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C-Falls, Whitefish, Polson netters start 2-0 at state

Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 

BILLINGS — Northwestern A singles champion Emily Getts of Columbia Falls edged closer to her first state title on Thursday by winning first- and second-round matches at the Class A state tournament.

She breezed by Annie Hill of Glendivbe 6-1, 6-0 and took care of Roxy Rademacher of Corvallis 6-3, 6-0.

Whitefish’s Caroline Carbo and Heather Luedtke advanced with two victories. They topped Ellery Bresler and Breck Don on Havre 6-3, 7-5 and Emma Decker and Annie Sangler of Corvallis 6-3, 6-4.

Hardin, Corvallis and Billings Central share the top spot in the standings with 11 points each. Livingston, nine, is fourth, and Whitefish, six, fifth.

Columbia Falls and Havre are tied for sixth with four each.

On the boys side, Billings Central lead with 12 points. Glendive and Corvallis are tied for second with nine each.

Havre, eight, is fourth and Polson, seven, fifth.

Polson’s Brady Hislop won twice, downing Noble Vance of Livingston 6-1, 6-4 and Alma Powell of Corvallis 6-4, 6-2.

Corvallis girls tied at the top

BILLINGS – The Corvallis girls are at the front of the pack in the race for this year’s State A tennis championship, but the Blue Devils have plenty of company.

Corvallis is tied for first with Hardin and Billings Central in its hunt for a second straight team title after the first day of competition Thursday. All three have 11 points.

Corvallis singles standout Laramie McHugh won two matches on the first day of competition to advance through to the semifinals. She swept Destiny Strutzel of Anaconda, 6-0, 6-0, and had a similarly one-sided contest in the second round. McHugh downed Alice Cai of Hardin, 6-1, 6-1.

McHugh, who is undefeated this season and finished third a year ago, marks the only Blue Devil still alive on the championship track, though. Roxy Rademacher fell to Emily Getts of Columbia Falls in the second round, 6-1, 6-0. The teams of Dakota Vacarro/Miriam Montgomery and Emma Decker/Annie Sangster both lost in the second round. Like Rademacher, the latter doubles pair won their first consolation match.

The Hardin girls had two singles players reach the second round before taking losses and the doubles team of Hannah Ware/Katie McCleary is still alive after two rounds in that bracket.

Central has Barclay Fagg and Casey Tehle/Becca Shipp still seeking championships in singles and doubles, respectively.

Whitefish, which is fifth after Day 1, still has a doubles team in the running, too. Caroline Carbo and Heather Luedtke knocked off Decker/Sangster in the second round.

The Corvallis boys are in their own tie, knotted with Glendive and Havre for second behind Billings Central with nine points.

DJ Pekoc is on to Friday’s semifinals for the Blue Devils after beating John Potenberg of Livingston, 6-0, 6-2, but he’ll have to contend with two-time State A singles champ Dillon Meyer of Central. On the other side of the bracket, unbeaten Brady Hislop of Polson will play in the other semifinal after beating Corvallis’ Alma Powell , 6-4, 6-2, in a second-rounder.

Polson is sixth with seven points.

No area teams advanced through the second round of the doubles tournament. Central has two duos headed for the semis along with Meyer.

State A Tennis

At Billings



Team scores – Hardin 11, Corvallis 11, Billings Central 11, Livingston 9, Whitefish 6, Columbia Falls 4, Havre 4, Anaconda 3, Polson 3, Glendive 2.


First round – Barclay Fagg, BC, def. Shannon Oakley, Pol, 6-1, 6-0; Michelle Ouellette, Liv, def. Amber Wissenbach, Cor, 7-5, 6-1; Roxy Rademacher, Cor, def. Tatiana Ralph, Hav, 6-2, 6-0; Emily Getts, CF, def. Annie Hill, Gle, 6-1, 6-0; Brandy Lambourne, Hav, def. Allison Enzler, Ste, 6-2, 6-3; Chrissy Weibert, Har, def. Shawna Oakley, Pol, 6-3, 6-2; Alice Cai, Har, def. Sloan Ellis, Whi, 6-3, 6-4; Laramie McHugh, Cor, def. Destiny Strutzel, Ana, 6-0, 6-0.

Second round – Fagg, BC, def. Ouellette, Liv, 6-2, 6-1; Getts, CF, def. Rademacher, Cor, 6-3, 6-0; Lambourne, Hav, def. Weibert, Har, 7-5, 6-3; McHugh, Cor, def. Cai, Har, 6-1, 6-1.


First round – Hannah Ware/Katie McCleary, Har, def. Kodi Ferris/Rachel Nye, Dil, 6-1, 6-0; Ashley Johnson/Dallas Salle, Ana, def. Carly Rochin/Marlee Congdon, 7-5, 6-3; Caroline Carbo/Heather Luedtke, Whi, def.Ellery Bresler/Breck Don, Hav, 6-3, 7-5; Emma Decker/Annie Sangster, Cor, def. Savannah Green/CiCi Three Irons, Har, 6-2, 6-1; Tegan Lane/Lindsay Lane, Liv, def. Molly Beth Hendrix/Taylor Rost, Pol, 6-4, 7-6 (1); Sarina Aamold/Molly Putnam, BC, def. Holly Hansen/Taryn Judge, Dil, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5; Casey Tehle/Becca Shipp, BC, def. Dakota Vacarro/Miriam Montgomery, Cor, 6-2, 6-2; Mariel Kelley/Emilee Coleman, Liv, def. McKenzie Wick/Anna Peterson, Whi, 6-0, 6-3.

Second round – Ware/McCleary, Har, def. Johnson/Salle, Ana, 6-3, 6-0; Carbo/Luedtke, Whi, def. Decker/Sangster, Cor, 6-3, 6-4 Lane/Lane, Liv, def. Aamold/Putnam, BC, 6-3, 6-4; Tehle/Shipp, BC, def. Kelley/Coleman, Liv, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4.


Team scores – Billings Central 12, Glendive 9, Corvallis 9, Havre 9, Havre 8, Polson 7, Livingston 4, Whitefish 3, Libby 3, Columbia Falls 3, Stevensville 3, Anaconda 2.


First round – Dillon Meyer, BC, def. Mark Waldrup, Dil, 6-1, 6-2; Carsen Boynton, Ana, def. Holden Roberts, Whi, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4; John Potenberg, Liv, def. def. Gavin Thelen, CF, 6-3, 6-1; D.J. Pekoc, Cor, def. Jory Opp, Gle, 6-2, 6-0; Brady Hislop, Pol, def. Noble Vance, Liv, 6-1, 6-4; Alma Powell, Cor, def. Nathan Sickler, Gle, 6-1, 6-0; Hadyn Pettersen, Gle, def. Curtis Liston, Ste, 6-2, 6-4; Jeff Miller, Hav, def. Quaid Harlan, 6-2, 6-0.

Second round – Meyer, BC, def. Boynton, Ana, 6-0, 6-0; Pekoc, Cor, def. Potenberg, Liv, 6-0, 6-2; Hislop, Pol, def. Powell, Cor, 6-4, 6-2; Miller, Hav, def. Pettersen, Gle, 6-1, 6-1.


First round – John Knisely/Harrison Fagg, BC, def. Wyatt Lindbloom/Noah Landgraf, Hav, 6-1, 6-2; Logan Blades/Nathan Fauth, Whi, def. Lars Larson/Walker Weber, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-1; Jason Schnackenberg/Cody Wood, Lib, def. Porter Jessop/Shade Jessop, Cor, 6-7 (3), 6-1, 7-6 (4); Ned Malone/Brian Smith, Hav, def. Nolan Trafton/Zach Schermerhorn, BC, 6-2, 7-5; Mason Gedlamann/Caleb Baumann, CF, def. Kale Guldseth/Tyler Trudnowski, Butte Central, 6-1, 6-2; Dennis Berg/Gavin McPherson, Gle, def. Zach Hould/Bryson Behl, Lewistown, 6-3, 6-3; Tommy Pankratz/Jake Newbury, BC, def. Dennis Stanberry/Jackson Wagner, Ana, 6-1, 6-1; Dylan McCrumb/Layne Zimmerman, Pol, def. Colton Belcourt/Joseph Fecteau, Ste, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Second round – Knisely/Fagg, BC, def. Blades/Fauth, Whi, 6-1, 6-0; Malone/Smith, Gle, def. Schnackenberg/Wood, Lib, 6-3, 6-2; Berg/McPherson, Gle, def. Gedlamann/Baumann, CF, 6-1, 7-5; Pankratz/Newbury, BC, def. McCrumb/Zimmerman, Pol, 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-3

Guldseth, Trudnowski fall in first round

Updated: May 22, 2014

BILLINGS — The Butte Central doubles team of Kale Guldseth and Tyler Trudnowski can still bring home some hardware from the Class A State tennis tournament.

They will have to do it the hard way, though, and the best they can do is third place.

The Maroons fell 6-1, 6-2 to Mason Gedlamann and Caleb Baumann from Columbia Falls.

The BC duo will now heads to the consolation bracket, where they will meet Zach Hould and Bryson Behl later today. The Lewistown team fell 6-3, 6-3 to Dennis Berg and Gavin McPherson of Glendive.

Hould and Behl are the No. 3 seed from the Central A. Guldseth and Trudnowski are the No. 1 seed from the Southwestern A.

Hardin duo Ware, McCleary have the look

Hardin's Alice Cai returns a ball in her State A tennis match with Whitefish's Sloan Ellis in Billings Thursday May 22, 2014.

Sometimes all it takes is a glance.

Hannah Ware and Katie McCleary have formed a doubles team for three years at Hardin, so their familiarity is substantial. And when they need a point, when they need a big winner, the eye contact makes it happen.

“Sometimes we’ll kind of give each other a look, and that will mean something,” McCleary said Thursday during the State A tennis tournament. “And then we’ll start doing whatever we think is necessary to win.”

Ware and McCleary, fresh off an Eastern division doubles title last weekend, won two matches on Day 1 of the state tourney at Pioneer Park. They opened with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Kodi Ferris and Rachel Nye of Dillon, and again won in straight sets over Anaconda’s Ashley Johnson and Dallas Salle in the second round.

The victories vaulted Ware and McCleary into Friday’s semifinals, where they’ll take on Caroline Carbo and Heather Luedtke of Whitefish.

“We just focused point by point,” Ware said. “Even if we lost a game, we realized that teams can play games with us but they can’t play the whole set with us. If they win a game we just move forward and look to the next play.”

Ware and McCleary are each three-sport athletes. Both also played volleyball and basketball. Ware is heading to Williston State College in North Dakota to play volleyball. The whip-smart McCleary is headed to study at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

Hardin’s division title last weekend was its first since 1997. Ware and McCleary aim to close their careers with a doubles championship -- and push Hardin as far as it can go in the team standings.

But first comes a big semifinal match.

“I’m really confident in our abilities,” McCleary said. “I think if we just keep playing like we did (Thursday) we can sure do something.”

“We’ve come so far,” Ware said. “We hope it comes through.”

* * *

Billings Central’s Barclay Fagg knows what it’s like to reach the state title match and lose. As a freshman last year, Fagg was beaten by Glendive senior phenom Morgan Opp in the singles final.

A year removed from that defeat, Fagg is in position to take the next step after winning twice on Wednesday. Fagg, the No. 1 seed from the Eastern division and unbeaten in Class A matches this season, posted a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Polson’s Shannon Oakley and then upended Livingston’s Michelle Ouellette 6-2, 6-1 in the second round.

Fagg will play Emily Getts from Columbia Falls in the semis.

“I wasn’t really nervous” last year against Opp, Fagg said. “I had played Morgan before and I kind of knew what the outcome was going to be. I mean, I was going to play my best and if I won that would have been amazing, but obviously I didn’t.

“I’ve definitely worked harder and I know what it likes to be in the finals. I guess that part doesn’t really make me nervous. It’s state, so I am nervous, but I’m focused and I do want to win. I believe I have a good chance.”

Havre’s Brady Lambourne will take on Corvallis’ Laramie McHugh in the other girls singles semifinal.

* * *

Fagg’s older brother Harrison, partnering with John Knisely, marched into the boys doubles semifinals with two wins on Wednesday at Central Park, including a 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Logan Blades and Nathan Fauth of Whitefish.

The Rams’ Dillon Meyer, the two-time reigning Class A singles champion, also advanced to the semis with relative calm, though his 6-0, 6-0 win over Anaconda’s Carsen Boynton came more comfortably than his 6-1, 6-2 win over Dillon’s Mark Waldrup a round earlier.

Maybe Meyer was set at ease after racing back to school to take a chemistry exam between matches. Whatever the reason, Meyer is sitting pretty as he chases his third consecutive title.

“The sun is going to come up if I don’t win,” said Meyer, who sat out earlier this season with a wrist injury. “But I’m obviously going to go out there and give it my all. I’ve just got to play my game, worry about myself and I’ll be fine.”

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