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Jim Gregg, Cut Bank’s head tennis coach for 39 years announced his retirement at last weekend’s Keith Gregg Memorial Tournament at the Cut Bank courts. Jim and his wife Joan were surprised by all three of their kids showing up for the season ending event. Pictured behind Jim and Joan are Laura, Keithan and Leah.

The Wolves’ 2019 tennis teams concluded their season with the annual Keith Gregg Memorial Doubles Tournament and award banquet after finishing with an excellent trip to the state tournament in Bozeman the week before.

The girls finished seventh at State while the boys were 5th. “We had a solid state tournament and all of our kids played well,” stated Coach Jim Gregg. “Lily (Overstreet) and Gus (Meiwald) did a nice job in singles. While Lily didn’t pick up any wins, Gus managed to win a couple of consolation matches before being eliminated. Both played some very solid single matches,” he stated.

The Wolves’ doubles teams played well early in the tournament with both girls’ teams advancing to the quarter-finals and the boys’ team advancing to the semi-finals before losing a match. 

“Our seniors really stepped up in doubles,” said Gregg. “Macee (Barry) and Jaycee (Frydenlund) really played well but then started making a few too many mistakes. Katelyn (Edinger) and Madi (Seifert) were up and down also but held it together to advance to the final day of the tournament along with Colby (Kraft) and Colten (Barsness).” 

Edinger/Seifert and Kraft/Barsness finished the tournament with a win to place fifth in doubles and lead their teams respectively. All season results can be found on the Wolves’ tennis website at http://www.cutba nkschools.net/hs/Tennis_site/19/2019MatchResults.htm.

During the Keith Gregg Memorial Doubles Tournament and award banquet, numerous awards and compliments were handed out during the event not only to the players but to their parents as well. 

“We had a very nice awards banquet. The awards and food were great and the tennis was once again a great deal of fun, and the tribute to my years of coaching was extremely touching. I can’t say thank you enough. It was very humbling,” said Coach Gregg. 

Winning the Keith Gregg Memorial Doubles tournament this year were alumni players Keithan Gregg (2004) and Michael Paulson (2000). They defeated Bret Kraft (1984) and his soon to be son-in-law Tanner Lightbourne in the title match 8-1. Finishing  third were Carl Matt (2009) along with his partner Jace Kimmet (2010). Coach Schilling and Megan Barrett (2018) finished fourth. Cidney Claycomb (2018) won the girls’ singles bracket while Carl Matt (2009) won the boys’ singles championship. 

Coach Gregg passed out varsity letters to seniors Colby Kraft, Gus Meiwald, John Vermulm, Keenan Eames, Donnie Fleeger, Macee Barry, Jaycee Frydenlund, Katelyn Edinger and Madison Seifert; juniors Colten Barsness, Shannia Schmidt, Lily Overstreet, Joscelynn Mills and Sharaira First Rider; sophomores: Brett Sneed, Carl Estey and Courtney Anderson; freshmen: Dayne Barbie and Dillon Gray. Earning numeral awards were freshmen: Jacob Gohr, Emaly Boggs, Paayton Branch, Hailee Edinger, Erin Schmidt and Precious Kicking Woman. 

Special awards were presented as follows:

All Division Awards were presented to Colby Kraft, Colten Barsness, Macee Barry, Jaycee Frydenlund, Katelyn Edinger, Madi Seifert, Lily Overstreet and Gus Meiwald. All State honors were earned by Edinger, Seifert, Kraft and Barsness. The Captain’s Award went to Kraft, Meiwald and Barry. Top singles awards went to Meiwald and Overstreet. Top doubles awards were presented to Barry/Fryden- lund and Kraft/Barsness. The Coaches’ Award went to Edinger and Seifert for some outstanding doubles play while the most improved was awarded to Barsness and First Rider. 

A new scholarship award in memory of long time Wolves’ tennis supporters Keith and Lois Gregg was presented to Kraft for his dedication and his love of the sport.

 “We’d like to once again express our gratitude to our parents,” indicated Gregg. “We are very appreciative and lucky for everything they do for our program. We are so fortunate to have such great parents and fans. We also want to again thank Athletic Director Don Paulson and Superintendent Wade Johnson for all they have done this and every year for the coaches and athletes at Cut Bank High School. And of course Assistant coaches Paul Schilling and Alexis Prevost for their help this season. Thank you to the Cut Bank Pioneer Press for your coverage of our program this season.”

The results of the Keith Gregg Memorial tournament and all of this years’ matches can still be found on the Wolves’ tennis website just a click away at: http://www.cutbankschools.net/hs/Tennis_site/19/2019MatchResults.htm.

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