Tom Morris captures his 10th state handball title

Tom Morris captures his 10th state handball title
Former Butte resident Tom Morris pauses while playing in the 2013 Bill Ryan/Al Bersanti Memorial Handball tournament at the Butte Elks in this Butte Sports file photo.

Former longtime Butte resident Tom Morris claimed his 10th individual state handball Saturday at the Butte Elks.

Morris, an Anaconda native who now lives in Billings, won the 70-plus Diamond Masters Division. He went 4-0 in the round-robin division for his third Diamond Masters title.

That goes along with a Masters title (1988), four Golden Masters crowns (’95, ’96, ’97, ’99) and two Super Gold Masters championships (’05, ’06). Morris also won Diamond Masters crowns in 2014 and 2015.

Morris, who also has a handful of state doubles championships on his résumé, won the Diamond Masters national title in 2014.

During the 2018 Montana State Handball Championships, Morris beat Sandy Gagnon of Bozeman, Wally Page of Florence and Jim Lambert of Bigfork in straight sets. He beat Butte native Monk Semansky of Highwood by injury default.

Lambert and Gagnon will play on Sunday in the division, but Morris already has the title wrapped up.

Brett Badovinac, who last year became the first Butte player to win the Open Division championship since Bill Peoples in 1999, will try to defend his title.

Badovinac will play Bozeman’s Scottie Moler in Sunday’s 10 a.m. title match. Moler beat Missoula’s Moe Johnson in two games in the semifinals. Badovinac beat Les Seago of Emigrant in a tiebreaker in the other.

Butte’s Mike Hitchcock, the defending champion in the 50-plus Golden Masters, will play for a pair of state titles on Sunday.

Hitchcock will look to defend his title in the Golden Masters against Rick Edwards of Livingston at 9 a.m. At noon, Hitchcock will battle Jay Spooner of Fargo, North Dakota, in the 60-plus Super Golden Masters.

In the B Division, Butte’s Skyler Criscuolo will take on Joseph Lison of Rock Springs, Wyoming, in the 11 a.m. title match.

Open Division
First round

Jared Wierson, Missoula, def. Dylan Urbani, Bozeman; Les Seago, Emigrant, def. Connor Salo, Glendive; Don Foley, Butte, def. Joey Urbani, Bozeman; Scottie Moler, Bozeman, def. Marcus Madrazo, Butte; Jay Spooner, Fargo, N.D., def. Randy Jolliffe, Lolo, 21-9, 21-13
Quarterfinals
Brett Badovinac, Butte, def. Wierson 21-12, 21-12; Seago def. Sean Sandau, Missoula, 21-10, 21-12; Moler def. Foley 21-7, 21-12; Moe Johnson, Missoula, def. Spooner 21-18, 21-3
Semifinals
Badovinac def. Seago 21-4, 16-21, 11-3; Moler def. Johnson 21-5, 21-1
Championship
Sunday, 10 a.m. — Badovinac vs. Moler
Third place
Sunday, 10 a.m. — Moe vs. Seago

A Division
Quarterfinals

Joe Urbani def. Madrazo 21-7, 21-5
Semifinals
Ryan Urbani def. Salo 21-11, 21-17; Joe Urbani def. Jolliffe (Injury default)
Championship
Sunday, noon — Ryan Urbani vs. Joe Urbani
Third place
Salo def. Jolliffe (Injury default)

Open Consolation
Semifinals

Sandau def. Wierson 21-6, 21-14; Foley def. Spooner
Championship
Sunday, 10 a.m. — Sandau vs. Foley
Third place
Sunday, 10 a.m. — Wierson vs. Spooner

Golden Masters (50 plus)
Quarterfinals

Kelly Scott, Lander, Wyo., def. Don Schmidt, Missoula, 21-11, 21-4; Jay Stender, Sheridan, Wyo., def. Nick White, Bozeman, 21-6, 21-16; Rick Edwards, Livingston, def. Joseph Lison, Rock Springs, Wyo., 21-8, 21-2
Semifinals
Mike Hitchcock, Butte, def. Scott; Edwards def. Stender
Championship
Sunday, 9 a.m. — Hitchcock vs. Edwards
Third place
Sunday, 9 a.m. — Scott vs. Stender

Golden Masters consolation
Round robin

Schmidt def. White 21-12, 21-12; Schmidt def. Lison 21-8, 21-8
Sunday, 9 a.m. — White vs. Lison

Super Golden Masters (60 plus)
Quarterfinals

Jay Spooner, Fargo, N.D., def. Tom Madrazo, Butte; Rich Hawe, Butte, def. Mike Meyer, Billings, 21-17, 20-21, 11-6; Mike Hitchcock, Butte, def. Craig Canfield, Billings; John Larson, East Helena, def. Scott Salo, Butte
Semifinals
Spooner def. Hawe; Hitchcock def. Larson
Championship
Sunday, noon — Spooner vs. Hitchcock
Third place
Larson def. Hawe by default

Super Golden Masters consolation
Semifinals

Madrazo def. Meyer: Canfield def. Salo
Championship
Sunday, 1 p.m. — Madrazo vs. Canfield
Third place
Meyer def. Salo by default

Diamond Masters (70 plus)
Round Robin

Tom Morris, Billings, def. Sandy Gagnon, Bozeman, 21-13, 21-4; Monk Semansky, Highwood, def. Wally Page, Florence, 21-8, 21-3; Morris def. Page 21-9, 21-3; Jim Lambet, Bigfork, def. Semansky (Injury default); Lambert def. Page 21-19, 15-21, 11-7; Gagnon, def. Semansky (Injury default); Morris def. Lambert 21-10, 21-12; Gagnon def. Page 12-21, 21-14, 11-2; Morris def. Semansky (Injury default)
Sunday 11 a.m. — Lambert vs. Gagnon

B Division
Round robin

Eric Schmidt, Missoula, def. Kale Guldseth, Butte, 21-10, 17-21, 11-6; Skyler Criscuolo, Butte, def. Guldseth 21-5, 21-4; Criscuolo def. Eric Schmidt; Dawson Huff, Butte, def. Marcus Madrazo, Butte, 21-16, 21-11; Joseph Lison, Rock Springs, Wyo., def. Huff 21-12, 19-21, 11-2; Lison def. Madrazo.
Championship
Sunday, 11 a.m. — Criscuolo vs. Lison
Third place
Sunday, 11 a.m. — Schmidt vs. Huff
Fifth place
Sunday, noon — Guldseth vs. Madrazo



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