Camdenton senior Grant Burton and Osage senior Roman Trowbridge are the last lake area tennis players left standing.
After both the Lakers and Indians were knocked out of team districts, the two competed in their respective individual singles/doubles tournaments over the weekend and both survived and advanced to the singles sectional round and are just one step away from the state tournament.
Burton, who has represented the Lakers in the No. 1 spot for the past four years and is 20-3 this year in singles play, defeated Waynesville’s Tyler Garman 6-1 and 6-0 in the Class 2 District 10 singles championship in Springfield.
Meanwhile, Trowbridge took over the No. 1 spot for the Indians this year and advanced to the Class 1 District 8 singles championship where he lost a three-set battle to Father Tolton’s Drew Hedrick. Trowbridge won the first set 6-3, lost the second 6-2 and lost the tiebreaker 12-10, but the top two players advance so he will get a crack at advancing to state.
Trowbridge was scheduled to take on Kirksville’s Ruslan Pultz Tuesday night in Mexico with a trip to state on the line and Burton will be in action on Wednesday in Columbia to take on Rock Bridge’s Kamran Farid at 4 p.m.