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Chiefs 4th, Bulldogs 5th at State B-C tournament

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With Fisher Shima leading the way with a fifth-place victory over Mission’s Andrew Esslinger (7-6, 3-6, 6-3), the Ronan boys’ tennis team swatted its way to fourth place, while neighboring St. Ignatius finished fifth at the State B-C Tennis Tournament played Thursday through Saturday in Great Falls.

Three-peat champion Loyola Sacred Heart steamrolled the competition on the boys’ side, scoring a massive 71 points to runner-up Bigfork’s 29. Troy took third with 26 points, ahead of Ronan in fourth with 18 and fifth-place St. Ignatius with 14.


State B-C Tennis



Final team scores - Loyola Sacred Heart 71, Bigfork 29, Troy 26, Ronan 18, St. Ignatius 14, Cut Bank 12, Valley Christian 12, Conrad 6, Darby 3.


Championship - Kalen Christiaens, Loyola, def. Carson Christian, Loyola, 6-2, 6-3.

Third place - Ian Descamps, Loyola, def. Dominic Chiaverini, Troy, 6-3, 6-4.

Fifth place - Fisher Shima, Ronan, def. Andrew Esslinger, St. Ignatius, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3.


Third place - George Gibson/Ben Russell, Bigfork, def. Harry Muth/Alex Nagata, Loyola, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

Fifth place - Spencer Czech/Jess Ray, Cut Bank, def. Philip Manuel/Devin Brewer, Valley Christian, 6-2, 6-4.



Final team scores - Chinook 52, Cut Bank 28, Baker 24, Townsend 22, Lone Peak 15, Chester-Joplin Inverness 13, Choteau 11, Conrad 9, Boulder 9, Loyola Sacred Heart 7, Fairfield 7, Bigfork 6, Wolf Point 4, Philipsburg 3, Darby 2, Whitehall 2, St. Ignatius 2, Troy 1, Valley Christian 1.


Championship - Mariah Swank, Chinook, def. Luisa Locker, Lone Peak, 7-6 (8), 7-6 (12).

Third place - Brooke Nicholson, Chinook, def. Lauren Stewert, CJI, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.

Fifth place - Kylie Hadley, Baker, def. Dakota Dosch, Cut Bank, 6-3, 7-5.


Championship - Alex Kraft-Duana Gobert, Cut Bank, def. Lauren

Harshman/Cortney Gunderson, Chinook, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.

Third place - Savannah Hickey/Bryalea Wyrick, Baker, def. Jaden

Sparrow/Jen Yancy, Townsend, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.

Fifth place - Sierra Gramm/Sarah Hodgkiss, Choteau, def. Darcie

Bullock/Lexi Vossler, Boulder, 7-5, 6-3.

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