State handball tournament starts Friday in Butte

The Montana State Singles Handball Championships is taking place this weekend in Butte. Matches will be held at both the Elks Lodge and the Fitness Courts.

Butte’s Brett Badovinac is the defending champion in the Masters (40+) division. Other returning champions are: Dan Scilley from Luther in the Golden Masters (50+), Mike Meyer from Billings in the Super Golden (60+), and Tom Morris from Billings in the Diamond Masters (70+). Morris is an Anaconda native and a former long-time Butte resident.

Kalispell’s Chance Wachholtz is hoping to add another singles title to go along with his State Open Doubles Title, which he has captured the last three years. Wachholtz has also captured the State Open Singles Title in 2009 and 2013.

Opening Round Schedule:

Open/Masters  (Elks) — Friday: 6:00 Brett Badovinac, Butte vs. Sean Sandau, Missoula; 7:00 Nate Guza, Missoula vs. Cole Salo, Butte; 8:00 Don Foley, Butte vs. Brian Hamilton, Sheridan, WY; 9:00 Chance Wachholtz, Kalispell vs. Brandon Penrose, Sheridan, WY;

Golden Masters (Elks) — Friday: 5:00 Scott Salo, Butte vs. Frank Cikan, Bozeman; 5:00 Nick White, Bozeman vs. Dan Bersanti, Butte; 6:00 Dan Scilley, Luther vs. Eric Howe, Divide; 6:00 Mike Hitchcock, Butte vs. Tom Sullivan, Missoula; 8:00 Kirk Johnson, Missoula vs. Sam Baldridge, Whitefish; 8:00 Jeff Armstrong, Billings vs. Don Schmidt, Missoula; 9:00 Craig Canfield, Billings vs. Jay Stender, Sheridan, WY; Saturday: 10:15 Dave Montelius vs. Armstrong/Schmidt winner

Super Golden Masters (Elks) — Friday: 6:00 Steve Birrell, Bozeman vs. Dan Adams, Helena; Saturday: 9:00 Mike Meyer vs. Birrell/Adams winner; 9:00 Frank Cikan, Bozeman vs. Rick Harrington, Missoula; 9:00 Rock Svennungsen, Shelby vs. Rich Hawe, Butte; 9:00 Tom Madrazo, Butte vs. Garth Kallevig, Sidney

Diamond Masters (Elks) — Friday: 7:00 Tom Morris, Billings vs. Paul Polzin, Missoula; 7:00 John Butts, Butte vs. Wally Page, Florence; 8:00 Dan Ferriter, Missoula vs. Fred Chapman, Frenchtown; 8:00 Russ Whitten, Red Lodge vs. Larry White, Missoula

B Division — Friday (Elks) 5:00 Maleki McKell, Billings vs. Mario Sanislao, Livingston; 9:00 Matt Pizzola, Butte vs. Kale Guldseth, Butte; 9:00 Skyler Criscuolo, Butte vs. Blake Cassagranda, Butte; Saturday (Fitness Courts) 11:30 Andy White vs. Pizzola/Guldseth winner; 12:45 John Chapman, Frenchtown vs. McKell/Stanislao winner; 12:45 Lauren Wilcox, Missoula vs. Dawson Huff, Butte

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