FARMINGTON -- Sikeston's tennis team opened the 2002 season on a positive note Saturday, winning the Farmington tournament.
The Bulldogs posted a team score of 42, beating second place, Farmington, by 16 points. Poplar Bluff and Potosi also competed in the event, tying for third place with 11 points each.
"We had a good day overall," said Sikeston coach Brian James. "I anticipated Cape being in it, up until three days before the tournament, and I knew we would have our hands full with them. After I saw (Cape Central) wasn't in it, I expected us to do quite well. I felt we had a chance of winning it."
The tournament was filled with six mini-tournaments, with the top seeds playing the top seeds from each team, all the way down to No. 6.
In the No. 1 tournament, Sikeston's Stephen Pobst received a bye in the first round, then defeated Farmington's John Crews in the finals, 6-1, 6-1.
In the No. 2 tournament, Sikeston's Adam Hahs also received a first-round bye, then beat Farmington's Josh Bertran in the finals, 6-1, 6-0.
In the third spot, Sikeston's Peter Jones beat Poplar Bluff's Andrew Harper in the first round, 6-1, 6-0. In the finals, Jones defeated Potosi's Caleb Shepard, 6-1, 6-0.
At No. 4, Sikeston's Marc Leible beat Potosi's Jake Voelker in the first round, 6-1, 6-1. In the finals, he defeated Farmington's Suchip Pattell, 6-0, 6-1.
In the No. 5 tournament, Sikeston's Aaron Senter beat Poplar Bluff's Spencer Piland in the first round, 6-1, 6-1. In the finals, he defeated Farmington's Josh Hise, 6-2, 6-2.
In the tournament for No. 6 seeds, Sikeston's Ben Jones beat Farmington's Lance Fisher in the first round, 6-1, 6-1. In the finals, he defeated Poplar Bluff's Andy Clark, 6-3, 6-1.
"I thought everybody played pretty well," said James. "You've got guys like Ben Jones and Marc Leible playing their first varsity matches, and I thought they performed quite well. We took care of business."
Sikeston will be back in action after Spring Break, hosting Cape Central on April 4.