Red Devils court success at Billings A tournament
By Anthony Varriano
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
The Dawson County High School varsity tennis teams traveled to Billings last Thursday and Friday to participate in the annual Billings AA public schools’ Invitational Tournament.
The tournament was structured for 12-person teams, consisting of eight matches per dual, four singles and four doubles.
Both girls and boys competed against Billings Skyview, Great Falls High, Great Falls-Russell, Billings West and Billings Senior.
The young and ever-improving girls squad earned 12 individual match wins pushing Great Falls to a 4-4 tie, while falling to Skyview, 3-5, Senior, 3-5, Billings West, 1-7 and Great Falls Russell, 1-7.
Individual winners included Meriah Taylor, Marenah Crockett and Ceeara Staiger in singles. Hannah Bogar and Katrielle Carney, and Brianna Pierce and Sami Hubbard both won doubles matches.
The boys team remained undefeated until the final matches of the day, defeating Skyview, 7-1, Great Falls High, 7-1, Great Falls Russell, 8-0, and Billings West, 5-3, before Billings Senior bested them 6-2 in a dual that saw tiebreakers at first-, second-, and third-ranked doubles swing in Senior’s favor.
“Doubles play was excellent at times but lacked the consistency needed for tournament play,” head coach Rich Lindgren said. “With new and young teams this will take time to develop as the season progresses.”
Hadyn Pettersen went 4-1 in the top singles spot, while second-ranked Nathan Sickler and third-ranked Jory Opp went undefeated in five matches.
The next tournament for the squads is the Elk’s Invitational in Glendive on Friday and Saturday. The tournament will host Cody, Wyom., Baker, Hardin, Billings Central, and Miles City. It will be the first big divisional test for both squads.
Boys’ matches will be headquartered at Lloyd Square Park and the girls will match up at West Park courts, with matches beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday against Cody.