Kale Guldseth was an accomplished singles player heading into the 2014 tennis season.
Last year, Guldseth advanced to the Class A State tournament with a fourth-place finish at the Southwestern A Divisional meet.
Instead of looking for a return to state in singles, though, the Maroons gave Guldseth some help this season. BC coach Bernie Carey is hoping that will result in a state title this weekend as Guldseth heads to state in Billings with doubles partner Tyler Trudnowski.
“We took a gamble at the start of the season with this pairing, and the gamble paid off,” Carey said. “Kale and Tyler are true competitors and more importantly great friends. They have shown time and time again that they can work together as a team and rise to any occasion.”
Last week in Corvallis, the BC duo certainly proved just that by winning the Southwestern A Divisional doubles title. They rebounded from a 6-3 loss in the first set to beat Lars Larson and Walker Weber 6-0 and 6-0 in the championship match.
Thursday, Guldseth and Trudnowski will play Columbia Falls’ Mason Gedlamann and Caleb Baumann, the No. 4 seed from the Northwestern A . The winner of that match will play Dennis Berg and Gavin McPherson of Glendive or Zach Hould and Bryson Behl of Lewistown in the quarterfinals.
Carey said he likes the chances of his doubles tandem heading into the tournament, which features a 16-team field.
“I’m very proud of them, and have the utmost confidence in their ability at the state tournament this week,” the coach said. “They want nothing more than to bring a state championship to Butte.”
The tournament will be played at the Pioneer Park and Central Park Tennis Courts.