Camdenton played host to School of the Osage and six other teams Thursday and Friday for the Laker Invitational.
At the end of the two-day tournament, Kirksville won the title while Willow Springs captured second, Waynesville finished third and the Lakers placed fourth.
Camdenton did not get the exact result it was hoping for, but Coach Kirk Richey was proud of his guys after finishing second in their pool with champion Kirksville, Clinton and Richland after the first day and still having an opportunity to come away with the third place plaque on Friday.
“We were without two varsity players due to a Science Research competition for this tournament so finishing second in our pool was a great accomplishment,” Richey stated. “The kids that played in the tournament did a tremendous job of raising their level of play and we competed very well being shorthanded.”
Camdenton topped Richland 6-3 in the first round as the Lakers took four matches in singles play and two more in doubles play.
Grant Burton and Luke Haas shutout their opponents 8-0 in singles play while Sid Ketcham won 8-2 and Matthew Gahn picked up an 8-5 win. In doubles play, the team of Burton and Ketcham picked up an 8-0 shutout while Gahn and Josiah Scheidemantle won 8-3.
In the second round the Lakers fell 8-1 to eventual champion Kirksville. Ketcham had the lone win for the Lakers in singles play taking a 9-8 overtime win.
The third round on Thursday saw Camdenton take on Clinton and the Lakers came away with a 6-3 victory. In singles play Burton and Nate Garton won 8-4, Gahn beat his opponent 8-6 and Scheidemantle picked up an 8-3 win. In doubles play it was the team of Burton and Ketcham who picked up an 8-1 win while Gahn and Scheidemantle topped their opponent 8-6.
Camdenton met a tough Waynesville team in the third place match on Saturday, but it was a good experience for the Lakes as they dive into Ozark Conference play. Moving forward, Richey is looking for his veterans to lead the way.
“We continue to stay focused on playing our best tennis as a team in the Ozark Conference tournament and the postseason,” Richey said of the road ahead. “The experience and leadership that Grant Burton brings to the courts every match cannot be overlooked. Grant does a tremendous job of keeping the team focused and positive.”
Osage (2-6) competed in the Lebanon pool and defeated host Lebanon 5-4 in the first round, fell to Waynesville 7-2 in the second and lost a tough 5-4 match to Willow Springs in the final round. The details of each match were unavailable at the time of press. Up next for the Indians is a home match against Sedalia Smith-Cotton on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Camdenton (4-2) was scheduled to visit Bolivar on Monday and the Lakers will host Richland on Tuesday at 4 p.m.