Carpenter and Caryl star as Trojans claim team title in High tourney

Rick Peterson


Topeka High tennis standouts Haley Carpenter and Adisyn Caryl experienced success in their first year as doubles partners last season, including an appearance in the Class 6A state tournament.

But Carpenter and Caryl have stepped up their game this fall, including the No. 1 doubles championship in Wednesday's Topeka Invitational at Kossover Tennis Center as the Trojans captured the team title by a 30-29 margin over Olathe East.

E XGyWHX0Ag eeJTopeka High No. 1 doubles players Adisyn Caryl (left) and Haley Carpenter celebrate a point in Wednesday's Topeka Invitational. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

Carpenter and Caryl went a perfect 4-0 in Wednesday's tournament, including a 6-2, 7-5 decision over Olathe East in the doubles championship match to improve to 13-1 on the season. 

"They're much more in sync with each other because they just played half a year together last year,'' Topeka High coach Duane Pomeroy said. "Adisyn has been our top player, but she likes doubles over singles, and Haley is the one that's really improved from last year to this year so she's on par with Adisyn and when one is struggling most of the time the other one picks them up.''

E XIFdSWEAQVtU6Topeka High tennis player Adisyn Caryl returns a shot during Wednesday's Topeka Invitational. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

E XHkcZX0AMz6y4Topeka High's Haley Carpenter makes a returning during Wednesday's Topeka Invitational. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

Caryl agreed with her coach that this fall is going very well for the Trojan doubles team.

"This year we started off and just did really well and every single tournament or quad we just keep getting better and better,'' Caryl said. 

"It's a lot better this year,'' Carpenter agreed. "We know what (other teams) are going to do and we can trust each other a lot more this year so that's really nice.''

After taking a decisive win in the first set against Olathe East in Wednesday's championship matc, Topeka High fell behind in the second set before rallying for the win.

"I think for us it was all about determination,'' Caryl said.

Carpenter agreed.

"We were really tired and we just had a lot of trouble when they were serving and kind of got down, but it was OK because we got back on track and still won,'' she said.

Topeka High also got a championship from McCall Beall, who claimed the No. 2 singles crown with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Lawrence, while the No. 2 doubles team of Aleshia Alvarez and Keira Trupp finished second and No. 1 singles player Mary Dietrick finished fourth.

Beall improved to 11-0 in No. 2 singles.

"It's been real good,'' Pomeroy said. "We competed. And to get two championships and pull out the team title is great.''

Shawnee Heights' Laura Elkoubysi finished third in No. 1 singles with a 6-2, 6-0 win over High's Dietrick while the fourth-place T-Birds got a fourth-place finish in No. 2 doubles from Hannah Sixkiller and Addyson Bryant and fifths in No. 2 singles from Victoria Soto and No. 2 doubles from Shelby Elskamp and Ariah Durkes.

Topeka West's Anna Newcome finished fifth in No. 1 singles with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Junction City's Abby Ratts.


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Topeka High soccer blanks rival Topeka West, 3-0

Isaac Deer


The longstanding soccer rivalry between Topeka High and Topeka West was renewed Tuesday night at Hummer Sports Park, with the Trojans rolling to a 3-0 victory over the Chargers.

Leading the offense for Topeka High was freshman CJ Brown, who had a pair of first-half goals to give the Trojans the momentum before Chris Gomez added High's final goal.

“We knew with West it was going to be a fight,'' Topeka High coach Derek Snook said. "A tough, competitive rivalry brings the best out of our team.

“Overall, we played well at times. We hit the shots when we needed them to hit and we keep on getting better.”

Topeka High put on an impressive defensive performance against the Chargers.

Midfielder Zaka Blocker had a few key stops to keep Topeka West off the scoreboard while goalkeeper Logan Murray turned in highlight-reel plays all night long.

The key defensive moment was when Murray made a terrific save at the 14:17 mark of the second half.

“Logan was impressive tonight,'' Snook said. "He came up big in moments when we really needed him.” 

Topeka West will host Junction City on Thursday while Topeka High will take on city rival Shawnee Heights at the Bettis Family Sports Complex.


Topeka High -- Goals: CJ Brown 2, Chris Gomez. Assists: Sergio Ramirez, Jamie Alvarado. Shutout: Logan Murray.

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