tournament.

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Meredith Kucera, Washburn Rural

Kucera, a junior, advanced to the 6A state tournament for the Junior Blues last fall, teaming with Fritz to win a 6A regional championship. Kucera and Fritz placed third in the Centennial League tournament. Kucera is a two-time state qualifier.

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Anna Newcome, Topeka West

Newcome, a senior, competed for Topeka West in both singles and doubles last season and will be counted on to be a team leader for the Chargers in the 2021 campaign. Newcome came within a win of reaching state in a limited field in '20 due to COVID, losing in a tiebreaker.

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Lauren Sandstrom, Hayden

A sophomore, Sandstrom qualified for the 4A state tournament in singles for the Wildcats last fall as a freshman, placing fourth in regional competition.

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Emily Sheetz, Hayden 

Sheetz is expected to crack Hayden's starting lineup this fall as a freshman in either singles or doubles.

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Alivia Sherer, Rossville/Hayden

Sherer will compete in regular-season matches as a co-op player for Hayden before competing for Rossville in 3A-1A postseason competition.

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Lauren Sweeney, Seaman

A junior, Sweeney teamed with Grace Unruh to win city, Centennial League and 5A regional doubles championships before posting a fourth-place finish in the 5A state meet. Sweeney is a two-time state qualifier.

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Grace Unruh, Seaman

Unruh, a senior two-time state medalist, teamed with Sweeney to sweep the doubles championships in city, Centennial League and 5A regional competition before posting a fourth-place finnish in the 5A state meet.

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Sheriden Wichman, Washburn Rural

A senior, Wichman was a Class 6A state medalist in doubles as a freshman and is the two-time defending city singles champion, advancing to the state tournament in singles the last two seasons. Wichman placed second in the Centennial League in singles in 2020.

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Ainzley Zulueta, Hayden

Zulueta will be counted on to make an immediate impact for Hayden and in 4A competition this fall as a promising freshman.

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