Tennis Ball



LHS Boys Tennis

Tennis is a lifetime sport, a good way to get cardio exercise, and enjoy those you hit with.  For example, Coach Wilson will be over 56 years old during the spring season; and still plays tennis regularly.  Coach Wilson played football, basketball, and tennis in high school; and enjoyed them all; but in mid and later life, football and basketball aren’t really options for regular exercise.  It’s never too late (or early) to start (and keep) playing tennis.
If you’ve never played tennis, now is a great time to give it a try as we are re-starting the program relatively softly with 5 JV meets and 3 varsity meets, so no one should be thrown to the wolves out of the starting gate.  Coach Wilson has free rackets available to borrow, so there should be no cost to the season--just student-athletes time and effort.
Several of the boys played Lyons Middle School tennis when they were in 7th and 8th grade, so that will help with them knowing what to expect at meets.  But for the players that haven’t been thru a tennis meet yet, everything will be new this year.  Hopefully, we can make it to the month of May having enjoyed the game of tennis and each other, and look forward to years of tennis to come.

"I’m looking forward to the boys competing to the best of their abilities, and enjoying the game of tennis. 
If we focus on the process of getting better, then the results (wins, losses, and satisfaction with our competitiveness) will take care of itself."
Jack Wilson
LHS boys tennis coach, Rule 10
KSHSAA Season Win/Lose Records - 2021-2022

Only coaches can coach the players during matches

Applauding good point play by both players is encouraged

Try not to applaud when a player or opponent makes an unforced error

Normal COVID guidelines, varying slightly by the meet host

2022 Team Members


Sam Steele, Victor Escobedo, Amare Campbell, Tabin McDaniel, Zachary Kottas, Merlin Behnke, Matthew Adams, Jarrett Smith

2022 Schedule


March 2020

LHS Boys Tennis - March 2020

Racket and tennis ball

Lyons Tennis Complex

The USD 405 6 court tennis complex was constructed in 2013. Located just North of the Lyons High School next to the Salty Archer softball field with parking available South of the courts. It has widely been regarded as one of the nicest facilities in central Kansas. The Lyons community will support and play tennis at this nice facility for years to come. 
“If you build it, they will come” so the saying goes.

Brief History of LHS Boys Tennis

1949 - First boys tennis team at LHS

1960 - Lyons High School had a state champion boys doubles team
Lyons High School's Nathan Granger and Bill Palmer won the Kansas Class A doubles championship in 1960.
Roger Caldwell, who was ranked, as one of the top three Class A singles players, qualified for state also in 1960 per the KSHSAA Website

Might be interesting to know the names of the doubles champions if available in an old yearbook or Lyons News archive.  I don’t currently have that information.

1967 - Last year Lyons High School offered boys tennis

1968-2020: The dark ages for LHS boys tennis

Lyons Middle School begins offering coed tennis for 7th and 8th graders for many years

2013 - USD 405 bond issue vote passes, which includes a new 6-court tennis complex west of the softball field to replace the 3 old courts north of the school

2020 - LHS boys tennis is restarted, only to be canceled due to COVID

2021 - First completed LHS boys tennis season in over 50 years

Below are tennis teams 1949-1967



KSHSAA Rule 10 coach

Accepted the position as LHS boys head coach in 2020
(202 season canceled due to COVID after 2 weeks of practice)

2020 assistant coach Fall 2020 for LHS girls

2015-2017 tennis coach at Fairfield High School

2016 assistant girls coach Russell High School

Retired mechanical engineer, 26.5-years in engineering

Sterling High School, then Kansas State University

The 1960 A-B State Champion Lyons High School Boys Tennis Team will be inducted into the Lyons Schools Hall of Fame on April 7. The team will be recognized at 12:30, prior to the start of the home tennis tournament at the LHS tennis courts. The team included Roger Caldwell, Bill Palmer, Wayne Fraser, John Jones, Nathan Granger, and Byron Welch. Several members plan to be in attendance. The team was coached by Art Baldwin. After a short ceremony at the tennis courts, guests will be invited to join the team in the LHS main hallway for the Hall of Fame unveiling and then in the cafeteria for a reception. The Hall of Fame, sponsored by the USD 405 Education Endowment Association, is a 75” interactive touchscreen display with photos and biographical information on inductees. The Hall of Fame can also be viewed online at

1960 Tennis Team

Photo Back Row L:R Nathan Granger, Bob Moody, Roger Caldwell, Bill Palmer. Front Row L:R Wayne Fraser, John Jones, Byron Welch, Wayne Bell.

Tennis ball and Racket