Bado wins fourth straight Ryan/Bersanti title

Bado wins fourth straight Ryan/Bersanti title
Brett Badovinac looks on as his semifinal opponent, Les Seago of Emigrant, cant return a serve Saturday at the Elks. (Bill Foley photos)

Brett Badovinac found himself in familiar territory Sunday.

The Butte handball player won the 33rd Annual Bill Ryan/Al Bersanti Memorial Tournament at the Elks. Badovinac beat Don Foley 20-21, 21-17, 11-2 in the championship match to win the tournament for the fourth straight year.

The title was the sixth overall for Badovinac, the reigning state champion. He beat Foley in the Open Division championship match the last three years.

Cole Salo of Butte used a tiebreaker to beat Les Seago of Emigrant for third place.

Butte’s Mike Hitchcock won the 60-plus Super Gold Masters Division title. After going 3-0 in round robin to win his pool, Hitchcock beat John Larson of East Helena 21-15, 21-16 in Sunday’s championship match.

Scott Salo of Butte claimed third place after his Sunday competitor, Butte native Rick Harrington of Missoula, forfeited because of injury.

(Players from Butte unless otherwise noted)
Open Division

Brett Badovinac def. Don Foley 20-21, 21-17, 11-2
Third place
Cole Salo def. Les Seago, Emigrant

Open Consolation

Moe Johnson, Missoula, def. Kent Scott, Lander, Wyoming

Super Golden Masters

Mike Hitchcok def. John Larson, East Helena, 21-15, 21-16
Third place
Scott Salo def. Rick Harrington, Missoula, injury default
Fifth place
Tom Madrazo def. Randy Jolliffe, Lolo
Seventh place
Wally Page, Florence, def. Sandy Gagnon, Bozeman, 21-7, 11-21, 11-9

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