Bulldog girls solid on Helena tennis courts

HELENA — Butte High’s girls’ tennis teams split matches with Helena High and Helena Capital Saturday.

The Bulldogs knocked off Helena Capital 6-2 before falling 5-3 to Helena High. Butte High’s boys’ team fell 7-1 in both matches.

“The girls did really well today,” Butte High coach Mavis Bentley said.

Butte High is the only team that played two matches today, so the Bulldogs could possibly use fatigue as excuse in the loss to Helena High. Bentley, though, would have none of that.

“I don’t care because it gets us ready for divisionals,” Bentley said of playing twice. The coach pointed out that her players run a mile before each practice to get in shape.

McKaul Ori and Sierra McGinnis are clearly in tennis shape. The No. 1 Bulldogs doubles duo improved to 6-0 on the season with two wins Saturday. They knocked off Lexie Reddig and Maria Swenson of Helena High in straight sets.

Ori and McGinnis then overcame a 6-4 loss to beat Alicia Norling and Abbie Caldwell 6-3, 6-3 for the victory.

“Helena High was intense,” Bentley said of that match. “It was overhead, smash killers. They played really aggressive. I love it.”

Molly Nelson won a three-set match at No. 2 singles, while Hannah Amtmann won in straight sets at No. 5 singles in the victory.

Butte High also got doubles wins from Molly Sprunger and Jesslyn Valle; Sidney Jennings and Jacee Sprunger; and Janae Valle and Brooke Ludwick.

Aidan Amtmann picked up a straight-sets victory at No. 1 singles in the loss to Helena High. Hannah Amtmann won in straight sets as well, to go to 2-0 on the day.

On the boys’ side, Brett Bentley and Marcus Madrazo won a 7-5 third game at No. 2 singles to give the Bulldogs their lone victory in the match against Helena High.

Lucas Tenney won at No. 3 singles for the only Butte win against Capital.

Butte High is back in action Thursday when they play Missoula Big Sky in Butte.

Butte High 6, Helena Capital 2

Hannah Haas, Cap, def. Aidan Amtmann 2-6, 6-0, 6-0
Molly Nelson, Butte, def. Miranda Bragg 6-4, 5-7, 3-6
Rachel Christian, Cap, def. Lakyn Ludwick 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2)
Hannah Amtmann, Butte, def. Sabrina Steppe 6-0, 6-0.
McKaul Ori/Sierra McGinnis, Butte, def. Lexie Reddig/Mariah Swenson 6-4, 6-4
Molly Sprunger/Jesslyn Valle, Butte, def. Alana Tilton/Abbey Clarke 6-1, 6-2
Sidney Jennings/Jacee Sprunger, Butte, def. Kristina McGee/Becca Corbally 4-6, 6-4, 0-6
Janae Valle/Brooke Ludwick, Butte, def. Lizzie Ekola/Rachel Lauf 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.

Helena High 5, Butte High 3
Aidan Amtmann, Butte, def. Sahara Pederson 6-1, 6-2
Julianne Jones, HHS, def. Molly Nelson 6-4, 6-3
Madison Trevor, HHS, def. Jesslyn Valle 6-2, 6-1
Hannah Amtmann, Butte, def. Darcie Caldwell 6-3, 6-3.
McKaul Ori/Sierra McGinnis, Butte, def. Alicia Norling/Abbie Caldwell, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Jenna Starke/Ashley Battershell-Corson, HHS, def. Molly Sprunger/Lakyn Ludwick 6-2, 6-1
Sarah Churchill/Brooke Burkett, HHS, def. Sidney Jennings/Jacee Sprunger 6-2, 6-4
Ally Peccia/Madi Richtmyer, HHS, def. Brook Ludwick/Javae Valle 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Helena High 7, Butte High 1
Layne Ryerson, HHS, def. Blake Cassengranda 6-0, 6-0
Sam Anderson, HHS, def. Tyler Reilly 6-0, 6-1
Lane Janicek, HHS, def. Lucas Tenney 6-0, 6-2
Chay Bouchee, HHS, def. Hunter McGinnis 6-2, 6-0.
Nate Wordal/Jack Williams, HHS, def. Andy Kelly/Levin Mullaney 6-1, 6-4
Brett Bentley/Marcus Madrazo, Butte, def. Witt Williams/Hunter Hamel 6-1, 1-6, 7-5
Jaret Boyer/Noah Jakovac, HHS, def. Jake Williams/Nate Scherman 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Ian Schulz/Braden Scherting, HHS, def. Tyler Ossello/Seth Jasksa 6-4, 6-7, 6-4.

Helena Capital 7, Butte High 1
Noah Strizich, Cap, def. Blake Cassengranda 6-0, 6-2
Derek Lund, Cap, def. Levin Mullaney 6-0, 6-2
Lucas Tenney, Butte, def. Patrick Seaver 7-6 (3), 6-2
Broc Belcher, Cap, def. Riley Sheridan 6-2, 6-4.
Hunter Beto/Tyler Markle, Cap, def. Andy Kelly/Tyler Reilly, 6-2, 6-4
Brandon Rehm/Michael Dobbins, Cap, def. Brett Bentley/Marcus Madrazo 6-2, 6-0
Sky Skinner/Tevon Lewis, Cap, def. Jake Williams/Nate Scherman 6-4, 6-4
Stephen Murray/Tag Sullivan, Cap, def. Tyler Ossello/Seth Jasksa 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.