Republic seniors Chase Elder and Jon Cole finished their careers at the state tournament in Springfield Thursday. Elder and Cole dropped both their matches, losing first to a team from Oakville then to a team from Rockhurst.
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“Chase and Jon played and competed quite well, these were just very good doubles teams they were playing,” Smashey said. “The level is so high, especially in Class 3, and the atmosphere is really special. It’s always a proud moment to see your players walk out onto the court in the state tournament.”
Smashey said Cole and Elder’s contribution to the program will continue even after their graduation.
“I appreciate so much what Chase and Jon have meant to the team over these past four years and I believe their impact on the culture of the team will persist for years to come,” he said.
Photos by David Brazeal