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Maroon tennis players survive wet first day

Of the 20 Butte Central tennis players entered in the Southwestern A Divisional tennis tournament, 17 survived to see the second day.

The tournament saw a couple of rain delays as action took up the courts at Stodden and Father Sheehan parks as well as the courts at Whittier and West Elementary schools.

Ali Gulseth and Kellsie Quinn highlighted the day for the Maroons. The BC girls’ doubles team advanced to the semifinals. Guldseth and Quinn earned a first-round bye and won a match to get to the semis, where they’ll face a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

Zach Luebeck

Zach Luebeck

Sierra Pica and Ryan Trudnowski won a match and lost a match Thursday, and the duo is still in the hunt on the consolation side. Samantha Burton and Savannah Healy are also on the consolation side after losing their only match of the day.

In girls’ singles, all four BC players are on the consolation side of play. Megan McPherson, Larysa Blavatsky and Sarah Drew received a bye before dropping a second-round match. Zoe Sullivan fell in her lone match.

Sarah Drew

Sarah Drew

In boys’ singles, Tyge Yelenich went 2-1. He’ll play early Friday. If he wins, Yelenich will face teammate Sam Sterns. Sterns won one and lost one on Thursday.

Jake McPherson is still alive after a bye and a second-round loss.

Zach Luebeck bowed out after two losses, the second of which came to Yelenich.

Tyge Yelenich

Tyge Yelenich

In boys’ doubles play, Sam Joyce and Frank Hendrickson won a first-round match, but fell in the second round.

Bryan Arnold and Frank Dwyer received a consolation bye after a first round loss, while Shane Callahan and Colby Kline were eliminated with two losses.

Play resumes Friday at 8 a.m. Weather permitting, girls’ play will be at Stodden Park, while the boys will do battle at Father Sheehan.

Indoor courts in Missoula are an option if rain makes the courts in Butte unplayable, which is a possibility given the forecast for Friday and Saturday.

Larysa Blavatsky

Larysa Blavatsky

Sam Sterns

Sam Sterns



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