Dillon edges Central on Father Sheehan courts

Dillon edges Central on Father Sheehan courts
Butte Central's Cameron Johnson returns volley during the No. 1 doubles match Thursday as Butte Central battled Dillon at Father Sheehan Park. (Bill Foley)

The Dillon Beavers swept a pair of duals against Butte Central Thursday afternoon at Father Sheehan Park.

Dillon picked up 4-3 wins on the boys’ and girls’ side.

“Dillon has a great program, they hit their shots well and are aggressive up at the net,” Butte Central coach Becky Hancock said. “The ones that came away with wins today, played big”

Butte Central’s boys had a strong day in doubles, but the Beavers swept the singles action.

Sam Sterns and Cameron Johnson picked up a win at No. 1, and that victory could pay dividends in the postseason.

“Sam Sterns and Cameron Johnson came away with a big win, putting them up there for a great seeding heading into divisionals next week,” Hancock said. “They have only dropped to Hamilton, and that was our first match.

“Sam and Cameron are playing some of their best right now, and they have the ability to do some damage at divisionals.”

Cal Hollow and Sam Joyce won a 10-7 tiebreaker at No. 2. Sam Johnston and Aidan Petritz came out with a 10-4 tiebreaker victory at No. 3.

“My doubles duos are doing awesome,” Hancock said. “They are playing aggressive and coming away with big wins. They have that mental toughness, something you can’t teach. I like it.”

Dillon singles players Brady Rakich, Jonathan Leonardson, Caleb Jones and Nate Leonardson all won in straight sets over Tyge Yelenich, Tyler Kump, Zach Luebeck and Jake McPherson.

“Singles side of things struggled today,” Hancock said. “We didn’t do too well on that end, but those boys play hard & never back down. Today was just not their day.”

The BC girls’ No. 1 doubles tandem of Ali Guldseth and Kellsie Quinn picked up a 10-7 victory to highlight the Maroons’ performance.

“It was a great win for them today,” Hancock said. “That put them sweeping the conference and putting them into contention with a No. 1 seeding heading into the divisional tourney next week.

“They were excited, and they should be,” the coach added. “Playing at that No. 1 spot you are seeing the best from each of the other teams. Today they proved they are one of the best in the conference.”

Butte Central got singles wins from Tricia Joyce and Emily St. John at the No. 3 and No. 4 position.

Mariah McClure of Dillon knocked off Sarah Drew in the No. 1 match, while Nicole Hrisco topped Zoe Sullivan in No. 2

Next up for the Maroons is Saturday’s Fergus Invitational in Lewistown.

GIRLS
Dillon 4, Butte Central 3
Singles

Mariah McClure, Dillon, def. Sarah Drew 6-1, 6-2
Nicole Hrisco, Dillon, def. Zoe Sullivan 6-1, 6-3
Tricia Joyce, BC, def. Maggie McGee 6-4, 7-5
Emily St. John, BC, def. Amber Sitz 6-3, 6-2
Doubles
Ali Guldseth/Kellsie Quinn, BC, def. Tessa Sawyer/Adrianne Southam 4-6, 6-3, 10-7
Jenn Womack/Nicole Thompson, BC, def. Sierra Pica/Ryan Trudnowski 6-2, 6-3
Rachael Nye/Kodi Ferris, Dillon, def. Larysa Blavatsky/Samantha Burton 6-2, 6-4

BOYS
Dillon 4, Butte Central 3
Singles

Brady Rakich, Dillon, def. Tyge Yelenich 6-1, 6-1
Jonathan Leonardson, Dillon, def. Tyler Kump 6-0, 6-2
Caleb Jones, Dillon, def. Zach Luebeck 6-1, 6-3
Nate Leonardson, Dillon, def. Jake McPherson 6-4, 6-2
Doubles
Sam Sterns, Cameron Johnson, BC, def. Kyson Wilson/Todd Nordahl 7-6 (8-6), 6-4
Cal Hollow/Sam Joyce, BC, def. Gunnar Maisch/Isaak Koslosky 4-6, 6-3, 10-7
Sam Johnston/Aidan Petritz, BC, def. Luke Petrson/Mark Southam 6-4, 2-6, 10-4



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