Bulldog tennis makes progress in Bozeman

BOZEMAN — The Five B’s was turned into the Four B’s Friday.

Billings Skyview didn’t show for the meet that saw Butte High and Bozeman take on the Billings schools on the tennis court.

While the Bulldogs didn’t get a crack at the Falcons, Butte High showed some serious progress as the teams dropped matches to Billings Senior and Billings West on a wet, uncomfortable day on the courts.

“Our team showed a lot of improvement,” Butte High assistant coach Tim Argo said. “We lost our matches, but there was a lot of close games. Our team is getting there. We’re turning the corner to the next level.”

Butte High’s boys fell 7-1 to Senior and 5-3 to West.

Tanner Tregidga and David Starcevich picked up Butte High’s lone win against Senior, topping Kobi Hudson and Skeff Thomas 10-6 in a tiebreaker.

Against West, Butte High’s top three singles players grabbed victories. Kody Lane Beat Ivan Mattie in a marathon No. 1 match, while Tyler Reilly and Dennis Powers won at Nos. 2 and 3.

“That was three solid wins,” Argo said.

On the girls’ side, Butte High also fell 7-1 to Senior and 5-3 to West.

Butte High’s No. 1 doubles duo Kaitlyn Vetter and Aidan Amtmann, a State tournament team last year, beat Senior’s Jordan Allie and Emmy Reinschmidt in straight sets.

“They did really well,” Argo said. “They showed a lot of maturity.”

In the loss to West, the Bulldogs got a singles win by Ali Dean, who beat McKela Atkinson 8-0.

Butte High’s other wins came in doubles. Sierra McGinnis and McKaul Ori beat Maggie Dumphy and Megan Briggs in straight sets, while Molly Sprunger and Lexi Brandon downed Emily Riley and Rachel Seyger 8-2.

The Bulldogs are off until next Saturday when they play host to Helena Capital and Helena High.

Billings Senior 7, Butte High 1

Nick Staffilana (BS) def. Kody Lane 6-0, 6-0; Josh Morler (BS) def. Tyler Reilly 6-0, 6-2; Cameron Marler (BS) def. Dennis Powers 6-2, 6-1; Kellar Warnnow (BS) def. Anthony Carroll 6-0, 6-0.
Willy Schuman-Kline/Colton Coffee (BS) def. Tucker Reilly/Griff Warner 6-3, 6-3; Jack Wilgus/Collin Sutton (BS) def. Blake Casagranda/Levin Mullaney 6-2, 6-2; Tanner Tregidga/David Starcevich (Butte High) def. Kobi Hudson/Skeff Thomas 7-5, 3-6, (10-6); Kevin Bruhaug/Wyatt Iverson (BS) def. Andy Kelly/Lucas Tenney 7-5, 3-6, (10-5).

Billings West 5, Butte High 3

Kody Lane (Butte High) def. Ivan Mattie 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, (10-3); Tyler Reilly (Butte High) def. Joe Knee 6-2, 6-2; Dennis Powers (Butte High) def. Brock Meyer 8-4; Josh Holle (BW) def. Lucas Tenney 9-8 (7-4).
Angus Pollard/Joe Sawatzke (BW) def. Tucker Reilly/Griff Warner 6-1, 6-3; Thomas Sawatzke/Danny Alme (BW) def. Blake Casagranda/Dustin Lamiaux 6-0, 6-2; Brandon LaVaeu/Ben Carroll (BW) def. Tanner Tregidga/David Starcevich 8-4; Preston Gingrich/Fergus Pollard (BW) def. Andy Kelly/Levin Mullaney 8-5.

Billings Senior 7, Butte High 1

Danie Nichols (BS) def. Hallie Hawe 6-0, 6-1; Sadie Michael (BS) def. Molly Nelson 6-2, 6-3; Erika Ullman (BS) def. Ali Dean 6-3, 6-3; Isabella Whitworth (BS) def. Balli Connors 6-0, 6-1.
Kaitlyn Vetter/Aidan Amtmann (Butte High) def. Jordan Allie/Emmy Reinschmidt 6-1, 7-5; Katie Pauli/Abby Coffee (BS) def. Sierra McGinnis/McKaul Ori 6-3, 6-1; Paige Driscoll/Laura Trent (BS) def. Lexi Brandon/Molly Sprunger 6-4, 6-3; Marilee Beal/Izzy King (BS) def. Jesslyn Valle/Lakyn Ludwick 6-0, 6-0.

Billings West 5, Butte High 3

Jade Goodyear (BW) def. Hallie Hawe 6-1, 6-2; Tatum Meyer (BW) def. Molly Nelson 6-2, 6-4; Ali Dean (Butte High) def. McKela Atkinson 8-0; Ali Michelotti (BW) def. Balli Connors 6-2, 6-0.
Katherine Coe/Riequel Ramsbottom (BW) def. Kaitlyn Vetter/Aidan Amtmann 6-1, 6-0; Sierra McGinnis/McKaul Ori (Butte High) def. Maggie Dumphy/Megan Briggs 6-2, 6-2; Molly Sprunger/Lexi Brandon (Butte High) def. Emily Riley/Rachel Seyger 8-2; Hailey Eisen/Kelsey Keene (BW) def. Jesslyn Valle/Carlee Johnson 8-6.