Ronan battles for Class B State spots
RONAN – The Chiefs and Maidens are on their way to the State tennis courts with doubles “Team Hannah” leading the way.
After doubles team Hannah Kiehn and Hannah Bird Rattler battled to second at Divisionals last weekend, the Maidens are sending them to State along with the boys’ team.
Long-time head coach Gordon Cummings is ready to announce that “anything can happen” come the State competition.
“It’s going good,” he said. “I have one girls’ doubles team going to State (Kiehn/Bird Rattler) and Fisher Shima for the boys, who took second at a tournament with all the B schools that will be at State and only lost to last year’s State champion, so things are going good.”
At Bigfork in the Divisional tourney, the Hannahs placed second after falling to Bigfork’s girls’ team of Brooke Bonner/Alauna Weilacher but not before defeating Azure Stever/Taylor Browon of Troy to get into the championship round.
Because there are not enough boys competing at the Class B level, Ronan will take the whole boys team to State.
While tennis athletes play as individuals with the exception of the doubles team, Cummings said Shima is an inspiration as he works hard in the offseason, leading the rest of the team by example.
All in all the Ronan tennis athletes are working hard to make a splash at the State level, and Cummings is preparing them to place well.
“They’re a lot of fun to coach,” Cummings said. “They work hard and they know how to be serious and they know how to have a good time. They’re just an overall good group of kids to work with.”
For those who qualified, State will be held Thursday through Saturday in Great Falls.