Credit has to be given to those who simply showed up to the tennis courts Saturday.
Butte High took on Helena High and Helena Capital in matches that included a bitter-cold wind that continually blew over the scoreboards. The day also included rain drops, snowflakes and some hail.
The Bulldogs, Bengals and Bruins were supposed to play the Billings schools. They, however, stayed home, apparently deterred by the forecast. So, Butte took on the Helena teams.
On the girls’ side, Butte High beat Helena Capital 5-3 and fell to Helena High 7-1 at Stodden Park. Butte High’s boys 8-0 to Capital and 6-2 to Helena at the West Elementary School courts.
Butte High’s shorthanded boys’ squad gave up multiple forfeits in each dual.
Ashlyn Burnett and Rebecca Radoicich picked up straight-sets singles victors as Butte High topped the Bruins. Carley Trefts and Sage Murphy also played singles for the Dogs.
Ashley Olson and Seveanna Challeen teamed for a straight-sets win at No. 2 doubles. Butte High’s Nos. 3 and 4 doubles teams won in thrilling tiebreakers after dropping the first set.
Maya Dare and Frankie Cox beat Taylor Zantos and Zoie Jorgensen 10-7 in the extra frame. Isabel Russo and Mia McCarthy downed Kaiden Dolezal and Julia Krings 10-8.
The No. 1 doubles tandem of Brooke McGrath and Katie Keller won in straight sets for Butte’s lone win over Helena High.
On the boys’ side, Thad Holdsworth won in straight sets at No. 3 singles against Helena High. Kershaw Mellott and Cole Skeel won in straight sets in the only doubles match.
Jason Johns and Sam Sampson also played singles for Butte’s boys. They added a doubles match against Capital.
Butte High will continue its rare homestand Tuesday when the Bulldogs welcome Missoula Big Sky to Stodden Park at noon.
Butte High 5, Helena Capital 3
Ashlyn Burnett, Butte, def. Catherine Burbridge 6-1, 6-4
Elise Ambrose, Capital, def. Carley Trefts 6-4, 6-2
Emma Hopkins, Capital, def. Sage Murphy 6-2, 6-0
Rebecca Radoicich, Butte, def. Emma Ertelson 6-0, 6-0
Abby/Wiles, Capital, def. Brooke McGrath/Katie Keller 6-1, 6-4
Ashley Olson/Sevanna Challeen, Butte, def. Destiny Vogl/ Marty Meldrum 6-1, 6-2
Maya Dare/Frankie Cox, Butte, def. Taylor Zantos/ Zoie Jorgensen 3-6, 6-3, 10-7
Isabel Russo/Mia McCarthy, Butte, def. Kaiden Dolezal/ Julia Krings 4-6, 6-2, 10-8
Helena High 7, Butte High 1
Quayl Kujala, Helena, def. Ashlyn Burnett 6-1, 6-0
Keaton Normandy, Helena, def. Carley Trefts 6-2, 6-1
Liv Peterson, Helena, def. Sage Murphy 6-1, 6-0
Maya Goetz, Helena, def. Rebecca Radoicich 7-6 (5), 7-5
Brooke McGrath/Katie Keller, Butte, def. Ava Santos/ KimberMiller 6-3, 6-4
Morin Blaise/Natalie Seburn, Helena, def. Ashley Olson/Seveanna Challeen
Ayla Silvonen/Brynn Woodsmasey, Helena, def. Maya Dare/Frankie Cox 6-1, 7-5
Olivia Huber/Hanna Romney, Helena, def. Isabel Russo/Mia McCarthy 6-4, 6-1
Helena Capital 8, Butte High 0
(Note: score includes three Butte High forfeits)
Ryan Ashley, Capital, def. Jason Johns 6-0, 6-0
Aston Shipley, Capital, def. Sam Sampson 6-0, 6-1
Kevin LaChere, Capital, def. Thad Holdsworth 6-2, 6-4
Gage Whitacre/Sam Schnackenberg, Capital, def. Kershaw Mellott/Cole Skeel 6-1, 6-0
Wes Rose/John Settle, Capital, def. Jason Johns/Sam Sampson 5-7, 6-1, 10-6
Helena High 6, Butte High 2
(Note: score includes four Butte High forfeits)
Will Johnson, Capital, def. Jason Johns 6-2, 6-0
Rhys Anderson, Capital, def. Sam Sampson 6-0, 6-2
Thad Holdsworth, Butte, def. Ethan Walsh 6-4, 6-3
Kershaw Mellott/Cole Skeel, Butte, def. Elias Cook/ Dempsey Ireland 6-4, 6-3