Tennis teams host Park, Havre, Billings Central

By: 
Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Danyon Rice and Taylor Woods compete at last year’s state tournament in Bozeman. Woods’ match was played indoors at the MSU courts.
Photos by Doreen Heintz

Today (Saturday) the Fergus High School varsity tennis teams, under the tutelage of long-time Head Coach Diane Lewis, play host to Park, Havre and Billings Central. The FHS junior varsity squads head to Havre to play in a JV tournament today.
Danyon Rice, who competed at the state tournament in Bozeman last year, leads the FHS boys’ team. Rice is the No. 1 singles player for the Golden Eagles. Other varsity singles players are Jace Philipps, Tanner Mannin and Weston Church. Doubles teams for the Fergus boys include Jacob Miller and Ben Kolar, Dylan Gatz and Thad Nave, and Greg Fulbright and Cooper Bruchez.
On the girls’ team, number one singles player Taylor Woods returns after competing at the state tournament a year ago. Also playing singles for the Golden Eagles are Lissy Southworth, Tessa Gatz and Annie Franz. Girls’ doubles teams are Abby Gatz and Lexi Arndt, Audra Fry and Summer Elmore, and Sydney Kelsey and Nicole Woolett.
Matches begin today at 9 a.m.
Fergus will host two other tournaments during the season. On Friday and Saturday, May 12-13, the Golden Eagles host their annual FHS Invitational. The following weekend, Thursday and Friday, May 18 and 19, Fergus will host the Central A Divisional Tournament. The top four singles players from both boys and girls, along with the top four doubles teams, advance from the Central A Divisional Tournament to the State A Tournament, which will be played in Kalispell this year.

Cut Bank Duals
April 14-15
Girls. . .
Libby 6, Fergus 1

Singles: Taylor Woods lost to Mehki Sykes, 7-8 (4-7); Tessa Gatz lost to Isabelle Martineu, 5-8; Fergus forfeit; Fergus forfeit.
Doubles: Abby Gatz/Alexia Arndt defeated Jessika Jones/Marissa Wood, 8-0; Annie Franz/Dalice Church lost to Lauryn Lauer/Morgan Snyder, 6-8; Fergus forfeit.

Boys. . .
Libby 5, Fergus 2

Singles: Danyon Rice lost to Jhamaal Sykes, 6-8; Jayce Philipps lost to Colin Mahone, 2-8; Tanner Mannin defeated Virgil Sadewasser, 8-5; Westten Church defeated Rayson Arnold, 8-5.
Doubles: Jacob Miller/Ben Kolar lost to Erik Lauer/Braydan Thom, 3-8; Dylan Gatz/Thad Nave lost to Ryan Nagle/Gio Cano, 1-8; Greg Fulbright/Cooper Bruchez lost to Devin Payne/Zach Carter, 5-8.

Girls. . .
Whitefish 4, Fergus 2

Singles: Woods defeated Hannah Madsen 8-7 (9-7); Gatz lost to Paint Intasuk, 2-8; Fergus forfeit; Fergus forfeit.
Doubles: Gatz/Arndt lost to Jesse Grawunder/Aubrey Hanks, 3-8; Franz/Church defeated MacKenzieVick/ Hunter Grimes, 8-1; double forfeit.

Boys. . .
Fergus 4, Whitefish 3

Singles: Rice defeated Eric Holdhusen, 8-1; Philipps lost to Ethan Potthoff, 1-8; Mannin defeated Zach Brandt, 8-5; Church defeated Noah Fauth, 8-4.
Doubles: Miller/Kolar defeated Brendan Buls/Eric Holdhusen, 8-4; Gatz/Nave lost to Travis Catina/Mark Anderson, 3-8; Fulbright/Bruchez lost to Jamie Schwartz/Colter Upton, 3-8.

Girls. . .
Fergus 2, Troy 2

Singles: Woods lost to Allie Brown, 3-8; Gatz lost to Kaylee Stecher, 6-8; two double forfeits.
Doubles: Gatz/Arndt won by forfeit; Franz/Church won by forfeit; double forfeit.

Boys. . .
Fergus 5, Troy 2

Singles: Rice defeated AJ Faur, 8-0; Philipps defeated Cody Osterberg, 8-5; Mannin defeated Alex Freund, 8-4; Church defeated Liam Hennsley, 8-3.
Doubles: Miller/Kolar defeated Noah Caballero, 8-7 (8-6); Gatz/Nave lost to Jaymin Stever/Cy Winslow, 6-8; Fulbright/Bruchez lost to Faur/Ostertag, 7-8 (8-10).

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