Cut Bank’s Colten Barsness flips a backhand over the net during a doubles match with teammate Colby Kraft at the ‘A’ Invitational last weekend at the Cut Bank courts.

The Wolves tennis teams were able to get in four duel matches vs. Class A competition this past week as they hosted the Cut Bank “A” Invitational Tennis event. 

“It’s a huge effort to set up and prepare for seven visiting schools from both sides of the mountains and it’s nice to know how much visiting teams and parents really appreciate the two-day tennis event,”  said head coach Jim Gregg. “We’re always getting a lot of compliments. AND most of the credit needs to go to our parents, alumni, athletic director, assistant coaches, and friends of CBHS tennis. They do so much for this event. They housed players from other schools, organized lunch for participants, coaches, parents and fans and then feed over 130 people. CBHS tennis is so fortunate to have such a great tennis family,” added Gregg.

The first team to arrive were the Hardin Bulldogs. Hardin and Cut Bank played a duel on Thursday with the Bulldogs defeating the girls 7-0 and the boys 5-1. The Wolves’ Colby Kraft and Colten Barsness picked up a rare victory over Hardin’s number one doubles team 8-6.

“Colby and Colten really played some solid tennis,” indicated Gregg. “These Hardin kids haven’t dropped too many matches this year.”

Hardin continued to dominate their duels over the next two days, leaving town with a 10-0 team record. 

Over 200 matches were played during the weekend. The Wolves competed well and the girls’ team was able to pick up a couple of duel victories over the three days. On the final duel they defeated the Fergus Eagles 4-3 while the boys lost to the Lewistown team 4-3. Picking up victories for the local netters were Brett Sneed in singles and Kraft/Barsness in doubles. Shannia Schmidt at 3-singles and the Lady Wolves swept all of the doubles. Macee Barry/Jaycee Frydenlund won at 1-doubles, Madi Seifert/ Katelyn Edinger at 2-doubles and Joscelynn Mills teamed with Paayton Branch at 3-doubles for a victory. 

The Wolves opened the Invitational playing the Libby Loggers. Libby defeated the boys 5-2 and lost to our girls 1-6. Picking up wins for the Wolves were Dayne Barbie/Dillon Gray at 3-doubles, Falon Big Spring/Mills at 3-doubles, Barry/Frydenlund at 2-doubles and Edinger/Seifert at 1-doubles. Lily Overstreet dominated her opponent at 1-singles and Shannia Schmidt won at 3-singles. 

When the Wolves played Whitefish the girls lost 3-4 and the boys dropped six of seven matches. The lone winner for the boys was Gray with an 8-2 victory at the 4-singles spot. John Vermulm play well at 3-singles but lost a close 6-8 match and Kraft/Barsness played well but dropped a close tie-breaker 7-8 (4). Against the Polson Pirates, the boys were 3-4 as were the girls. The boys lost all of their singles but dominated the doubles with Kraft/ Barsness winning the 1-doubles, Donnie Fleeger/ Hayden Harrell won the 2-doubles match and Barbie/ Keenan Eames won the 3-doubles match. 

On the girls’ side Courtney Anderson picked up a victory at the 4-singles spot, Edinger/Seifert won at 2-doubles and Erin Schmidt/ Paayton Branch won at the 3-doubles match.

“It was a great three days of tennis and our kids are getting a little bit better every time they take the court. That is what we are looking for,” concluded Gregg.

The teams visited Choteau earlier this week and will travel to Bigfork this coming Saturday. The Libby Invitational has been cancelled but Mr. Don Paulson, CBHS Athletic Director, was able to pick up the matches with Bigfork to replace the cancellation. All match results can be found on the Wolves tennis website: http://www. cutbankschools.net/hs/Ten nis_site/19/2019MatchResults.htm.

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