DCHS tennis shows promise
By Anthony Varriano
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
The Dawson County High School tennis teams showed great promise in their final preparation before the Divisional Tournament at the Miles City Invitational, Friday, with the girls and boys both beating Miles City and Billings Central.
Hadyn Petterson, Nathan Sickler, and Jory Opp were undefeated playing first- through third-ranked singles matches. Dennis Berg and Gavin McPherson and Alladin Baer and Bradley Reinhart were undefeated in boys doubles.
For the girls, Alyssa Kessel and Freddie Geiger were undefeated in singles action while Hannah Bogar and Katrielle Carney were undefeated in doubles.
The next event for the squads will be the Eastern A Divisional Tournament in Glendive, Thursday and Friday. The format for the event will be a bracketed tournament with only the top four singles players and top four doubles teams qualifying for the State Tournament in Billings, May 22 and 23.
State Champion Dillon Meyer and State doubles finalists John Knisely and Harrison Fagg, and Tommy Pankratz and Jake Newbury appear to be the Billings Central team favorites.
Hardin returns All-State players Katie McCleary and Hannah Ware in doubles, and Alice Cai and Chrissy Weibert in singles.
“Barclay Fagg from Billings Central has returned a stronger player following her second place finish in singles a year ago,” head coach Rich Lindgren said.
Fagg handily defeated Annie Hill, Friday, 6-1, 6-0. Hill, a state qualifier in doubles her sophomore year, takes over the top spot in singles, filling the big shoes left by three-time State Champion Morgan Opp.
The Red Devils have State qualifiers Hadyn Pettersen and Nathan Sickler in singles and All-State doubles squad Dennis Berg and Gavin McPherson.
The Lady Devils have Meriah Taylor playing at number two, who gutted out a big win over Erin O’Leary of Billings Central, 7-5, 6-4, on Friday.
In doubles, a new Lady Devil duo in Morgan Mires and Marenah Crockett look to ruffle up the perennial powers of Billings Central and Hardin. The new team has already shown the ability to play with the powerful duo of Jordan Cunningham and Megan Pritchard of Billings Central, nearly taking the first set of their match, Friday.
On Thursday, all singles matches will be played at West Park with doubles matches played at Lloyd Square Park. On Friday, all matches will move to the West Park Complex, with finals beginning around noon. Saturday will be used if needed as a make up date if one of the days is rained out.
A match win on the championship side earns a team two points and one point on the consolation side. Team points are also awarded for individuals placing. First place earns 10 team points, second earns seven, third is awarded four points and fourth place gets two.