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Cut Bank Middle School tennis club advanced doubles teams to both the upper and beginner division championship matches last week in Great Falls. Tegan Boyce and Jaycee Luse (standing) brought home second place in the upper division, while Nateli Bohmer and Max LaValley (kneeling) brought home first place in the beginners’ tournament.

The Cut Bank Middle School tennis club concluded its season in Great Falls on Friday, Sept. 24. The Wolves competed in a tournament against players from Conrad, Fort Benton, Fairfield, and Simms. 

While no Cut Bank players competed in the singles brackets, there were four pairs of Wolves that competed in the upper and beginner division doubles brackets. Eighth grader Jaycee Luse and seventh grader Tegan Boyce advanced to the upper division championship by winning three straight matches. They then fell to a tough team from Fort Benton to earn second place. 

Sixth graders Nateli Bohmer and Max LaValley made it to the championship in the beginners’ bracket and defeated a team from Fairfield in a tiebreaker to bring home first place. 

Also competing for Cut Bank in the upper division doubles bracket was eighth grader Greg Coy and sixth grade partner Eli Schultz. Lexi Stubbs and Erika Trafton, both in sixth grade, teamed up to compete in the beginner’s bracket. Both doubles teams won their first matches of the day, but were eventually eliminated in the true double elimination brackets. 

“I’m very proud of the improvement I saw throughout the season,” said coach Nate Kavanagh. “Nearly all of these students are first-year players, so to compete like this in one season is tremendous,” added Kavanagh. 

Other members of this year’s tennis club included Hezekiah Anato, Ricky Gobert, Matthew Taylor, A.J. Fetters, and Josie Michael.

CBHS freshman Alexis Kennedy also helped this season as a volunteer assistant coach.

For more Cut Bank High School sports coverage, pick up a copy of this week’s issue or subscribe to the Browning Glacier Reporter, Cut Bank Pioneer Press, Shelby Promoter and The Valierian newspapers at http://www.cutbankpioneerpress.com/site/services/

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