Maroons win one, lose one in tennis opener

Butte Centrals girls opened the tennis season in style Saturday at the Father Sheehan Park courts.

The Maroons topped Hamilton 4-2 in a Southwestern A match. BC’s boys fell 7-0 on the cold, windy day that began with a brief rain delay.

“I liked what I saw,” Butte Central coach Becky Hancock said. “The girls played really good. They were really excited, too.”

Ali Guldseth and Kellsie Quinn, BC’s No. 1 doubles team, knocked off Sydni Rose and Minica Casbara in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.

BC's Kellsie Quinn goes up high for a shot while teammate Ali Guldseth looks on.

BC’s Kellsie Quinn goes up high for a shot while teammate Ali Guldseth looks on.

The Maroons also got a doubles win from Ryan Trudnowski and Sierra Pica, a pair of juniors best known for their play in the paint for the Butte Central basketball team. They overcame a 6-3 loss to beat Kaylyn Homyak and Sarah Trihn 6-3 and 7-5.

Hamilton only had two girls’ doubles teams, leaving BC’s Samantha Burton and Savannah Healy without a team to play.

In singles action, the Maroons got wins from Megan McPherson and Zoe Sullivan.

McPherson topped Colleen May of Hamilton in a 5-7, 7-5, 9-7 thriller. Sullivan beat Emily Mossbrucker in straight sets.

The No. 1 and 2 BC players, Larysa Blavatsky and Sarah Drew, went down in battles to Rachel Grimes and Autumn Rose.

Larysa Blavatsky returns a shot against Rachel Grimes.

Larysa Blavatsky returns a shot against Rachel Grimes.

On the boys’ side, BC sophomore Ian Campbell fell to Hamilton’s Trevor Ricahrds in what might have been the match of the day, a 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 battle.

Alex Raymond, Jeremey Hankel and Spencer Tredik of Hamilton all won in straight sets. Frank Hendrickson played No. 1 for the Maroons, while Jake McPherson played No. 2 and Tyge Yelenich played No. 3.

Hamilton also won all three doubles matches in straight sets. Mason Tredik and Alton MacClean of Hamilton topped Sam Joyce and Sam Sterns in the No. 1 spot.

Josh Heath and Bridger Palin knocked off Zach Luebeck and Frank Dwyer at No. 2, while Dana Parker and Charlie Meharik beat BC’s Tash Lester and Shane Callahan at No. 3.

Hancock said the boys will bounce back from a disappointing first outing.

“They were upset because they are competitive,” the coach said.

The Maroons have a long break before their next match. They play host to Corvallis on April 9.

Hamilton 7, Butte Central 0

Alex Raymond, Hamilton, def. Frank Hendrickson 6-1, 6-2
Jeremy Hankel, Hamilton, def. Jake McPherson 6-0, 6-0
Spencer Tredik, Hamilton, def. Tyge Yelenich 6-3, 7-5
Trevor Richards, Hamilton, def. Ian Campbell 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
Mason Tredik/Alton MacClean, Hamilton, def. Sam Joyce/Sam Sters 6-2, 6-1
Josh Heath/Bridger Palin, Hamilton, def. Zach Luebeck/Frank Dwyer 6-1, 6-0
Dana Parker/Charlie Meharik, Hamilont, def. Tash Lester/Shane Callahan 6-1, 6-0

Butte Central 4, Hamilton 2

Rachel Grimes, Hamilton, def. Larysa Blavatsky 6-2, 6-2
Autumn Rose, Hamilton, def. Sarah Drew 6-2, 6-3
Megan McPherson, BC, def. Colleen May 5-7, 7-5, 9-7
Zoe Sullivan, BC, def. Emily Mossbrucker 6-0, 6-2
Kellsie Quinn/Ali Guldseth, BC, def. Sydni Rose/Minica Casbara 6-2, 6-3
Ryan Trudnowski/Sierra Pica, BC, def. Kaylyn Homyak/Sarah Trihn 3-6, 6-3, 7-6

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