Bulldogs Amtmann, Nelson advance to semis

HELENA — It turns out that senior Aidan Amtmann and junior Molly Nelson make a pretty good team.

Late in the season, Butte High tennis coach Mavis Bentley paired the singles players together to form a doubles duo.

“We just thought they had a better chance in doubles,” Bentley said.

On Friday, that move showed signs of really paying off. Amtmann and Nelson advanced to the semifinals of the No. 2 division at the two-day Helena Invitation.

The Butte team beat the No. 2 duo from Kalispell Glacier 7-6, 6-2 before knocking off Helena High’s No. 2 team 6-4, 7-5 in late in the quarterfinals.

“They are playing so well together,” Bentley said.

Amtmann and Nelson are actually considered the No. 1 team for the Bulldogs, having beaten McKaul Ori and Sierra McGinnis in two challenge matches. Bentley, though, had to turn her Helena Invite lineup in before those matches.

Amtmann will be looking for her third straight trip to the state tournament next week when she plays alongside Nelson at the divisional tournament in Helena. She played at state with Kaitlyn Vetter, who graduated last June, the past two seasons.

First, though, is Saturday’s semifinals. Action begins at 7:30 a.m., weather permitting.

Amtmann and Nelson are the only two Butte High players still in the title hunt.

Ori and McGinnis lost in the first round before winning a consolation match, while Molly Spurnger and Jesslyn Valley won before falling in the quarterfinals in the No. 3 division.

In girls’ singles, Mati Jones won in the opening round before falling in the quarterfinals. No. 2 player Carlee Johnson battled back from a first-round loss with a consolation win.

No. 1 player Lakyn Ludwick went 0-2 in the tournament that features all the teams from the Class AA.

On the boys’ side, Brett Bentley won his opening match before falling in the quarterfinals in the No. 3 class. No. 1 Blake Casagranda and No. 2 Marcus Madrazo went 0-2.

In doubles, No. 1 Griff Warner and Tyler Reilly rebounded from a first-round loss with a consolation win. So did the No. 2 team of Andy Kelly and Levin Mullaney.

Jake Williams and Nate Scherman went 0-2.

Coach Bentley said all of her boys played tough matches. She pointed came down, once again, to losses in tiebreakers.

“We’ve just got to learn to close down those points — those really important ones,” she said.

GIRLS SINGLES
No. 1
Round 1
Katie Hooton, BSV, def. Lakyn Ludwick, Butte, 6-3, 6-3
Lindsay Martinez, CMR, def. Sofia Panarella, MH, 6-2, 6-3
Sadie Michaels, BS, def. Taylor Johnson, MBS, 4-3, Ret.
Zoe Lindgren, Boz, def. Shelly Ouellette, Liv, 6-3, 6-2
Jade Goodyear, BW, def. Wren Matelich, MH, 6-6 (7-5), 6-4
Hannah Haas, CHS, def. Brandy Lambourne, Hav, 6-3, 6-4
Molly Langland, MBS, def. Sahara Pederson, HHS, 6-3, 4-6, 10-2
Abigail Davison, GFH, def. Kelsey Thomas, MS, 7-5, 3-7, 10-2
Quarterfinals
Martinez, CMR, def. Hooton, BSV, 6-2, 6-3
Lindgren, Boz, def. Michaels, BS, 6-2, 6-2
Goodyear, BW, def. Haas, CHS, 6-3, 7-5
Davison, GFH, def. Langland, MBS, 7-5, 2-6, 10-3
Consolation, round 1
Panarella, MH, def. Ludwick, Butte, 6-2, 6-2
Johnson, MBS, def. Oullette, Liv, 5-7, 6-4, 10-7
Matelich, MH, def. Lambourne, Hav, 6-3, 6-3
Thomas, MS, def. Pedersen, HHS, 6-4, 6-2

No. 2
Round 1

Madison Shea, Boz, def. Jenna MaQuire, Flat, 6-2, 6-2
Isbah Khan, BSV, def. Anna Cecil, Gla, 3-6, 7-5, 10-2
Erika Ullman, BS, def. Elea Roberts, CMR, 6-4, 6-4
Ashley Luu, MBS, def. Madison Trevor, HHS, 6-4, 6-4
Olivia Hintz, Liv, def. Alyssa Stewart, CHS, 6-3, 7-5
Maria Skiftun, MH, def. Tatiana Ralph, Hav, 6-4, 7-5
Riquel Ramsbottom, BW, def. Carlee Johnson, Butte, 6-2, 6-2
Chandler Schrooer, MS, def. Julianne Jones, HHS, 6-3, 6-3
Quarterfinals
Shea, Boz, def. Khan, BSV, 6-2, 6-2
Ullman, BS, def. Luu, MBS, 6-4, 6-2
Ramsbottom, BW, def. Schooer, MS, 6-2, 6-2
Skiftun, MH, def. Hintz, Liv, 7-5, 6-4
Consolation
Cecil, Gla, def. McQuire, Flat, 6-3, 6-3
Roberts, CMR, def. Trevor, HHS, 6-3, 6-4
Stewart, CHS, def. Ralph, Hav, 6-2, 3-6, 10-6
Johnson, Butte, def. Jones, HHS, 5-7, 6-4, 10-7

No. 3
Round 1

Libby Fellows, GFH, def. Miranda Bragg, CHS, 6-2, 6-2
Karissa Tu, Boz, def. Leannie Treece, Flat, 6-2, 6-2
Mati Jones, Butte, def. Maria Dahlstrom, BSV, 6-4, 3-6, 11-9
Cora Hentschell, BW, def. Shannon Herring, Hav, 6-2, 6-2
Jenna Jensen, Flat, def. Eliza Boyd, Liv, 6-4, 6-2
Amber Hamblin, Gla, def. Brooke Cowins, CMR, 5-7, 7-5, 10-6
Maren Kirkland, BS, def. Michaela Keast, MS, 6-3, 2-6, 10-7
Rachael Christian, CHS, def. Olivia Malchi, Gla, 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 10-7
Quarterfinals
Tu, Boz, def. Fellows, GFH, 6-4, 6-3
Henschel, BW, def. Jones, Butte, 6-2, 6-2
Jensen, Flat, def. Hamblin, Gla, 6-4, 6-4
Christian, CHS, def. Kirkland, BS, 7-5, 3-6, 10-8
Consolation
Bragg, CHS, def. Treece, Flat, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
Dahlstrom, BSV, def. Herring, Hav, 6-3, 6-3
Cowins, CMR, def. Boyd, Liv, 6-2, 6-3
Malchi, Gla, def. Keast, MS, 6-3, 6-2

GIRLS DOUBLES
No. 1

Round 1
Ebel/Wilson, BSV, def. Bresler/Don, Hav, 6-3, 3-6, 10-7
Nichols/Coffee, BS, def. Ori/McGinnis, Butte, 6-3, 6-3
Madzelonka/Slown, MBS, def. Dart/Roady, GFH, 6-3, 2-6, 10-5
Allen/Shea, Boz, def. Donovan/Veteto, MS, 6-2, 6-2
Kelley/Coleman, Liv, def. Ballew/Keiper, MH, 6-4, 6-3
Mathison/Harwood, Gla, def. Dunphy/Mayer, BW, 6-4, 6-3
Swenson/Redding, CHS, def. Senner/Rufenach, Flat, 6-3, 6-3
Starke/B-Corson, HHS, def. Thompson/Pyette, CMR, 2-6, 7-6(7-5), 10-3
Quarterfinals
Danie Nichols/Ally Coffee, BS, def. Ebel/Wilson, BSV, 6-3, 3-7, 10-7
Sophie Allen/Margot Shea, Boz, def. Madzalonka/Slown, MBS, 6-3, 6-3
Mariel Kelley/Emilee Coleman, Liv, def. Mathison/Harwood, Gla, 6-4, 6-2
Jenna Starke/Ashley Battershell-Corson, HHS, def. Mariah Swenson/Lexie Reddig, CHS 2-6, 6-2, 10-3
Consolation
Ori/McGinnis, Butte, def. Bresler/Don, Hav, 6-4, 6-4
Donovan/Veteto, MS, def. Dart/Roady, GFH, 6-2, 6-2
Ballew/Keiper, MH, def. Dunphy/Mayer, BW, 4-6, 7-6(8-6), 10-5

No. 2
Round 1

Pedersen/Barton, Boz, def. Kalm/Keiper, MH, 6-4, 6-3
Murphy/Campbell, CMR. Def. Vogel/Eaton, BS, 5-7, 6-4, 10-4
Ramsbacher/Harrington, MS, def. Michelotti/Silvernagel, BW, 6-3, 6-3
Graham/Jappe, Hav, def. Rottieri/Dardis, Flat, 6-2, 6-2
Dutton/Hoff, BSV, def. Clark/Tilton, CHS, 6-3, 6-3
Amtmann/Nelson, Butte, def. Newberry/Ward, Gla, 7-6, 6-3
Caldwell/Caldwell, HHS, def. Johnson/Ormesher, MBS, 7-5, 7-5
Lane/Lane, Liv, def. Peccia/Richtmyer, HHS, 6-3, 6-3
Quarterfinals
Madison Pedersen/Leonora Barton, Boz, def. Murphy/Campbell, CMR, 6-2, 6-2
Sarah Ramsbacher/Morgan Harrington, MS, def. Graham/Jappe. Hav, 6-2, 4-6, 11-9
Lindsay Lane/Tegan Lane, Liv, def. Dutton/Hoff, BSV, 6-3, 3-6, 10-5
Amtmann/Nellson, Butte def. Darcie Caldwell/Abbie Caldwell 6-4, 7-5
Consolation
Vogel/Eaton, BS, def. Kalm/Keiper, MH, 4-6, 6-4, 10-5
Michelotti/Silvernagel, BW, def. Rottier/Dardis, Flat, 6-2, 6-2
Peccia/Madison Richtmyer, HHS, def. Abbey Clark/Alana Tilton, CHS, 3-6, 6-3, 10-3

No. 3
Round 1

Sprunger/Valle, Butte, def. Runkel/Russell, CMR, 6-2, 6-2
Jover/Llorens-Buckingham, Gla, def. Stoner/Hebsch, Hav, 6-3, 3-6, 10-3
Whitworth/Dyre, BS, def. Buchanan/Keck, MBS, 6-2, 6-4
Phipps/Printz, Liv, def. Burkett/George, HHS, 6-3, 7-5
Barthuly/Morse, BSV, def. Bachman/Gray, MH, 6-4, 6-3
Russell/Caine, Boz, def. Heine/Finbraaten, MS, 6-2, 6-4
Woodin/Atkinson, BW, def. McGee/Corbally, CHS, 6-3, 6-3
Burkett/Churchill, HHS, def. Willis/Thurston, GFH, 6-2, 6-3
Quarterfinals
Berta Jover-Llorens/Maya Buckingham, Gla, def. Sprunger/Valle, Butte, 6-2, 7-6(9-7)
Maggie Russell/Tatiana/Caine, Boz, def. Barthuly/Morse, BSV, 6-4, 6-2
Phipps/Prinz, Liv, over Whitworth/Dyre, BS, N/A
Brooke Burkett/Sarah Churchill, HHS, versus Woodin/Atkinson, BW, (still playing)
Consolation
Stoner/Hebsch, Hav, def. Runkel/Russell, CMR, 6-2, 7-5
Burkett/George, HHS, def. Buchanan/Keck, MBS, 6-2, 3-6, 10-8
Heine/Finbraaten, MS, def. Bachman/Gray, MH, 6-3, 6-4

BOYS SINGLES
No. 1

Round 1
Noah Strizich, Cap, def. Joe Sawatzke, BW, 6-2, 6-3
Colin Bahin, MBS, def. Josh Moller, BS, 7-5, 6-3
Sam Anderson, HHS, def. Blake Cassagranda, Butte, 6-2, 6-2
Hunter Blalack, Gla, def. John Potenberg, Liv, 6-2, 6-2
Dylan Harvala, MH, def. Jon Besel, BSV, 6-2, 6-2
Marcos Zelver, Boz, def. Michael Hewitt, MS, 7-6, 6-3
Asad Khattak, CMR, def. Tyler Beagley, FH, 6-2, 6-3
Layne Ryerson, HHS, def. Jeff Miller, Hav, 6-2, 6-2
Quarterfinals
Bahin def. Strizich 7-5, 7-5
Blalack def. Anderson 7-5, 6-3
Zelver def. Harvala 4-6, 6-4, 11-9
Ryerson def. Khattak 6-2, 6-2
Consolation
Pottenberg def. Casagranda, 6-3, 7-5
Sawatzke def. Moller 6-7, 7-5, 10-3
Hewitt def. Besel 7-5, 6-3; Miller def. Beagley 6-2, 6-2

No. 2
Round 1
Ben Carroll, BW, def. Ian Deboo, CMR, 6-3, 6-3
Logan Derby, BOZ, def. Derek Lund, Cap, 6-4, 4-6, 10-5
Sean Ramsbacher, MS, def. Eric Abarr, GFH, 6-3, 3-6, 10-8
Stash Wrobel, MH, Zach Hellegaard, Hav, 6-3, 6-2
Skeff Thomas, BS, def. Marcus Madrazo, Butte, 6-2, 6-2
Jake Tabish, MBS, def. Kyle Broadbent, BSV, 3-6, 6-3, 10-4
Layne Janicek, HHS, def. Bridger Putnam, FH, 6-2, 6-2
Holland Blalack, GLA, def. Noble Vance, Liv, 7-5, 6-7 10-8
Quarterfinals
Derby def. Carroll 6-2, 6-3
Wrobel def. Ramsbacher 6-3, 6-3
Thomas def. Tabish 6-3, 6-2
Janicek def. Blalack 7-6 (5), 6-3.
Consolation
Lund def. Deboo, 6-2, 6-2
Hellegaard, def. Abarr, 6-2, 6-4
Broadbent def. Madazo 6-2, 6-2
Vance def. Putnam 6-2, 6-2.

No. 3
Round 1
Matt Lagrandeur, GLA, def. Kyle Korb, CMR, 6-2, 5-7, 10-8
Jerod Boles, HAV, def. Ryan Twardos, HHS
Pat Sever, Cap, def. Callum Gannon, Liv, 5-7, 6-3, 10-7
Hayden Pulis, BW, def. Ferris Bennett, MS, 6-2, 6-4
Brady Henthorn, MH, def. John Bozeman GFH, 6-6 7-2, 6-2
Brett Bentley, Butte, def. Jader Moller, BS, 6-4, 6-4;
Erik Gunnels, BSV, def. Jack Hall, MBS, 7-5, 6-4
Jacob Lounder, Boz, def. Carson Regoli 6-5, 6-3
Quarterfinals
Boles def. Lagrandeur 6-2, 6-2
Pulis def. Sever 6-2, 6-3
Henthorn def. Bentley 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
Lounder def. Gunnels 6-4, 6-4
Consolation
Twardos, def. Korb 6-2, 6-4
Bennett def. Gannon, 6-2, 6-4
Moller def. Bozeman 6-2, 6-6, 7-3
Hall def. Regoli 6-4, 6-3

BOYS DOUBLES
No. 1

Round 1
Chuman-Kline/Wilgus, BS, def. Wordal/Williams, HHS 6-2, 6-4
Lunn/Haagenson, GFH, def. Warner/Reilly, Butte, 2-6, 6-3, 10-6
Johnson/Jones, Gla, def. Mally/Bernhardt, CMR, 6-2, 6-2
Himber/Rosenbaum, MBS, def. Malone/Smith, Hav 6-3, 7-5
Beto/Markle, Cap, def. Carter/Noble, Liv 6-3, 6-2
Sawatzke/Alme, BW, def. West/Dills, FH 6-2, 6-4
Howard/Nord, MH, def. Lyon/Benge, BSV 3-6, 6-2, 11-9
Hance/Pike, Boz, def. Violette/Caras, 7-5, 6-3
Quarterfinals
Schuman-Kline/Wilgus def. Lunn/Haagenson 6-2, 6-4
Johnson/Jones def. Himber/Rosenbaum 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 10-8
Sawatzke/Alme def. Beto/Markle 6-4, 4-6, 10-6
Hance/Pike def. Howard/Nord 6-2, 6-7 (7-0), 13-11.
Consolation
Warner/Reilly def. Wordal/Williams 6-3, 5-7, 10-4
Malone/Smith def. Mally/Bernhardt 6-3, 6-2; West/Dills, def. Carter/Noble 6-4, 7-5; Lyon/Benge def. Violette/Caras 6-4, 6-4

No. 2
Round 1

Harkins/Hertlein, Gla, def. Swanson/Hilton 6-2, 6-3
Compton/Kearns, MBS, def. Lindbloom/Landgraf, Hav, 6-4, 6-4
Rehm/Dobbins, Cap, def. Kelly/Mullaney, Butte, 7-6, 4-6, 10-6
Funseth/Maxwell, CMR, Oleszewski/Tame FH 6-3, 7-5
Hall/Williams, MH, def. Chelgren/Khan 6-3, 6-3
DeShazer/Smith, MS, def. Clifton/Johnson, GFH 6-3, 4-6, 10-6
Iverson/Foster, BS, def. Hamel/Boyer, HHS, 6-3, 6-2
Litle/Carr, Boz, def. Welliever/Mattie, BW 6-2, 6-3
Quarterfinals
Compton/Kearns def. Harkins/Hertlein 6-2, 7-5
Rehm/Dobbins def. Funseth/Maxwell 6-3, 6-2
Hall/Williams def. DeShazer/Smith 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
Litle/Carr def. Iverson/Foster 7-5, 6-3
Consolation first round
Lindbloom/Landgraff, def. Swanson/Hilton 6-3, 6-2
Kelly/Mullaney def. Oleszewski/Tame 6-2, 6-2
Clifton/Johnson def. Chelgren/Khan 6-3, 6-3
Welliever/Mattie def. Hamel/Boyer 6-3, 6-4

No. 3
Round 1
Lewis/Skinner, Cap, def. Danz/Brown, Gla, 6-3, 6-2
Wisher/Butts, FH, def. Froelich/Greger, Liv 6-3, 6-2
Jacobsen/Darko-Kelly, MS, def. Sedahl/Korb, Hav, 6-3, 5-7, 12-10
Barthuly/Streeter, BSV, def. Lynde/Lawson, CMR, 6-3, 6-4
Liston/Lodmell, MH, def. Johnson/Logan, GFH, 6-3, 4-6, 10-7
Bruhaug/Driscoll, BS, def. Bouchee/Jakovac, HHS, 6-3, 6-3
Williams/Stefan, Boz, def. Lindley/Lingscheit, MBS, 6-2, 6-4
Pollard/Walker, BW, def. Williams/Scherman, Butte, 6-2, 6-3
Quarterfinals
Wisher/Butts def. Lewis/Skinner 4-6, 6-4 11-9
Jacobsen/Darko-Kelly def. Barthuly/Streeter 6-2, 6-4
Liston/Lodmell def. Bruhaug/Driscoll 4-6, 6-2, 11-9
Williams/Stefan def. Pollard/Walker 6-2, 6-3
Consolation
Danz/Brown, def. Froehlich/Greger 6-3, 6-2
Sedahl/Korb def. Lynde/Lawson 6-4, 6-4
Bouchee/Jakovac def. Johnson/Logan 7-5, 6-2
Lindley/Lingsheit def. Williams/Scherman 7-5, 6-4



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