Bulldogs battle cold, opponents in Bozeman

BOZEMAN — Butte High’s tennis teams battled stiff winds, cold weather and top competition Thursday.

After falling to Bozeman in an early-morning match, Butte High played Helena High and Helena Capital. The Bulldog boys tied Helena Capital at 4-all and fell 6-2 to Helena High.

The Butte High girls fell 5-4 to Capital and 6-1 to Helena.

The Bulldogs, however, showed great improvement from two weeks ago when they dropped lopsided matches to both Helena schools in Helena.

“We didn’t do too bad at all,” Butte High coach Mavis Bentley said. “Had some good wins, and I’m very, very pleased.”

One big win came from the Bulldogs’ No. 1 boys’ doubles team of Brett Bentley and Alex Kober. The duo picked up a victory over against Helena High, even though it was their first day as doubles teammates.

“I was very, very proud of them,” coach Bentley said.

Erik Casagranda and Andrew Kober picked up singles wins. Casagranda won a 10-3 tiebreaker at No. 2, while Kober won in straight sets at No. 4.

Dyllan Lane and Riley Walsh beat Kip Giddings and Rob Tabarocci in a 7-5, 7-5 battle at No. 3 doubles.

Against Helena High, Andrew Kober and Connor Stanghill won a 10-4 tiebreaker to pick up a victory in No. 3 doubles. John Berryman and Erik Rosa won by injury default.

On the girls’ side, senior Hannah Amtmann was the story of the day for the Bulldogs, even though she and her sister, Devin, had to leave to play in a tournament for her club volleyball team. The older Amtmann has signed to play volleyball at MSU-Northern.

Hannah Amtmann beat Libby Oldroyd 6-4, 6-1 to secure the No. 2 seed at the divisional tournament.

Madi Jones, playing singles for the first time this season, went 2-0 on the day. She won in straight sets against Helena before winning a battle at No. 1 against Helena High.

Cameron Cassidy won in straight sets at No. 4 singles against the Bruins.

Caitlyn Sheehan teamed with Jacee Sprunger to play No. 1 doubles for the Bulldog girls, and their coach liked what she saw. They lost a pair of tiebreakers, including a 12-10 heartbreaker to Helena High.

“They are going to get it,” Bentley said. “They’re getting there.”

Bentley also praised Sidney Christie and Keeley Pochervina, who played together for the first time in varsity.

“They did everything I asked them to do,” Bentley said. “I was pleased. They did everything to the best of their abilities.”

Bentley pointed out that the Bulldogs played eight tiebreakers on the day, and they lost six of them.

“That’s the difference in a team win,” the coach said.

Butte High is scheduled to play Great Falls High and Great Falls Russell Friday in Great Falls. The Bulldogs are hoping for better weather because Thursday was brutal.

“That weather just beat us down,” Bentley said.

Butte High 4, Helena Capital 4

Alex Hanson, Capital, def. Tyler Ossello, 6-4, 6-3
Erik Casagranda, Butte, def. Sean McCallum, 2-6, 6-3, 10-3
Colin Gillespie, Capital, def. Braden Loyola
Andrew Kober, Butte, def. Cameron Holston, 6-2, 6-1

Brett Bentley/Alex Kober, Butte, def. Taggert Sullivan/Alex Romero
Wyatt Fitz/Jonathan Ballard, Capital, def. Connor Stanghill/Zach Johnson, 6-2, 6-3
Dyllan Lane/Riley Walsh, Butte, def. Kip Giddings/Rob Tabarocci, 7-5, 7-5
Hayden Tillinger/Riley Lawrence, Capital, def. Erik Rosa/John Berryman, 6-4, 6-4

Helena High 6, Butte High 2
Cory Bowlby, Helena, def. Tyler Ossello, 6-2, 6-2
Even Martin, Helena, def. Erik Casagranda, 6-2, 6-2
Wilt Williams, Helena, def. Braden Loyola, 6-2, 6-1
Gavin Andersen, Helena, def. Zach Johnson, 6-2, 6-1
Jaret Boyer/Noah Jakovac, Helena, def. Brett Bentley/Alex Kober, 6-2, 6-2
James Starke/Alex Seburn, Helena, def. Dyllan Lane/Riley Walsh, 6-3, 6-4
Andrew Kober/Connor Stanghill, Butte, def. Jordan Hunsaker/Jeff Thomas 0-6, 6-2, 10-4
John Berryman/Erik Rosa, Butte def. Ed Battershill-Corson/Cole Sasquet by injury default.

Helena Capital 5, Butte High 3

Hannah Amtmann, Butte, def. Libby Oldroyd, 6-4, 6-1
Madi Jones, Butte, def. Miranda Bragg, 6-1, 6-0
Kielar Jones, Capital, def. Mya Robbins , 6-2, 6-0
Cameron Cassidy, Butte, def. Katie Kubleka, 6-0, 6-0
Fiona Powers/Bridget Powers, Capital, def. Jacee Sprunger/Caitlyn Sheehan, 6-3, 2-6, 10-3
Rachel Lauf/Abbey Clark, Capital, def. Alyssa Cook/Elle Kuoppola, 6-0, 6-0
Shea Sampson/Katie Culver, Capital, def. Leah Rintala/Keeley Pochervina, 6-3, 6-1
Starly Oldroyd/Kylee Longenecker, Capital, def. Devin Amtmann/Riley Duffy, 6-0, 6-2

Helena High 6, Butte High 1

Madi Jones, Butte, def. Britta Binde, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
Maggie Needs, Helena, def. Mya Robbins
Valyna Caldwell, Helena, def. Cameron Cassidy, 3-6, 7-6, 10-5
Lindsey Burkett/Abbie George, Helena, def. Jacee Sprunger/Caitlyn Sheehan, 4-6, 6-1, 12-10
Emily Kelly/Allison Kelly, Helena, def. Alyssa Cook/Elly Kuoppola, 6-1, 6-1
Brooklynn Lundberg/Alex Althoff, Helena, def. Riley Duffy/Leah Rintala, 6-0, 6-2
Kathleen Schulz/Melina Hammer, Helena, def. Sidney Christie/Keeley Pochervina, 6-0, 4-6, 10-8.

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