Tuesday, June 28 2022

BELGRADE — The Butte High tennis teams are apparently playing their best at the right time.

Two days before the Bulldogs opened the Western AA Divisional Tournament in Missoula, Butte High impressed on the courts dueling with the Belgrade Panthers.

The Butte High girls won 7-1. The Butte High boys tied the Panthers 4-all, with three of Belgrade’s four wins by forfeit.

On the girls side, Ashlyn Burnett, Carley Trefts and Sage Murphy of Butte picked up wins. Burnett defeated Lexi Thorn in a 6-4, 4-6, 10-4 battle for second in singles. Trefts and Murphy won in straight sets.

In doubles, Butte High’s Brooke McGrath and Katie Keller took the win the hard way. They beat Fiona Collins and Riley McMahon 5-7, 7-5, 10-4 in a No.

Ashley Olson and Sevenna Challeen won in straight sets at No. 2, and Isabel Russo and Mia McCarthy rolled to No. 4.

Mya Dare and Frankie Cox battled it out before falling in straight sets to No. 3

In men’s singles, No. 2 Sam Sampson and No. 3 Thad Holdsworth picked up wins in straight sets. 1 player Jason Johns found himself on the wrong end of a 4-6, 6-2, 10-7 thriller with Scott Poppe.

Johns and Sampson teamed up for a straight-set victory at No. 21 in doubles. Kershaw Mellott and Cole Skeel did the same at No. 2.

Dueling closes the book on Butte High’s regular season. They will compete with all three Class AA Missoula schools in splits.

Butte High 7, Belgrade 1

Ashlyn Burnett, Butte, def. Lexi Thorn 6-4, 4-6, 10-4
Carley Trefts, Butte, def. Halle Tolley 6-2, 6-1
Sage Murphy Butte, def. Ryann Vaughn 6-1, 7-5
Ellie Quist, Butte, won by forfeit
Brooke McGrath/Katie Keller, Butte, def. Fiona Collins/Riley McMahon 5-7, 7-5, 10-5
Ashley Olson/Sevanna Challeen, Butte, def. Talia Gilpin/Shae McCauley 6-1, 6-2
Payton Mancoronal/Teagan McMahon, Belgrade, def. Maya Dare/Frankie Cox 61-, 6-4
Isabel Russ/Mia McCarthy, Butte, def. Ellie Parson/Carly Parson 6-2, 6-2

Butte High 4, Belgrade 4

Scott Poppe, Belgrade, def. Jason Johns 4-6, 6-2, 10-7
Sam Sampson, Butte, def. AJ Chidester 6-0, 6-0
Thad Holdsworth, Butte, def. Gabe Biers 6-1, 6-1
N/A. Belgrade, won by forfeit
Jason Johns/Sam Sampson, Butte, def. Noah Winkler/Cayden Gorrell 6-3, 6-2
Kershaw Mellott/Cole Skeel, Butte, def. Sydney Veltkamp/Jaiden Richards 6-2, 6-2
N/A. Belgrade, won by forfeit
N/A. Belgrade, won by forfeit


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