Victories at No. 1 lead Bulldogs in Big Sky duals

Victories at No. 1 lead Bulldogs in Big Sky duals
Butte High's Ashlyn Burnett returns volley against Missoula Big Sky's Brooke Williams Tuesday afternoon at Stodden Park. (Bill Foley photos)

Eagles sweep team wins at Stodden Park

Two victories at No. 1 singles highlighted Butte High’s day Tuesday as the Bulldogs took on Missoula Big Sky in a tennis dual

The battle at Stodden Park closed out a home stand that saw the Bulldogs play in Butte three times in seven days.

Missoula Big Sky won the girls’ dual 6-2. The Eagles won the boys’ battle 5-3, taking advantage of three forfeit wins against the shorthanded Bulldogs.

Butte High, though, picked up some huge wins on the day.

None was bigger than in No. 1 singles. That’s where Butte High’s Ashlyn Burnett battled back from a 4-1 deficit in the first game to beat Brooke Williams 7-5, 7-5. The win secures the No. 2 seed for Burnett at divisionals.

Sevanna Challeen and Ashley Olson teamed for a victory at No. 2 doubles, edging Hollin Keitz and Andrea McComas in a 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (3) thriller.

At No. 1 doubles, Katie Kellier and Brooke McGrath went to a tiebreaker before falling 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 to Kaden Easter and Amber Williams.

Sage Murphy, Rebecca Radoicich and Elli Quist also played singles for the Bulldogs, putting up a battle in losses to Landon Roberts, Addie Winward and Maddie McInnis.

Riley Laslovich and Charlie Ghordizi downed Butte’s Frankie Cox and Maya Dare at No. 3 doubles, and Big Sky’s Morgan McClung and Avery Wolfe topped Isabel Russo and Mia McCarthy at No. 4.

In the boys’ No. 1 singles, Butte’s Jason Johns downed Jacob Kientz in straight sets for the Bulldogs.

Johns and Sam Sampson, who fell to Max Strebis of Big Sky in No. 2 singles, teamed to pick up a doubles victory. They beat Isaac Dossier and Max Christiansen in straight sets.

Kershaw Mellott and Cole Skeel fell 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 to Big Sky’s Cole Campbell and Jake Gardanier.

Butte’s Thad Holdsworth took down Elliot Boykin 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in No. 3 singles.

The Bulldogs close out the regular season next Tuesday at Belgrade. The divisional tournament will be May 19-20 in Missoula.

Missoula Big Sky 6, Butte High 2

Ashyln Burnett, Butte, def. Brooke Williams 7-5, 7-5
Landon Roberts, Big Sky, def. Sage Murphy 6-2, 6-3
Addie Winward, Big Sky, def. Rebecca Radoicich 6-1, 6-4
Maddie McInnis, Big Sky, def. Ellie Quist 6-1, 6-2
Kayden Easter/Amber Williams, Big Sky, def. Katie Keller/Brooke McGrath 3-6, 6-4, 6-0
Sevanna Challeen/Ashley Olson, Butte, def. Hollin Keintz/Andrea McComas 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (3)
Riley Laslovich/Charlie Ghordizi, Big Sky, def. Frankie Cox/Maya Dare 6-4, 6-1
Morgan McClung/Avery Wolff, Big Sky, def. Isabel Russo/Mia McCarthy 6-1, 6-4

Missoula Big Sky 5, Butte High 3

(Score includes three Butte High forfeits)
Jason Johns, Butte, def. Jacob Kientz 6-3 6-2
Max Sterbis, Big Sky, def. Sam Sampson 6-4, 6-4
Thad Holdsworth, Butte, def. Elliot Boykin 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Jason Johns/ Sam Sampson, Butte, def. Isaac Dossier/ Max Christiansen 6-1, 6-2
Cole Campbell/Jake Gardanier, Big Sky, def. Kershaw Mellott/Cole Skeel 4-6, 6-2, 7-5

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