The Wolves’ doubles teams led the way to second place team finishes at the North West Divisional tennis tournament held in Conrad this past week. Senior co-captain Colby Kraft teamed up with junior Colten Barsness to make the championship doubles match but finished second to the Great Falls Central team of Scott/Walters.
On the girls’ side, senior captain Macee Barry and her partner Jaycee Frydenlund also made the championship match. They finished second behind Choteau’s Funk/Gunderson. Seniors Katelyn Edinger/Madi Seifert lost in the semi-final to Funk/Gunderson but fought their way back to a third place finish defeating Conrad’s Bartsch/Broesder in a barn burner 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4. All three doubles teams will advance to this week’s State Tournament in Bozeman.
Also, qualifying for the state tournament in singles were co-captain Gus Meiwald and Lily Overstreet. The top six boys in singles all advance to the state tournament and Meiwald finished sixth behind all four boys from Great Falls Central and Choteau’s top boy. Meiwald opened the tournament with a win over Cliver (Con) 6-1, 6-3. Also, advancing in the first round matches for the boys were John Vermulm with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Suarez (GFC) and Brett Sneed defeated Conrad’s Girengir 6-2, 6-3. Vermulm won another consolation match also over Girengir 6-1, 6-3 before losing out. Meiwald defeated teammate Dayne Barbie 6-2, 6-0 and Conrad’s Wittmier 7-6 (4), 6-4 on the consolation side prior to finishing sixth.
Lily Overstreet led the girls in singles after a first-round bye and then losing in the quarterfinals to Major (Cho) 6-4, 6-4. Picking up first round wins for the Lady Wolves were Courtney Anderson 7-5, 6-1 over Milkovich (GFC). Shannia Schmidt defeated Killion (Con) 6-2, 7-5 in round one. Schmidt won her quarterfinal match defeating Walters (GFC) 1-6, 7-6 (1), 6-2 but lost in the semi-final to Cummings (Cho) 6-2, 7-5. Anderson lost to Cummings (Cho) and Beadle (Cho) while Sharaira First Rider opened with a loss to Choteau’s McKenzie and then again to teammate Overstreet 6-0, 6-0. Overstreet played Schmidt in the consolation semi-finals and advanced to the consolation finals with a 6-3, 6-3 win. Major defeated Overstreet in the third/fourth place match 6-2, 6-2.
“It was cold, windy and miserable on Friday but the kids did a good job of not letting the elements interfere with their play. I thought we were disciplined and played to our strengths for the most part. We’d always be liking to take more kids to the State Tournament, but qualifying three doubles and two singles is very rewarding,” said coach Jim Gregg. “We’ll play in Bozeman on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and give it our best shot. These kids will do a great job of competing and representing Cut Bank. It should be a fun tournament for the Wolves.”
As always, our readers can find the full results of the tournament on the Wolves’ tennis website at the following link: http://cutbankschools.net/hs/Tennis_site/19/nw_div_19.htm.