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Multiple Teams · Benham makes school history, first state qualifier all four years

Senior Logan Benham during the varsity home tournament on March 31 against Iola. Photo by Aspin Durbin.
Senior Logan Benham during the varsity home tournament on March 31 against Iola. Photo by Aspin Durbin

Benham, McAfee qualify for state tennis
by Morgan Plank, The Booster Redux

When senior Logan Benham qualified for state for the fourth consecutive year, he became the first tennis player in school history to do so.

“This was my goal this year. We found out at the end of my junior year [I would be the first to do this] so I really wanted to make it all four years,” Benham said. “It shows my hard work has paid off. I’m pretty proud.”

This season, and throughout his career, Benham has celebrated several accomplishments.

“He set the school record for number of singles victories for boys,” coach John Seal said. “He was 110-30 and has a 500 record at state competitions, which is hard to do. Usually freshmen and sophomores have a difficult time.”

In addition, he has earned All-State the past two years and is the singles SEK Champion this season.

However, Benham’s ultimate goal is bigger.

“I’m shooting more for the goal to win state this year so I have really been practicing extremely hard this year and season,” Benham said.

At last year’s state competition, Benham placed ninth. To close the gap and reach his goal, he has been practicing three and a half hours everyday.

“Logan outworks anyone he plays and doesn’t say a word, he just wins,” Seal said. “He honestly has a chance to win the state title.”

Alongside Benham will be freshman Devin McAfee.

“Devin, for a freshman, is awesome and he is still learning to win,” Seal said. “A league title and 26 matches is great in the first place, but to place third at regionals is great for a player this young.”

McAfee has high hopes as he begins his first state competition.

“I have worked pretty hard. It means a lot [to qualify,]” McAfee said. I hope to win my first two matches and get to the second day at least.”