Bulldog tennis teams shine in final tune up

Bulldog tennis teams shine in final tune up
Butte High's Jason Johns returns volley during a match in Belgrade Tuesday afternoon. (Photo courtesy Dan Chesnet, Belgrade News)

BELGRADE — Butte High’s tennis teams are apparently playing their best at the right time.

Two days before the Bulldogs open the Western AA Divisional tournament in Missoula, Butte High impressed on the courts in duals with the Belgrade Panthers.

Butte High’s girls won 7-1. Butte High’s boys tied the Panthers 4-all, with three of Belgrade’s four wins coming via forfeit.

On the girls’ Side, Butte’s Ashlyn Burnett, Carley Trefts and Sage Murphy picked up wins. Burnett downed Lexi Thorn in a 6-4, 4-6, 10-4 battle at No. 2 singles. Trefts and Murphy won in straight sets.

In doubles, Butte High’s Brooke McGrath and Katie Keller picked up win the hard way. They beat Fiona Collins and Riley McMahon 5-7, 7-5, 10-4 in a No. 1 match.

Ashley Olson and Sevenna Challeen won in straight sets at No. 2, and Isabel Russo and Mia McCarthy rolled at No. 4.

Mya Dare and Frankie Cox put up a fight before falling in straight sets at No. 3

In boys’ singles, No. 2 Sam Sampson and No. 3 Thad Holdsworth rolled to straight-sets victories. No. 1 player Jason Johns found himself on the wrong side of a 4-6, 6-2, 10-7 thriller with Scott Poppe.

Johns and Sampson teamed for a straight-sets win at No. 21 doubles. Kershaw Mellott and Cole Skeel did the same at No. 2.

The duals close the book on Butte High’s regular season. They will compete with all three Class AA Missoula schools at divisionals.

Butte High 7, Belgrade 1

Ashlyn Burnett, Butte, def. Lexi Thorn 6-4, 4-6, 10-4
Carley Trefts, Butte, def. Halle Tolley 6-2, 6-1
Sage Murphy Butte, def. Ryann Vaughn 6-1, 7-5
Ellie Quist, Butte, won by forfeit
Brooke McGrath/Katie Keller, Butte, def. Fiona Collins/Riley McMahon 5-7, 7-5, 10-5
Ashley Olson/Sevanna Challeen, Butte, def. Talia Gilpin/Shae McCauley 6-1, 6-2
Payton Mancoronal/Teagan McMahon, Belgrade, def. Maya Dare/Frankie Cox 61-, 6-4
Isabel Russ/Mia McCarthy, Butte, def. Ellie Parson/Carly Parson 6-2, 6-2

Butte High 4, Belgrade 4

Scott Poppe, Belgrade, def. Jason Johns 4-6, 6-2, 10-7
Sam Sampson, Butte, def. A.J. Chidester 6-0, 6-0
Thad Holdsworth, Butte, def. Gabe Biers 6-1, 6-1
N/A. Belgrade, won by forfeit
Jason Johns/Sam Sampson, Butte, def. Noah Winkler/Cayden Gorrell 6-3, 6-2
Kershaw Mellott/Cole Skeel, Butte, def. Sydney Veltkamp/Jaiden Richards 6-2, 6-2
N/A. Belgrade, won by forfeit
N/A. Belgrade, won by forfeit

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