State handball tournament opens Friday at Elks

State handball tournament opens Friday at Elks

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.

Opening Schedule:

Open
First Round

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)
Quarterfinals

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)
First Round
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)
Quarterfinals

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

B Division
Quarterfinals

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

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