Bulldog tennis teams show life between rain in Great Falls

GREAT FALLS — Butte High’s tennis teams somehow got in two matches Friday at the Great Falls Invitational.

On a day where it rained most of the day, the weather broke a couple of times long enough for the Bulldogs to play Havre and Great Falls Russell.

“We got so lucky,” Butte High coach Mavis Bentley said. “We got them in. Bozeman didn’t get in any matches.”

The Butte High boys tied Havre 4-all before downing CMR 6-2. The Bulldog girls beat Havre 8-0 and fell 5-3 to CMR.

Bentley praised her boys’ team, especially the doubles teams.

Against Havre, Seth Jaksha and Tyler Ossello won in straight sets, while Jory Nordstrom and Mike Hogan won aa tiebreaker to take a pro-set victory. Brett Bentley and Blake Casagranda lost in a tiebreaker, as did Nate Scherman and Marcus Madrazo.

“They’re playing together and playing aggressive,” coach Bentley said. “They’re having fun.”

Tyler Reilly and Erik Casagranda won in straight sets in singles play.

On the girls’ side, Butte High is still playing without No. 1 player Molly Nelson, who is out this week with a scholastic obligation.

That means everybody else moved up on slot. Hannah Amtmann again moved into the No. 1 slot and she beat Havre’s Tatiana Ralph in a 7-5, 7-5 battle.

“Hanna did really well,” Bentley said. “She does not like to lose.”

Bentley added that she’s not completely happy with the performance of the girls’ team. So, she’s going to mix the team up on Saturday.

The Bulldogs play Billings Senior at 8 a.m. They take on Cut Bank at 10.

Results from Butte High’s match with CMR are not available.

Butte High 4, Havre 4

Jeff Miller, Havre, def. Levin Mullaney 6-1, 6-0
Tyler Reilly, Butte, def. Jake Sedahl, 6-4, 6-3
Erik Casagranda, Butte, def. Jamie Lieberg 6-2, 6-4
Dustin Haas, Havre, def. Braden Loyola 8-5
Noah Lyndgraf/Jerod Boles, Havre, def. Brett Bentley/Blake Casagranda 6-1, 5-7 (10-2)
Wyatt Lindbloom/Nathan Korb, Havre, def. Nate Scherman/Marcus Madrazo 6-3, 3-6 (10-6)
Seth Jaksha/Tyler Ossello, Butte, def. Trey Hanson/JeffreyRalph 7-5, 6-2
Jory Nordstrom/Mike Hogan, Butte, def. Trey Murphy/Kennedy McKay 8-8 (7-2)

Butte 8, Havre 0

Hannah Amtmann, Butte, def. Tatiana Ralph 7-5, 7-5
Madi Jones, Butte, def. Paige Nelson 6-0, 6-2
Jacee Sprunger, Butte, def. Meggan Smith 6-1, 6-4
Caitlyn Sheehan, Butte, def. Marca Herron 8-1
McKaul Ori/Sierra McGinnis, Butte, def. Madison Huelsch/RaineyStones 6-1, 6-3
Molly Sprunger/Lakyn Ludwick, Butte, def. Reggie Bernard/Ashley Hoffland 6-1, 6-2
Sydney Jennings/Carlee Johnson, Butte, def. Alex Donaldson/Megan Lindbloom 6-0, 6-0
Jessica Rosa/Mia Robbins, B, def. Chido Chikwava/Kaylee Nash 8-2

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