The 2017 Montana State Single Handball Tournament starts Friday at the Elks in Butte.
There will be a new open champion this year, as none of the Open players have ever claimed a Montana Open Singles title.
The Masters (40 plus) is combined with the Open this year. Butte’s Brett Badovinac is the defending champion in the Masters. Mike Hitchcock of Butte will be defending his title in the Golden Masters (50 plus) and trying to claim the Super Golden Masters (60 plus) title. Jay Spooner of Fargo, North Dakota, is the defending champion in the Super Golden Masters division. Missoula’s Paul Polzin is the defending champion in the Diamond Masters (70 plus).
Other former state champions in the field include Moe Johnson, Steve Maier, Dave Monteleius, Rick Harrington; Frank Cikan, Robin Peters, Mike Meyer, Tom Morris, and Dan Scilley.
Friday, 6 p.m. — John Winston, Butte vs. Nate Guza, Missoula; Maleki McKell, Billings vs. Jared Wierson, Missoula; Sky Peters, Missoula vs. Connor Salo, Glendive
Friday, 7 p.m. — Cole Salo, Butte vs. Dylan Urbani, Bozeman
Byes (play Saturday 10:15 a.m.) — Brett Badovinac, Butte; Sean Sandau, Missoula; Don Foley, Butte; Moe Johnson, Missoula
Golden Masters (50 plus)
Friday, 8 p.m. — Mike Hitchcock, Butte vs. Nick White, Bozeman; Jeff Armstrong, Billings vs. Steve Maier, Missoula; Kirk Johnson, Missoula vs. Don Schmidt, Missoula
Friday, 9 p.m. — Todd Timboe, Seeley Lake vs. Dave Montelius, Missoula
Super Golden Masters (60 plus)
Friday, 5 p.m. — Steve Birrell, Bozeman vs. Scott Salo, Butte
Friday, 6 p.m. — Garth Kallevig, Sidney vs. Rick Harrington, Missoula
Friday, 7 p.m. — Randy Jolliffe, Lolo vs. Tom Madrazo, Butte; Frank Cikan, Bozeman vs. Robin Peters, Missoula
Byes (play Saturday 9 a.m.) — Jay Spooner, Fargo, ND; Mike Hitchcock, Butte, John Larson; East Helena; Mike Meyer, Billings
Diamond Masters (70 plus)
Friday, 5 p.m. — Sandy Gagnon, Bozeman vs. Tom Morris, Billings; Dan Scilley, Luther vs. Wally Page, Florence; Russ Whitten, Red Lodge vs. Jim Lambert, Bigfork
Friday, 7 p.m. — Paul Polzin, Missoula vs. Joe Urbani, Bozeman
Friday 8 p.m. — Kale Guldseth, Butte vs. Vinny Chinikaylo, Missoula; Andy Zdinak, Butte vs. Marcus Madrazo, Butte
Friday, 9 p.m. — Eric Schmidt, Missoula vs. Andrej Kiriehenko, Missoula
Bye (plays Saturday at 2 p.m.) — Dylan Urbani, Bozeman