Bulldogs solid on Missoula courts

MISSOULA — The Butte High girls’ tennis team battled Missoula Big Sky to another 4-all tie Thursday afternoon.

The Eagles edged Butte High 5-3 on the boys’ side.

Bulldog coach Mavis Bentley said she was very pleased with her Bulldogs, pointing out the Butte High had successful junior varsity performances as well.

“They started to play smart,” Bentley said. “They hit it where they weren’t. That’s what we were working on the last two weeks.”

Bentley noted that three matches went to three sets, and they were all won by Butte High boys.

“That’s a sign that they’re in shape and making the big shots at the end,” Bentley said. “I’m really happy about that.”

Tyler Reilly, Butte High’s No. 2 singles player, beat Gavin Kearns in a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 battle that lasted nearly three hours.

“That was the best match that he played all year,” Bentley said. “He got better as he got tired. I think I’ll make him run a mile before his next match.”

Blake Casagranda and Levin Mullaney teamed up for a three-set doubles victory. So did Seth Jaksha and Dustin LaMiaux.

On the girls’ side, the Bulldogs won all four doubles matches and lost all four singles matches. That is what happened when these teams met in Butte three weeks ago.

Aidan Amtmann and Kaitlyn Vetter, Butte’s No. 1 doubles team, won in straight sets. So did the teams of Sierra McGinnis and McKaul Ori, Lexi Brandon and Molly Sprunger, and Carlee Johnson and Sophie Luetkens.

Butte High is back in action Saturday when they head to Bozeman to take on the Helena schools.

Missoula Big Sky 5, Butte High 3

Riley Bahin, MBS, def. Kody Lane, 6-0, 6-2; Tyler Reilly, Butte High, def. Gavin Kearns, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5; Will Watson, MBS, def. Luke Wilde, 6-0, 6-2; Jackson Langland, MBS, def. Andy Kelly, 6-1, 6-1.
Colin Bahin/Aaron Koerner, MBS, def. Tucker Reilly/Griff Warner, 6-1, 6-1; Jacob Himber/Austin Rosenbaum, MBS, def. David Starcevich/Tanner Tregidga, 7-5, 6-3; Blake Casagranda/Levin Mullaney, Butte High, def. Rayce Compton/Sean Lindley, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4; Seth Jaksha/Dustin LaMiaux, Butte High, def. Brandon Gomez/Jack Hall, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4.
Big Sky 4, Butte 4

Brianna Speltz, MBS, def. Molly Nelson, 6-1, 6-1; Kelsey Donnelly, MBS, def. Ali Dean, 6-2, 6-0; Molly Langland, MBS, def. Jesslyn Valle, 6-4, 6-1; Rachel Schmidt, MBS, def. Baili Connors, 6-1, 6-3.
Aidan Amtmann/Kaitlyn Vetter, Butte def. Rachel Dickson/Anna Slown, 6-4, 6-4; Sierra McGinnis/McKaul Ori, Butte High, def. Tayler Johnson/Alexis Madzelonka, 6-3, 6-2; Lexi Brandon/Molly Sprunger, Butte High, def. Marta Carrasco/Chelsea Wiherski, 6-4, 6-2; Carlee Johnson/Sophie Luetkens, Butte High, def. Sedona Gaudin/Hannah Rhinehart, 6-1, 6-1.