Butte Central tennis player Sam Sterns battled to fourth place Saturday at the Bitterroot Invitational.
The tournament, played in Stevensville, Corvallis and Hamilton, featured the No. 1 and 2 singles players from Corvallis, Hamilton, Stevensville, Dillon, Whitefish, Darby, Missoula Loyola and BC.
Sterns fell to Dillon’s Jonathan Leonardson in the third-place match. He dropped his first match to Carson Christian of Missoula Loyola. Sterns then Knocked off Darby’s Dustin Hunter and Hamilton’s Jeremy Hankel to advance to the third-place match.
“Sam Sterns had an awesome day today,” BC coach Becky Hancock said. “He is playing tough and his game is improving, exactly what you like to see going into this last stretch of the season.”
In boys’ doubles, Frank Hendrickson and Sam Joyce picked up a victory before bowing out of the tournament with two losses.
On the girls’ side, the No. 1 BC team of Ali Guldseth and Kellsie Quinn went 1-2 on the day.
“They played some great matches today,” Hancock said. “They are starting to come around, and that’s exciting to see.”
Sierra Pica and Ryan Trudnowski went 0-2 on the day. However, the BC team went down fighting, dropping a three-set match to Stevensville’s Danielle Haack and Saya Shimazaki.
The Maroons are back in action Tuesday when they travel to Bozeman to take on the Hawks’ junior varsity team.
Carson Christian, Missoula Loyola, def. Sam Sterns, BC, 6-0, 7-6 (7-2)
Alex Raymon, Hamilton, def. Jake McPherson, BC, 6-0, 6-0
Sterns, BC, def. Dustin Hunter, Darby, 6-3, 6-2
Jonathan Leonardson, Dillon, def. McPherson, BC, 6-1, 6-1
Sterns, BC, def. Jeremy Hankel, Hamilton 6-4, 6-3
Leonardson, Dillon, def. Sterns, BC, 6-2, 6-2 (third-place)
Frank Hendrickson/Sam Joyce, BC, def. C. Pith/Aaron Hansen, Darby 6-0, 6-0
Mason Tredik/Alton McClean, Hamilton, def. Frank Dwyer/Zach Luebeck, BC, 6-0, 6-0
Caleb Powell/Riley Jessop, Corvallis, def. Hendrickson/Sam Joyce, BC, 6-0, 6-1
Todd Hordahl/Gunnar Maisch, Dillon, def. Dwyer/Luebeck, BC, 6-2, 6-0
Tessa Sawyer, Dillon, def. Sarah Drew, BC, 6-1, 6-0
Emma Decker, Corvallis, def. Larysa Blavatsky, BC, 6-0, 6-0
Allison Enzier, Stevensville, def. Drew, BC, 7-5, 6-3
Keara Delaney, Whitefish, def. Blavatsky, BC, 6-1, 6-1
Heather Luedke/Hannah Madsen, Whitefish, def. Ali Gulsdeth/Kellsie Quinn, BC, 6-2, 6-2
Kody Ferris/Rachael Nye, Dillon, def. Sierra Pica/Ryan Trudnowski, BC, 6-0, 6-0
Guldseth/Quinn, BC, def. Emilie Thomas/Olivia Fehr, Corvallis, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Danielle Haack/Saya Shimazaki, Stevensville, def. Pica/Trudnowsky, BC, 6-4, 5-7, 6-0
Casey Smith/Jesse Finks, Darby, def. Guldseth/Quinn, BC, 6-2, 6-1