Injury overshadows BC girls’ tennis victory

Butte Central’s girls’ tennis team picked up a 6-1 win against Anaconda Thursday afternoon at Father Sheehan Park.

The Maroons, however, were not in a celebrating mood after the victory.

Instead, BC’s thoughts were with Courtney Tvedt, Anaconda’s No. 1 singles player who suffered a freak injury after slipping in a puddle of water.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Courtney,” BC coach Becky Hancock said. “It’s hard to celebrate a victory after something like that happens.”

Hancock said Tvedt suffered a concussion and she will undergo further testing at St. James Healthcare. The BC coach said Tvedt had feeling in her feet, which is a good positive sign after the Anaconda player was taken to the ambulance on a back board.

Tvedt fell hard after a long volley with Butte Central’s Sarah Drew. She stayed motionless on the ground until paramedics arrived.

The incident, which caused about a half hour delay, left the girls on both teams visibly shaken. The boys played in Anaconda, with the Copperheads winning 6-1.

Hancock said she was pleased with the way her girls bounced back after the incident to play well.

BC got singles wins from Drew, Megan McPherson and Zoe Sullivan. McPherson and Sullivan won in straight sets, while Drew won by default because of the injury to Tvedt.

Felicity Kulaski’s singles win was the lone victory for the Copperheads.

Ali Guldseth and Kellsie Quinn picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 doubles. The No. 2 doubles team of Sierra Pica and Ryan Trudnowski won in straight sets. So did the No. 3 BC doubles team of Samantha Burton and Savannah Healy.

Ali Guldseth
Ali Guldseth
Kellsie Quinn
Kellsie Quinn

“The girls played well,” Hancock said. “That’s good to see for us going into the weekend.”

The Maroons will play against some tough competition at the Bitterroot Invitation.

Freshman Tyge Yelenich won by default, giving the Maroons their only victory on the boys’ side. Hancock, though, said her team continues to improve despite she scores.

Carsen Boynon, Ben Schaeffer and Josh Clark won singles matches for Anaconda. Schaeffer edged BC’s Sam Joyce in a 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 thriller.

Gabe Blodnick and Collin Stetzner picked up a doubles win in straight sets, as did Joe Freeze and Issac Brito and the team of Nic Focken and Andy Myotte.

Ryan Trudnowski
Ryan Trudnowski
Sierra Pica
Sierra Pica

Butte Central 6, Anaconda 1

Sarah Drew, BC, def. Courtney Tvedt by default
Felicity Kulaski, Anaconda, def. Larysa Blavatsky 6-2, 6-0
Megan McPherson, BC, def. Jordyn Nelson 8-2
Zoe Sullivan, BC, def. Lauryn Stoppler 6-2, 6-0
Sierra Pica/Ryan Trudnowski, BC, def. Hailey Rasmussen/Jordyn Nelson, 6-1, 6-0
Samantha Burton/Savannah Healy, BC, def. Kaitlynne Tocher/Lauryn Stoppler 6-1, 6-1

Anaconda 6, Butte Central 1

Carsen Boynon, Anaconda, def. Sam Sterns 6-1, 6-1
Ben Schaeffer, Anaconda, def. Sam Joyce 6-1, 2-6, 7-5
Josh Clark, Anaconda, def. Jake McPherson 6-2, 6-1
Tyge Yelenich, BC, won by default
Gabe Blodnick/Collin Stetzner, Anaconda, def. Shane Callahan/Colby Kline 6-4, 6-0
Joe Freeze/Issac Brito, Anaconda, def. Frank Dwyer/Zach Luebeck 6-0, 6-1
Nic Focken/Andy Myotte, Anaconda, def. Bryan Arnold/Tash Lester 6-4, 6-2