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Bulldogs tennis duo second at state

by Lake County Leader
| May 25, 2021 12:00 PM

Mission tennis boys doubles team Lalo Bravo and Kayden Carter wrapped up a stellar season and just missed a state title on Friday in Missoula.

The boys from St. Ignatius cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win in the quarterfinals Thursday, then knocked off Sam Caras and Joe Kirschenmann of Loyola Sacred Heart 6-4, 6-0 in the semifinals Friday.

Loyola wasn’t done with them, however.

Fellow Loyola duo Finn Richardson and Carter Topp knocked off Bravo/Carter 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the championship match later Friday.

It was Loyola’s year. The Missoula school took both singles titles, both doubles titles and swept the team titles.

State B-C Tournament

May 20-21 at Missoula

Boys team scores: Missoula Loyola 38, Valley Christian 33, Cut Bank 28, Bigfork 21, St. Ignatius 19, Great Falls Central 11, Darby 8, Conrad and Lone Peak 4, Anaconda 2, Choteau, Troy, Chester and Libby 0.

Boys singles

Semifinals: Jake Bellamah, Loyola, def. West, Bigfork, 6-2, 6-1; Riley Reimer, Valley Christian, def. Rouse, Darby, 6-2, 6-3.

Final: Bellamah def. Reimer, 6-2, 6-1.

Boys doubles

Semifinals: Brett Sneed/Dillon Gray, Cut Bank, def. Finn Richardson/Topp, Loyola, 4-6, 6-1, 10-5; Lalo Bravo/Kayden Carter, Mission, def. Caras/Kirschenmann, Loyola, 6-4, 6-0.

Final: Sneed/Gray def. Bravo/Carter, 6-3, 7-6 (5).

Girls team scores: Missoula Loyola 54, Choteau 22, Simms 20, Chinook 19, Fairfield 18, Fort Benton 17, Townsend 13, Conrad 10, Bigfork 9, Baker 7, Clark Fork 5, Boulder and Valley Christian and Three Forks 4, Chinook CJI 3, Great Falls Central 3, Forsyth and Wolf Point 2, St. Ignatius, Darby and Harlem 1, Anaconda, Cut Bank, Philipsburg, Lone Peak, Troy, Valier and Poplar 0.

Girls singles

Semifinals: Gio Horner, Loyola, def. Zietzke SHS, 6-1, 6-3; Evelyn Dechans, Loyola, def. Broesder, Conrad, 6-0, 6-0.

Final: Dechans def. Horner, 6-1, 6-0.

Girls doubles

Semifinals: Grace Daniel/Ava Bellemah, Loyola, def. Rosenbaum/Wilson, Fairfield, 6-2, 6-1; Funk/Cummings, Choteau, def. Cook/Halko, Fort Benton, 6-1, 6-0.

Final: Daniel/Bellamah def. Funk/Cummings, 6-2, 6-4.