Whitefish, Polson division net champs
The Daily Inter Lake
POLSON — Whitefish finally ended Polson’s grip on the girls Northwestern A divisional tennis championship Thursday afternoon.
Whitefish finished 3-4 in singles and 2-3 in doubles to pile up a 52-point total to capture the crown.
Polson, 40 points, was second.
The Pirates had won 10 straight titles.
“A very impressive streak indeed,” Whitefish coach Patrick Dryden said of Polson’s run.
“Tip our hats to Polson and the former Lady Pirates for a job well done.”
Dryden led Whitefish to its last divisional championship in 2006.
Hannah Madsen defeated Paint Intasuk 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 in an all-Whitefish girls consolation final.
Polson’s Cassie Carlyle defeated Molly Schmit of Columbia Falls in the final 6-2, 6-0.
Polson’s Olivia Hewston and Kyler Lundeen topped Whitefish’s Paige Sproul and Cailyn Ross in the double finals 6-1, 6-2.
Whitefish’s Holly Hileman and Melissa Pollard dropped Shelby Spokas and Jackie Westman of Stevensville in the consolation finals 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
“We knew it would be difficult (to beat Polson) with the top of their lineup so strong,” Dryden said.
“The turning point for us was Paige Sproul and Cailyn Ross winning in the semifinals. They lost to those girls (Spokas and Westman) earlier (in the season). Getting them in the championship turned things around.”
Dryden said all 10 members of his team scored at least three points.
“We got contributions from everyone,” he said.
Columbia Falls, 20, was third and Stevensville, 14, fourth.
Polson pulled through to capture the boys team title, however, with an impressive 61 team total.
The Pirates finished 1-3-4 in doubles and 2-4 in singles.
Whitefish, 46, was second, Columbia Falls, 17, third and Stevensville, 4, fourth.
Matt Sitter and Cadis Chowning of Polson beat Brenden Buls and Thomas Carloss of Whitefish in the doubles finals 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
“I think that was their first loss of the season,” Polson coach Bob Hislop said of Buls and Carloss.
“They are a real solid doubles team. (Sitter and Chowning) had to come from behind and figure out how to do (win) it.”
In an all-Polson consolation doubles final, Jaron Morgan and Kaiden Forman-Webster defeated Kabe Forman-Webster and Carson McDaniel 7-5, 6-2.
Whitefish’s Eric Holdhusen outlasted Colin Kenney of Polson 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in a wild singles final.
“He was down 2-5 in the third and came all the way back,” Hislop said of Kenney.
“It went to a tie-breaker and Eric won it.”
Whitefish’s Ethan Potthoff bested Polson’s Johnny Moore in the consolation final 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Polson’s last divisional title was in 2014.
Up next is the Class A state tournament next week at Flathead Valley Community College Courts.
Northwestern A Divisional
Team scores: Polson 61, Whitefish 46, Columbia Falls 17, Stevensville 4.
Quarterfinals: Chris Howell, CF, def. Garrett Caffrey, CF, 6-2, 6-3; Sam Schultz, POL, def. John Gilk, CF, 6-4, 6-1; Ethan Potthoff, WHI, def. Chris Howell, CF, 6-4, 6-1; Johnny Moore, POL, def. Sam Schultz, POL, 6-4, 6-1.
Semifinals: Kenney def. Potthoff, 6-3, 6-0; Holdhusen def. Moore, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3).
Final: Holdhusen def. Kenney, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5).
Semifinals: Brenden Buls/Thomas Carloss, WHI, def. Jaron Morgan/Kaiden Forman-Webster, POL, 6-2, 6-2; Matt Sitter/Cadis Chowning, POL, def. David Haacke/Tucker Weber, STE, 6-0, 6-3.
Final: Sitter/Chowning def. Buls/Carloss, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Team scores: Whitefish 52, Polson 40, Columbia Falls 20, Stevensville 14.
Quarterfinals: Shea McGuinness, POL, def. Sammi Mueller, CF, 6-1, 6-0; Claire Carloss, WHI, def. Savannah Krause, WHI, 6-0, 6-3; Paint Intasuk, WHI, def. Shea McGuinness, POL, 6-1, 6-0; Hannah Madsen, WHI, def. Claire Carloss, WHI, 6-0, 6-1.
Semifinals: Cassie Carlyle, POL, def. Paint Intasuk, WHI, 6-0, 3-6, 6-2; Molly Schmitt, CF, def. Hannah Madsen, WHI, by default.
Final: Carlyle def. Schmitt, 6-2, 6-0.
Quarterfinals: Jamyn Beller/Kylie Burlingham, STE, def. Taylor Kellar/Paige Lozeau, CF, 7-6 (5), 6-4; Olivia Potthoff/Aubrey Hanks, WHI, def. Kayla Nicol/Meghan McCallum, CF, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4; Holly Hileman/Melissa Pollard, WHI, def. Jamyn Beller/Kylie Burlingham, STE, 6-2, 6-3; Shelby Spokas/Jackie Westman, STE, def. Olivia Potthoff/Aubrey Hanks, WHI, 6-1, 6-4.
Semifinals: Hewston/Lundeen def. Hileman/Pollard, 6-2, 6-1; Sproul/Ross def. Spokas/Westman, 6-3, 6-3.
Final: Hewston/Lundeen def. Sproul/Ross, 6-1, 6-2.
Class B State
MISSOULA — Michael Bedford of Bigfork won first and second-round matches in singles play.
Libby’s Jhamaal Sykes and Colin Maloney had first-round byes and were also victories in the second round.
In doubles, Bigfork’s Colton and Clayton Reichenbach won their first-round match, but lost in the second round.
Erik Lauer and Braydon Thom of Libby had a first-round bye and won their second-round effort.
Libby’s other doubles entrant — Ryan Nagle and Gio Cano — lost in the second round. They had a first-round bye.
In girls action, Ellie Berreth of Bigfork won twice to move into semifinal play today.
At the Peak Racquet Club, Missoula
Teams competing: Anaconda, Bigfork, Choteau, Conrad, Cut Bank, Darby, Great Falls Central, Libby, Loyola, Ronan, St. Ignatius, Troy, Valley Christian.
First round: Michael Bedford, BF, def. Ron Barnhill, CON, 6-3, 6-1; Mason Woods, VCS, def. Bridger Ernsberger, DB, 6-3, 6-0; Alex Buenz, BF, def. Tyler Huber, CON, 6-1, 6-0; Will Hartzell, VCS, def. Beau Peterson, SI, 6-0, 6-0; Dawson Berg, CON, def. Austin McCully, TR, 6-1, 7-5; A.J. Faur, TR, def. Daniel Asselstine, CHO, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2; Coleman Taylor, RN, def. Andy Myotte, ANA, 7-6 (3), 6-3.
Second round: Bedford def. Kyle Wall, DB, default; Jhamaal Sykes, LB, def. Josh Clark, ANA, 6-3, 6-3; Roger Mai, GFC, def. Woods, 6-1, 6-1; Jake Hollenback, LSH, def. Buenz, 7-6 (2), 6-0; Colin Maloney, LB, def. Hartzell, 7-5, 7-5; Bailey Moss, RN, def. Berg, 6-1, 6-4; Trey Christiaens, VCS, def. Faur, 6-2, 6-0; Nick Diekans, GFC, def. Taylor, 6-0, 6-1.
Consolation: Woods def. Barnhill, 6-2, 6-0; Ernsberger def. Wall, default; Clark def. Huber, 6-0, 6-3; Faur def. Peterson, 6-0, 6-0; Taylor def. McCully, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2; Hartzell def. Asselstine, 6-0, 6-2; Myotte def. Berg, 7-5, 6-2.
First round: Walters/Chu, GFC, def. Freze/Wilson, ANA, 6-2, 6-4; Castor/Toemkoa, SI, def. Caballero/Cummings, TR, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5; Judisch/Padilla, CON, def. Colwell/McCloy, VCS, 6-2, 6-2; Richardson/Ramsey, LSH, def. Larson/Paulsen, CON, 6-2, 6-1; Matt/Kraft, CB, def. Hawkins/Streit, VCS, 6-2, 6-0; Reichenbach/Reichenbach, BF, def. Yellowbird/Anderson, RN, 6-4, 7-5.
Quarterfinals: Lauer/Thom, LB, def. Walters/Chu 6-4, 6-0; Judisch/Padilla def. Castor/Toemkoa, 6-2, 6-4; Richardson/Ramsey def. Nagle/Cano, LB, 6-0, 6-3; Matt/Kraft def. Reichenbach/Reichenbach, 7-6 (3), 6-4.
Consolation: Colwell/McCloy def. Caballero/Cummings, 6-0, 6-4; Yellowbird/Anderson def. Hawkins/Streit, 6-4, 6-2.
At Playfair Park
Teams competing: Anaconda, Baker, Bigfork, Chester-Joplin-Inverness, Choteau, Chinook, Choteau, Clark Fork, Conrad, Cut Bank, Darby, Fairfield, Forsyth, Harlem, Libby, Loyola, Lone Peak, St. Ignatius, Townsend, Troy, Valley Christian, Whitehall.
First round: Cheyenne Jones, VCS, def. Hailey Mills, FF, 6-0, 6-0; Allie Brown, TR, def. Kimber Schlapman, DB, 6-2, 6-0; Jamie Roth, CHI, def. Alyssa Bartsch, CON, 6-2, 6-2; Jesse Hamlen, TOW, def. Anna Espeland, BK, 6-4, 6-4; Michaela Gunderson, CHI, def. Natalia Fullmer, ANA, 6-1, 6-3; Alise Ruthford, CF, def. Isabelle Martineau, LB, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0; Emily Clotfelter, FF, def. Taeshon Schaefer, HAR, 6-3, 6-0; Ashley Lundstrom, LP, def. Kira Thompson, FOR, 6-4, 6-3; Ellie Berreth, BF, def. Imanica Sepulveda, WH, 6-1, 6-2; Melanie Benson, LSH, def. Naemi Wipf, FF, 7-5, 6-0; Ellen Widell, BK, def. Emmy Anderson, DB, 6-0, 6-0; Megan Barrett, CB, def. Kendahl Knapton, CJI, na; Elsa Kylen, SI, def. Mehki Sykes, LB, 6-7, 6-3, 7-6; Lauren Bodlovic, LSH, def. Vanessa Riphenberg, CHO, 6-1, 6-2; Luisa Locker, LP, def. Tessa Erickson, BK, 6-0, 6-1; Nicole McCracken, CHI, def. Mackenzie Rosenbaum, FF, na.
Quarterfinals: Jones def. Brown, 6-3, 6-1; Hamlen def. Roth, 6-0, 6-1; Ruthford def. Gunderson, 6-4, 6-2; Berreth def. Benson, 6-1, 6-3; Widell def. Barrett, 6-0, 6-1; Kylen def. Bodlovic, 6-3, 6-1.
Consolation: Mills def. Schlapman, 6-0, 6-3; Espeland def. Bartsch, 6-0, 6-2; Martineau def. Fullmer, 6-0, 7-5; Thompson def. Schaefeer, na; Wipf def. Sepulveda, na; Anderson def. Knapton, na; Riphenberg def. Sykes, default; Rosenbaum def. Erickson, na.
First round: KP Hoffman/Solae Swenson, LP, def. Jeraca Tempel/Brooke Woods, CJI, 6-3, 6-2; Amelia Konen/Annie Townsend, FF, def. Carley Ries/Hayley Ries, CON, 6-3, 6-3; Jessika Jones/Marissa Wood, LB, def. Sheyanne Janeway/Brooklyn Riddenhower, BK, 6-4, 7-5; Heather Miller/Hannah Antonsen, CHO, def. Jazzamyn Benson/Kinsey Cornell, HAR, 6-2, 1-6, 7-5; Hailey Rasmussen/Jordyn Nelson, ANA, def. Breanna Turpin/Maddy Sevier, RN, 6-1, 6-2; Anna Toon/Megan Clark, FB, def. Latrice Vossler/Leah Vossler, JF, 7-5, 6-0; Wilson Vogt/Xiao Xiao Strong, BF, def. Mikayla Weidow/Mariah Lingo, DB, 6-0, 6-3; Jacy Job/Mattea Burke, LSH, def. Hannah Blackwell/Roxanne Keefer, FOR, 6-0, 7-5.
Second round: Jaden Comings/Sarah Goff, PHI, def. Hoffman/Swenson, 6-3, 6-2; Koren/Townsend def. Kalie Wicklund/Ahna Fox, BF, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2; Kara Saltzman/Alexa Olsen, TOW, def. Jones/Wood, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; Miller/Antonsen def. Casey Smith/Jesse Finks, DB, 6-3, 6-3; Dania Jones/Dalayne Van Dyke, CON, def. Rasmussen/Nelson, 6-2, 6-2; Toon/Clark def. Samantha Smith/Pam Tronstad, BK, na; Lexi Giles/Kaitlynn Giles, FB, def. Vogt/Strong, na; Sierra Swank/Megan Pruttis, CHI, def. Job/Burke, na.