Polson netters sweep first day, bounced by Bitterroot

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At Polson last weekend, prep tennis conveys a crescendo of kudos to the Pirate coaches and players for having one of the few spring sports venues fully operational for the first meets of the season.

Polson coach Bob Hislop said they put in 250 to 300 hours of removing snow from the six courts over the preceding two week period. “After two weeks of that, the fear was that we would get a couple of rainouts,” Hislop said. “Instead, they’re coping with sunburn.”

Defending singles champion Shea McGuinness and state placer Berkley Ellis both went 4-0 on the weekend. Several matches extended to three sets, some hinging on tiebreakers.

Some among those who participated in this spring’s snow shovel conditioning regimen found that they were more adept at digging themselves out of a hole when they got behind.

Polson netters will host Dillon and Whitefish in a week’s time on the weekend of April 5-6.


Polson 6, Libby 1

SINGLES – Joe McDonald (P) def. Ryker McElmurry, 6-1, 6-1; Kendal Forman-Webster (P) def. Cayman Lee, 6-2, 6-0; Zack Morrison def. MaKauly Morrison (P), 7-6(10-8), 5-7, 10-7; Ryan Doss (P) def.Tyler Serna, 6-0, 6-2; Bridger Wenzel (P) def. Ryan Collins, 6-1, 6-0.

DOUBLES – Anton Lefthand /Trevor Schultz (P) def. R.McElmurry/C.Lee, 7-6(7-4), 6-3; Michael Smith/Matt Hobbs (P) def. Z.Morrison/R.Collins, 6-3, 6-3. (Fr22Mar19gm1)

Polson 6, Hamilton 0

SINGLES – Joe McDonald (P) def. Bodie Hansen, 6-3, 6-1; Kendal Forman-Webster (P) def. Charlie Passey, 6-1, 6-1; MaKauly Morrison (P) def. Drew Lehtola, 6-1,7-5; Bridger Wenzel (P) won by forfeit.

DOUBLES – Trevor Schultz/Anton Lefthand (P) def. Kyle Guisinger/Cooper Gurney, 6-0, 6-0; Michael Smith/Matt Hobbs (P) won by forfeit. (Fr22Mar19gm2)

Missoula Loyola 3, Polson 0

SINGLES – David Ramsey def. Kendal Forman-Webster (P) 6-2, 6-3; Teddy Heuchling def. Anton Lefthand (P) *7-6 (*7-4), 4-6, 10-8.

DOUBLES – D.Ramsey/T.Heuchling def. Joe McDonald/Trevor Schultz (P) 7-5, 6-0.


Corvallis 5, Polson 2

SINGLES – Aubry Postier def. Joe McDonald (P), 4-6, 6-3, 10-8; Jaymark Liedle def. Kendal Forman-Webster (P), 4-6, 6-1, 10-7; Colby Devlin (P) def. Jason Bay, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 10-5; MaKauly Morrison (P) def. Weston Buhler, 7-5, 6-3.

DOUBLES – Ryan Hubbard/Caleb Warnken def. Anton Lefthand/Trevor Schultz (P), 6-2,6-0; Matt Powell/Cody Henstridge def. Matt Hobbs/Tai Schriver (P), 6-0, 6-2; Marshall Fehr/Nik Talia def. Michael Smith/Bridger Wenzel (P), 3-6, 6-3, 10-0. (Sa23Mar19gm2)

Correction: In last week’s preview, Bridger Wenzel’s wrestling credentials should have read four-time all-state instead of three.


Polson 5, Libby 2

SINGLES – Shea McGuinness (P) def. Marissa Wood 6-2, 6-1; Berkley Ellis (P) def. Jessika Jones, 6-4, 6-0; Cierra Lucas def. Sierra Lundeen (P), 6-2, 6-0; Starlyn Mayberry def. Avah Eggebrecht (P), 6-2, 6-0.

DOUBLES – Qia Harlan/Megan Rost (P) def. Ivy Pierce/Jessica Cunningham, 6-0, 6-2; Ara Mercer/Sarah Kinzle (P) def. Annika Thorstenson/Laneigha Zeller, L, 4-6, 6-1, 10-5; Carly Garrick/Zanash Groves, P, def. Anna Marie Kebschell/Gabby Hibpshman, 4-6, 7-6(7-5), 10-2. (Fr22Mar19gm1)

Polson 5, Hamilton 2

SINGLES – Berkley Ellis (P) def. Holly Mahon, 6-0, 6-0; Eliana Foss def. Ara Mercer (P), 6-1, 6-4; Grace Kemp def. Sarah Kinzle (P), 6-4, 6-1; Avah Eggebrecht ( P), won by forfeit.

DOUBLES – Shea McGuinness/Qia Harlan (P) def. Lauren Kimzey/Savana Gurney, 6-1, 6-0; Megan Rost/Sierra Lundeen (P) def. Pauline Ellerwold/Gracie Hawks, 6-0, 6-0; Carly Garrick/Zanash Groves (P), won by forfeit. (Fr22Mar19gm2)

Polson 6, Missoula Loyola 0

SINGLES – Shea McGuinness (P) def. Lauren Bodlovic, 6-4, 3-6, 10-8; Megan Rost (P) def. Sarah Jaing, 6-0, 6-4; Taylor Bloomfield (P) def. Lanny Denning, 6-0, 7-6(10-7); Sierra Lundeen (P) def. McKinna Deschamps, 6-2, 6-3.

DOUBLES – Berkley Ellis/Qia Harlan (P) def. Lauren Bodlovic/McKinna Deschamps, 6-4, 6-0; Ara Mercer/Sarah Kinzle (P) def. Sarah Jaing/Lanny Denning, 6-3, 6-2. (Sa23Mar19gm1)

Corvallis 4, Polson 3

SINGLES – Shea McGuinness (P) def. Madeline DeLeo, 6-2, 6-3; Berkley Ellis ( P) def. Jennifer Watt, 6-1, 6-3; Presley Zimmerman def. Taylor Bloomfield (P), 6-1, 6-1; Shae Flynn def. Zenash Groves (P), 6-0, 6-0.

DOUBLES – Danielle Coates/Christina Weidkamp def. Megan Rost/Qia Harlan (P), 6-4, 2-6, 10-9; Sarah Kinzle/Ara Mercer (P) def. Cecily Gerber/Cassidy Potter, 6-0, 4-6, 12-10; Molly Powell/Bailey Jessop def. Sierra Lundeen/Arly Teaff (P), 6-0, 6-0. (Sa23Mar19gm2)

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