Maroons in State hunt after Day 1 of divisional tennis

A busy full day of the Southwestern A Divisional tennis tournament is in the books in the Mining City.

With the weather forecast getting worse by the day, the tournament rushed in as many matches as possible Wednesday. The girls played at Stodden Park, and the boys battled at the West Elementary Courts.

A handful of Butte Central players are still in the hunt as tournament play is set to resume at 9 a.m. Thursday.

On the girls’ side, Central’s Mollie Drew is still alive in singles play after going 2-1 on Day 1. She will need to win three matches to qualify for the Class A State tournament, which is next week in Bozeman.

The top four singles players and top four doubles teams move on.

Central’s Maycee Anderson bowed out of singles play.

Two BC teams are still in action in girls’ doubles. Miranda Murray and Meredith Varady battled back from a first-round loss with a win to stay alive. Payton Hartwick and Sage Wall won before falling in the quarterfinals.

Central’s team of Lucy Kelly and Kate Johnston lost out.

In boys’ doubles, BC cousins Drew Badovinac and Gage Guldseth won their opening match and fell in the quarterfinals.

Maroons Justus McGee and Owen McPartland lost their opener. They did not get in another match. BC’s Enrico Oriesek and Coy Campbell bowed out.

Maroon Nick Lester is still in play in singles. After winning his opener, Lester fell in the quarterfinals. BC teammate Patrick Stimatz lost out in a three-set battle.

The tournament could wrap up on Thursday. It could also play into Friday. If it goes to a third day, play is set to begin at 9 a.m.

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