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Bulldog tennis players eye State berth

BOZEMAN — Four Butte High tennis players are one win away from advancing to the Class AA State tournament.

McKaul Ori and Sierra McGinnis reached the semifinals of the Southern AA Divisional tournament, which was played inside Thursday at Montana State University.

Brett Bentley and Tyler Reilly did the same on the boys’ side.

The top four singles players and top four doubles players advance to next week’s State tournament in Helena. That means a spot in the championship match secures a berth in at State when play begins at 8 a.m. Friday.

Both Butte High doubles teams in the semis received a first-round bye before picking up a second-round win.

“McKaul was hitting great serves and Sierra was killing it at the net,” Butte High coach Mavis Bentley said.

Bentley said Reilly, who is playing with the coach’s son, was on a terror Thursday.

“It was the Tyler Reilly show,” the coach said. “He is bound and determined to go to State.”

Butte High also has a handful of players still alive on the consolation side. Those players will need two wins Friday to advance to the third-fourth match. That will give them a State berth.

Hannah Amtmann won a match, fell in the second round and won a consolation match to keep her season going in girls’ singles. Molly Nelson, who received a first-round bye, lost in the second round before rebounding with a victory.

“Molly played her heart out against a Bozeman girl,” Bentley said. “So did Hannah. She just battled.”

Sydnee Jennings and Carlee Johnson won a consolation match to keep going.

Janae Valley and Jacee Sprunger went 0-2 in singles, as did Caitlyn Sheehan and Jessica Rosa in doubles. Lakyn Ludwick and Molly Sprunger won a match before bowing out with two losses.

In boys’ singles, Levin Mullaney and Blake Casagranda are still in the hunt for a spot at State. Both players received a bye, lost in the second round and won a consolation match.

Erik Casagranda and Braden Loyola went 0-2, as did the teams of Nate Scherman/Marcus Madrazo and Jory Nordstrom/Mike Hogan.

Tyler Ossello and Seth Jaksha are still in the hunt. The duo won a first-round match, fell in the second round and rebounded for a consolation win.

Bozeman is leading the team standings. The Bozeman boys scored 30 points in the first day. Helena Capital is second at 11, and Butte High has nine.

On the girls’ side, Bozeman leads with 29. Capital scored 14, and Butte High tallied 10.

Play will begin inside again Friday, Coach Bentley said. It will move outside if the weather cooperates.

Southern AA Divisional
Thursday
at Montana State

Team scores
BOYS

Bozeman 30
Helena Capital 11
Butte 9

GIRLS
Bozeman 29
Helena Capital 14
Butte 10

GIRLS
SINGLES
First round

Rachel Lauf, HC, def. Janae Valle, Butte, 4-6, 7-5 (6); Hannah Amtmann, Butte, def. Miranda Bragg, HC, 6-4, 7-5; Karissa Tu, Boz., def. Katie Kubicka, HC, 6-2, 6-3; Ashley Mineau, Boz., def. Jacee Sprunger, Butte, 6-2, 6-2
Second round
Zoe Lindgren, Boz., def. Rachel Lauf, HC, 6-2, 6-2; Brooklyn Mailey, Boz., def. Hannah Amtmann, Butte, 6-3, 7-5; Karissa Tu, Boz., def. Molly Nelson, Butte, 6-4, 6-3; Hannah Haas, HC, def. Ashley Mineau, Boz., 6-3, 6-3
Consolation
Hannah Amtmann, Butte
, def. Janae Valle, Butte, 6-2, 6-2; Miranda Bragg, HC, def. Rachel Lauf, HC, 6-3, 6-4; Ashley Mineau, Boz., def. Katie Kubicka, HC, 6-3, 6-2; Molly Nelson, Butte, def. Jacee Sprunger, Butte, 6-3, 6-2
DOUBLES
First round

Sprunger/Ludwick, Butte, def. Culver/Sullivan, HC, 6-4, 6-3; Martel/Brauch, Boz., def. Powers/Powers, HC, 7-6 (4), 6-3; Peterson/Mercado-Stroup, Boz., def. Sheehan/Rosa, Butte, 6-2, 6-2; Hays/Linkenbach, Boz., def. Tilton/Clark, 6-4, 6-2
Second round
Allen/Shea, Boz., def. Ludwick/Sprunger, Butte, 6-3, 6-2; Martel/Brauch, Boz., def.  , 6-3, 7-6 (5); Reddig/Swenson, HC, def. Peterson/Mercado-Stroup, Boz., 6-7, 6-2 (4); Ori/McGinnis, Butte, def. Hays/Linkenbach, Boz., 6-2, 6-2
Consolation
Johnson/Jennings, Butte, def. Culver/Sullivan, HC, 6-3, 6-4; Powers/Powers, HC, def. Sprunger/Ludwick, Butte, 6-2, 6-4; Hays/Linkenbach, Boz., def. Sheehan/Rosa, Butte, 6-2, 6-2; Peterson/Mercado-Stroup, Boz., def. Tilton/Clark, HC, 6-3, 2-6 (1)

BOYS
SINGLES
First round
Alex Hanson, HC, def. Braden Loyola, 6-2, 6-2; Ethan Hanley, Boz., def. Brock Belcher, 6-3, 6-2; Colter Fretwell, Boz., def. Erik Casagranda, Butte, 6-4, 6-2; Logan Derby, Boz., def. Alex Romero, HC, 6-2, 6-2
Second round
Marcos Zelver, Boz., def. Alex Hanson, HC, 6-3, 6-2; Ethan Hanley, Boz., def. Levin Mullaney, Butte, 6-2, 6-3; Colter Fretwell, Boz., def. Blake Casagranda, Butte, 6-2, 4-6 (6); Noah Strizich, HC, def. Logan Derby, Boz., 6-3, 7-6 (3)
Consolation
Levin Mullaney, Butte, def. Braden Loyola, Butte, 6-3, 6-3; Alex Hanson, HC, def. Brock Belcher, HC, 6-2, 6-2; Logan Derby, Boz., def. Erik Casagranda, Butte, 6-2, 6-2; Blake Casagranda, Butte, def. Alex Romero, HC, 6-2, 6-4
DOUBLES
First round

Lewis/Sullivan, HC, def. Scherman/Madrazo, Butte, 7-6 (5), 6-3; Ossello/Jaksha, Butte, def. Tilton/Giddings, HC, 7-5, 7-3; White/Bayless, Boz., def. Skinner/Hehl, HC, 6-3, 6-4; Stagg/Bittner, Boz., def. Nordstrom/Hogan, Butte, 6-4, 6-4
Second round
Williams/Hance, Boz., def. Lewis/Sullivan, HC, 6-4, 6-4; Fretwell/Pedersen, Boz., def. Ossello/Jaksha, Butte, 6-2, 6-2; Bentley/Reilly, Butte, def. White/Bayless, Boz., 6-2, 6-2; Stagg/Bittner, Boz., def. Rehm/Dobbin, HC, 6-3, 6-2
Consolation
Ossello/Jaksha, Butte, def. Scherman/Madrazo, Butte, 6-3, 4-6 (7); Lewis/Sullivan, HC, def. Tilton/Giddings, HC, 6-2, 6-2; Rehm/Dobbin, HC, def. Skinner/Hehl, HC, 6-2, 5-7 (8); White/Bayless, Boz., def. Nordstrom/Hogan, Butte, 6-2, 6-2



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