DCHS Boys', girls' tennis get conference wins
By Anthony Varriano
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
The Dawson County High School tennis teams logged conference victories while hosting the Elk’s Tournament in Glendive, Friday and Saturday.
The tournament consisted of team duels featuring two singles matches and four doubles matches to accommodate a large number of matches and still enable teams to enter ten players.
Dawson County coach Rich Lindgren said that many new combinations of team singles and doubles became evident and the tournament structure allowed the opportunity for many players to get experience playing both singles and doubles.
The Lady Red Devils notched four team wins overall, with three coming against non-conference teams from Baker and Cody, Wyom. The Lady Devils beat Baker twice, got a conference win over Miles City and finished in a tie with Billings Central. Hardin proved to be a handful, winning both Friday and Saturday matches, 5-1.
“Preseason predictions of a strong Hardin girls team seem evident observing overall team scores,” Lindgren said.
Senior players Annie Hill and Meriah Taylor led the team in singles play, each going 3-2 for the tournament. Senior Morgan Mires with partner Marenah Crockett led the doubles squads finishing 4-3 over the weekend.
The boys’ team finished with three wins and two losses, blanking Cody, Hardin and Miles City 6-0. Billings Central got the best of them 5-1 on Saturday after playing to a tie on Friday.
“The State Champion Billings Central boys team appears to once again have the opportunity to do well at the Divisional and State levels,” Lindgren said.
For the Devils, Jory Opp and Josh Hoffer were undefeated in doubles play as a new team for the tournament. Top DCHS doubles team Dennis Berg and Gavin McPherson steadily improve, going 4-1, with their sole defeat coming at the hands of Billings Central. They look like they’ll be a handful at Divisionals. Hadyn Pettersen continues to lead the singles match play with sound groundstrokes, serve, and strategy. He finished 3-2 over the weekend.
The next meet for the teams is the Mayfair Tournament in Billings beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday at several city court locations and will continue into
Saturday afternoon. The tournament will feature four singles matches and three doubles matches in a round robin series of team duels.