Montana Handball results

The duo of Sam Sottosanti of Butte and Chris Tico of Sandpoint, Idaho teamed to win the Montana State Doubles Handball Championship Sunday at the Ridge Athletic Club in Bozeman. They defeated the Billings team of Justin Balkenbush and Spencer Larsen 16-21, 21-12, 11-5 in a match that took nearly two hours. Balkenbush and Larsen were the defending champions. It is Sottosanti and Tico’s first Montana State championship.

Mike Meyer of Billings teamed with Rick Harrington of Missoula to claim both the Diamond Masters (70+) and Super Golden Masters (60+) titles. They defeated Tom Morris and Dan Scilley in the Diamond Masters and Jeff Armstrong and Dan Adams in the Super Golden Masters.

Butte’s Brett Badovinac and Don Foley defeated the Bozeman team of Mark Morrill and Frank Cikan to win the Golden Masters (50+).

The Bozeman team of Evin Groves and Todd Williamson defeated Daniel Dice of Bozeman and Marcus Madrazo of Butte to win the A Division.

Complete Results:


First Round – Chris Graham and Clyde Barton, Billings d. Mark Morrill and Frank Cikan, Bozeman 21-19, 18-21, 11-8

Quarterfinals – Justin Balkenbush and Spencer Larsen, Billings d. Daniel Dice, Bozeman and Marcus Madrazo, Butte 21-6, 21-6; Austin Meyers, Bozeman and Les Seago, Emigrant d. Jay Stender and TJ Stender, Sheridan, WY by injury default; Brett Badovinac and Don Foley, Butte d. Evin Groves and Todd Williamson, Bozeman 12-21, 21-13, 11-9; Sam Sottosanti, Butte and Chris Tico, Sandpoint, ID d. Graham and Barton 21-2, 21-2

Semifinals – Balkenbush and Larsen d. Meyers and Seago 21-12, 21-2; Sottosanti and Tico d. Badovinac and Foley 21-8, 21-9

Finals – Sottosanti and Tico d. Balkenbush and Larsen 16-21, 21-12, 11-5

Diamond Masters (70+)

Round Robin

1st – Rick Harrington, Missoula and Mike Meyer, Billings d. Dan Scilley, Luther and Tom Morris, Billings 21-8, 21-10; d. Sandy Gagnon and Jon Ford, Bozeman 21-12, 21-2

2nd – Scilley and Morris d. Gagnon and Ford 21-10, 21-12

Super Golden Master (60+)

Round Robin

1st – Mike Meyer, Billings and Rick Harrington, Missoula d. Jeff Armstrong, Billings and Dan Adams, Helena 21-14, 13-21, 11-6; d. Dan Bersanti and Tom Madrazo, Butte 21-8, 21-14

2nd – Armstrong and Adams d. Bersanti and Madrazo 21-9, 21-3

Golden Masters (50+)

Final – Brett Badovinac and Don Foley, Butte d. Mark Morrill and Frank Cikan 21-12, 21-17

A Division

Semifinal – Marcus Madrazo, Butte and Danial Dice, Bozeman d. Mark Morrill and Frank Cikan, Bozeman 21-16, 21-12; Evin Groves and Todd Williamson, Bozeman d. Chris Graham and Clyde Barton, Billings  21-3, 21-6

Final – Groves and Williamson d. Madrazo and Dice 21-20, 21-3