Darby's Kimber Schlapman and TeaAnna Rouse brought home the first-place trophy in the girls' doubles portion of the Southwest B-C divisional tennis tournament when they wrapped up play on Saturday. Rouse and Schlapman, playing in just their fourth tournament of the season as doubles partners, didn't lose a match and swept their sets on Day 1.
Darby's Tristan Wall — a freshman — also brought home a division title in the boys' singles on his home court Saturday. Darby's Elsa Podesta and Sophia Delvo qualified for state in girls' singles with a second and third-place finish, respectively. Girls' doubles partners Abbie Finks and Ariana Brubaker will also go to the state B-C tennis meet starting Thursday in Bozeman after their third-place finish as will Darby's Preston Smith and Tucker Holliday in the boys' doubles (second-place finish).
In regular-season Class A tennis, Corvallis' Caleb Warnken had a big win against Whitefish's Brendan Buls in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. That now gives Warnken wins this season over the two boys who played in last year's State A championship match (Buls, Dillon's Brad Rakich). The Bulldogs, though, topped the Blue Devils 5-2 in a team matchup between squads that shared the Class A title a season ago.
Corvallis got back in the win column as a team against Columbia Falls, 6-1, and Warnken again won in straight sets, dropping just one game, 6-1, 6-0.
Butte Central's boys pulled out a hard-fought 4-3 win over Stevensville by winning two of the three doubles matches. Central's Aidan Petritz and Guido Ossello downed Garrison Bradt and David Haacke, 6-3, 6-7 (10-8), 6-2 in a marathon doubles match.
The Stevensville girls picked up a 4-3 win over Butte Central. All four of the Yellowjackets' wins were in straight sets.
The Hamilton boys were swept by both Whitefish and C. Falls, while the Hamilton girls split with the pair, beating the Wildkats 5-2 and falling to the Bulldogs, 6-1. Savanna Gurney, Hamilton's No. 4 singles player, won both of her matches.
The Corvallis girls also split with Whitefish and C. Falls. Molly Powell and Bailey Jessop got wins at No. 3 doubles against each team, though.
A long list of western Montana teams competed in the annual Laverne Combo tournament in Butte Saturday. Here are some of the highlights:
Hamilton and Hardin played to a 4-4 tie in a time-shortened game, but the Broncs shut out Miles City 3-0 to stay undefeated at the Laverne Combo over the weekend. Mikayln Brickley hit a solo shot in the win and Olivia Zepeda added an RBI.
Stevensville picked up a 20-1 win against Dillon, getting home runs from Syd Paul and Dani Trangmoe, and Ashlin Hiller went 4 for 4 at the plate to help her winning cause in the pitching circle. The Yellowjackets, though, were topped by two-time reigning Class A champion Belgrade, 13-3.
Florence split its matchups on Saturday with a 16-5 win over Shepherd, where the Falcons got home runs from Mackenzie Little and Emily Kinnaman. Florence got shut out by Huntley Project, though, 14-0.
TRACK & FIELD
Seeley-Swan won the 13-C District meet, scoring 201 points. Clark Fork was second with 118 and Darby was third with 93. Hunter Shelmerdine won the 100 and 400 for the Blackhawks while Jesse Shaske won the 800 and 1,600 for Clark Fork.
Darby's Donavon Chaffin won the 3,200 by nearly 1 minute with his time of 10:49.52 over Jesse Shaske of Clark Fork in second place. Jordan Usher took third in the race for Darby.
Victor's Skyler Webberseon leapt 18 feet, 2.75 inches in the long jump — his personal best — to capture the district title in the event.
Seeley-Swan also won the girls 13C meet and also scored 201 points. Lily Mercer starred for the Blackhawks and won the 100, 200, and 400 while Sariah Maughan won the 800 and 1,600.
Darby's Casey Ehmann, the defending Class C champion in the 300-meter hurdles won that event at districts as well as the 100-meter hurdles.
Victor's Cassidy Alber placed in four events, finishing as high as second in the long jump, to help the Pirates score 21 points.
At the Bigfork Invitational, Creagan Keller was the lone individual champ for both the Florence boys and girls. The Falcon hopped to 38-01 to win the boys' triple jump.
The Corvallis girls won the Polson ABC meet with a team score of 119.5. The Blue Devils got individual titles from Kailee McCready in the 300 hurdles, Hannah Hutchison (high jump), Kailen Herbstritt (pole vault) Calla Haldorson (discus) and the Devils won the 400-meter relay.
Hamilton had an individual win in the 800 from Brynnli Paulsen who edged Polson's Bea Frissell in an exciting race, by less than a half second. Becca Parker also won the triple jump for Hamilton.
On the boys' side, Logan Lewis won the long jump for Corvallis and Garrett Brown captured both the shot put and discus events for the Devils. Hamilton's Michael Graves won the javelin.