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HELENA -- Missoula Big Sky senior Colin Bahin took top honors in the boys' No. 1 singles bracket Saturday at the Helena Invitational tennis meet.

Bahin started his day with an impressive semifinal sweep over defending State AA singles champion Noah Strizich of Helena Capital, 6-1, 6-3. That set up a championship match against Hunter Blalack of Kalispell Glacier, who won a semifinal thriller over 2014 state singles runner-up Layne Ryerson of Helena, 2-6, 6-3, 10-8.

In the title match, Bahin disposed of Blalack in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6 (5). Bahin was down early in the second set but rallied and then set the tone early in the tiebreaker.

"Today and through the whole tournament Colin was very composed," Big Sky coach Gordon Terpe said. "He had an idea of what he needed to do and stuck with it.

"We had some windy conditions and he handled it really well, adjusting his game to take the wind out of play."

In the boys' No. 1 doubles bracket, Missoula Hellgate's Isak Nord and Grant Porter lost a semifinal heartbreaker to a team from Billings Senior, 6-3, 3-6, 11-9.

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In the girls' No. 1 singles and doubles brackets, Missoula players reached the finals only to fall short.

Hellgate freshman Olivia Panarella lost to Bozeman veteran Zoe Lindgren in singles, 6-1, 6-2. In doubles, Missoula Sentinel's Katie Veteto and Morgan Harrington lost to Martinez and George of Great Falls CMR, 6-2, 6-7 (8), 6-4.

 

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