MISSOULA — Butte Central’s boys’ tennis team opened the season in style Thursday.
The Maroons swept past Stevensville and Anaconda, winning both matches 7-0 in a meet hosted by Missoula Loyola.
“I couldn’t be happier with the performance,” BC coach Bernie Carey said. “It might be the first 7-0 sweep we’ve ever had. And to have two of them back to back is awesome. We had a good heart to heart on the drive over and I think it made the guys a little nervous at the start of their matches, but after a few games they were in command and playing like I know they can.”
Singles players Derek Ralph, Northey Tretheway, Kale Guldseth and Jesse Reinke were perfect on the day for the BC boys. The same could be said for the doubles teams of Frank and Jim Joyce; Kolten Lamioux and Kaden Peeples; and Pat Kenney and Tyler Trudnowski.
The Butte Central girls fell 7-0 to Anaconda and 5-1 to Stevensville. Sarah Drew and Kara Criscuolo’s doubles win was the lone victory for the Maroons.
“The girls were not as fortunate,” Carey said. “Even though the girls lost both team competitions, they really stepped up. Danee Leary had a two-hour nail-biter, and first timers Kara Criscuolo and Sarah Drew their first career win. I’m very happy with our ladies performance today.”
The Maroons are scheduled to play at noon Saturday against Dillon at Father Sheehan Park. Carey said he is not using his “A team” in that dual.
Butte Central 7, Anaconda 0
Derek Ralph (BC) def. Geoff Dierenfeldt 6-3, 6-3; Northey Tretheway (BC) def. Aaron VanMeel 6-1, 6-2; Kale Guldseth (BC) def. Eli VanMeel 6-2, 6-1; Jesse Reinke (BC) def. Drake Kopp 6-1, 6-0.
Jim Joyce/Frank Joyce (BC) def. Dennis Stanberry/Jackson Wagner 6-2, 6-2; Kolten Lamioux/Kaden Peeples (BC) def. Ben Schaefer/Ryan Leppala 6-1, 6-1; Pat Kenney/Tyler Trudnowski (BC) def. Collin Stetzner/Tre’ Kincaid 6-2, 6-1.
Butte Central 7, Stevensville 0
Drek Ralph (BC) def. Curtis Liston 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; Northey Tretheway (BC) def. Joseph Fecteau (7-5, 6-3); Kale Guldseth (BC) def. Michael Trummarello 6-3, 6-1; Jack Gallagher (BC) def. Colton Belcourt.
Jim Joyce/Frank Joyce (BC) def. Josh Schmidt/Walker Weber 6-1, 7-5; Kolten Lamiaux/Kaden Peeples (BC) def. Daniel Bradt/Michael Bradt 6-1, 6-4; Pat Kenny/Tyler Trudnowski (BC) def. Corbin Disney/Lars Larson 6-2, 6-4.
Anaconda 7, Butte Central 0
Ashley Johsnon (Anaconda) def. Danee Leary 6-1, 6-1; Emmy Keenan (Anaconda) def. Yi Chin Lee 6-0, 6-1; Destiny Strutzel (Anaconda) def. Sara Drew 6-0, 6-1; Rose Tracey (Anaconda) def. Kara Crisuolo 6-1, 6-2.
Hailey VanMelle/Dallas Salle (Anaconda) def. Drew/Crisuolo 6-1, 6-0; Brittany Cutler/Terri Jo Arneson (Anaconda) def. Ali Guldseth/Kelsie Quinn 6-1, 6-2; Molly Grosvold/Elizabeth Riddle (Anaconda) def. Guldseth/Quinn 6-2, 6-2.
Stevensville 5, Butte Central 1
Mersadez Leese (Stevi) defe. Danee Leary 6-7, 7-5, 2-6; Lakota Brist (Stevi) def. Yi Chin Lee 6-0, 6-2; Fernanda Clerici (Steve) def. Lee 7-5, 7-6.
Rachelle Coyle/Katelin Hancock (Stevi) def. Sarah Drew/Kara Criscuolo 6-0, 6-1; Alison Enzler/Daniele Haocke def. Ali Guldseth/Kellsie Quinn 6-1, 6-3; Drew/Criscuolo (BC) def. Jenifer Harthan/Maddie Herbner 5-7, 6-2, 7-6.