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Mission sends six tennis players to state

by Brandon Hansen / For The Leader
| May 25, 2023 12:05 AM

Mission tennis teams were determined at the Western B-C Divisionals last Thursday and Friday in Bigfork. The boys secured an impressive second place overall, and the team's performance resulted in six players earning qualification for the upcoming state tournament in Great Falls.

In the doubles category, Tre Heath-LaFrombois and Nic Frost of Mission faced a formidable duo from Bigfork, Porrovecchio and Christians, in the divisional championship match. Despite their best efforts, Heath-LaFrombois and Frost fell short in the final, scoring 6-3, 6-2. However, their outstanding performance throughout the tournament earned them a well-deserved second-place finish.

In singles, Erich Morigeau of Mission engaged in a fiercely contested championship match against C. Carlson from Bigfork. Both players battled in a thrilling contest that extended to three sets. Although Morigeau fought valiantly, he ultimately fell short, scoring 4-6, 7-6, 6-0. Morigeau's second-place finish will send him to the state tournament.

On the girls' side, Lanie Keast of Mission showcased her talent and resilience as she faced off against Jade Sisler from Bigfork in the third-fourth place match. Keast dominated the match with her precise shots and strategic play, securing a convincing victory with a score of 6-2, 6-0. Her impressive showing earned her a well-deserved third place finish, setting the stage for a promising state tournament appearance.

In the doubles category, Emily Morigeau and Evelyn Pavlock-Ferencz of Mission encountered a tough challenge in their match against Grueter and Heinrich from Superior in the third-fourth place match. The two teams engaged in a closely contested battle that extended to three sets. Despite their valiant efforts, Morigeau and Pavlock-Ferencz fell short, scoring 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. Nevertheless, their strong performance throughout the tournament secured them a fourth place finish.

With six players qualifying for the state tournament, Mission is poised to make a strong impact in Great Falls.

Mission Tennis sweeps Troy, falls to Bigfork

On May 12, Mission's boys and girls tennis teams faced off against Bigfork and Troy, while the girls' team took on Valley Christian and Troy.

In the boys' match against Bigfork, Mission faced a tough challenge and unfortunately fell short with a final score of 3-0. Erich Morigeau of Mission displayed resilience and fought hard against Dane Carlson of Bigfork, but ultimately Carlson emerged victorious with a score of 6-2, 6-0.

In doubles, Nic Frost and Tre Heath-LaFrombois battled against Dylan Porrovechio and Seth Christians of Bigfork but could not secure a win, with Bigfork triumphing with a score of 6-4, 6-2. Similarly, Jack Keast and Michael Quequesah of Mission faced a strong Bigfork duo consisting of Andrew Wallen and Malachi Comly, who clinched a victory with a score of 6-2, 6-0.

Mission's boys' team rebounded strongly in their match against Troy, securing a 2-1 victory. Morigeau performed well, defeating Winter Sedler of Troy with a score of 6-1, 6-3.

In doubles, Frost and Heath-Laframbois showcased excellent teamwork, overpowering Tyler O'Conner and Tyler Simmonavicki of Troy with a dominant score of 6-0, 6-2. Keast and Quequesah continued the winning streak for Mission, defeating the Troy duo with a score of 8-4.

On the girls' side, Mission faced Valley Christian in a closely contested match that ended with a score of 2-1 in favor of Valley Christian. Lanie Keast of Mission displayed remarkable skill and determination, defeating Ashlynn McGill of Valley Christian with a score of 8-4. In another singles match, Kariah Thomas fought valiantly against Maci Pickens of Valley Christian but could not secure a win, with Pickens emerging victorious with a score of 6-4, 6-4.

In doubles, Emily Morigeau and Evelyn Pavlock-Ferencz of Mission faced a tough challenge against Amanda Leonard and Grace Holt Meyer of Valley Christian, falling short with a score of 8-4.

The Mission girls' team, however, bounced back in their match against Troy, clinching a well-deserved 2-1 victory. Keast continued her impressive form, dominating Sierra Gardner of Troy with a score of 6-0, 6-0. Thomas displayed skill and consistency in her match against Shelby Cole of Troy, securing a 6-0, 6-3 victory.

In a thrilling doubles match, Morigeau and Pavlock-Ferencz engaged in a closely contested battle against Lily Kanzler and Miley Babcock of Troy. After intense rallies, Troy emerged victorious with a score of 7-7, 7-3.