THIRD PLACES — Cowboy senior Calen King and Cowgirl sophomore Kristine Warlick pose with their third place medals and framed brackets at the state tennis tournament in Missoula over the weekend. I-O Photo by Pat Lee
The Conrad Tennis Teams finished their season this past weekend at the Class ‘B-C’ State Tennis Tournament.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls Teams both tied for fourth overall at state. Coach Kendall Griggs felt the kids put their heart and soul onto the court and gave 100 percent in every match at the three-day tournament. “I am proud of every one of them for giving it their all and never quitting; even when down a set or playing the defending state champ. All in all the season ended with a great tournament and the players should be as proud of their play as we coaches are,” he says.
In girls’ play Jade Rodriguez entered the tournament as the fourth seed out of the Northwest Division. She finished the tourney 1-2 losing 4-6, 0-6 to a tough opponent in the first round from Superior, fourth place finisher Cary Chamberlain. She then defeated Faith Lawson of Forsyth 6-1, 6-0 before falling 5-7, 3-6 to fifth place finisher Kyli Gentilini of Baker.
Courtney Anderson also finished 1-2 at the tourney wrapping up a great career with the Conrad Tennis Team.
Anderson lost in the first round to McKinzee Shults of Big Fork 6-7 (3-7) 6-7 (7-9). She then defeated Kiana Burkhartsmeyer of Chinook 6-2, 6-1 before losing out to St. Ignatius’ Jane Makepeace 2-6, 6-7 (2-7).
In doubles play Emily Weisgram and Moranda Brenteson finished the tourney 2-2 with a first round loss to Pepiot/Higgins of Troy 6-1, 5-7, 4-6. They then went on to defeat Shinaberger/Bailey of Fort Benton 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) and then Good/Han of CJI 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
The girls had a tough battle to end the tourney to third place finishers from Loyola Nielsen/Sauro 2-6, 5-7.
Kristine Warlick had a super tournament advancing through the first three rounds defeating Marisa Romiero of Whitehall 6-0, 6-0, Kyli Gentilini of Baker 6-1, 6-1 and Sadie Brown of C-JI 6-1, 6-1. Warlick lost in the semifinals to Emma Wooldridge of Superior-Alberton 4-6, 2-6.
She then blanked the competition in the consolation championship to finish third overall in girls’ Singles. Warlick again defeated Kyli Gentilini 6-2, 6-2 and then routed Superior’s Cary Chamberlain 6-3, 6-0. Overall the girls had a good tournament and Warlick impressed many teams as a sophomore taking third at State.
In boys’ singles play Konnor Bjelland put up good fought battles coming in as a four seed, but ended up losing out to Jonathan Finch of Loyola 0-6, 1-6 and Isaac Matt of Cut Bank 6-7 (5-7), 1-6.
In boys’ doubles Kesler Martin and Steven Peters also lost out in two, but played well and gained great experience for next season. They lost to Bundy/Daniels of St. Ignatius 4-6, 6-7 and Palmer/Norberg of Valley Christian 1-6, 0-6.
Austin Zomer had a good tourney going 2-2 while playing his heart out on the court. Zomer defeated Nate Roberson of Big Fork 6-4, 7-5 and then lost to Nathan Voeller of Cut Bank 1-6, 4-6. He turned around and defeated Austin Schilling of Cut Bank 6-3, 6-2, but then lost out to Crede Garcia of Troy 7-5, 0-6, 4-6.
Camron Janzen also had a good run in boys singles also finishing 2-2. He opened with a win over Zach Burke of Loyola 6-2, 6-1 but then lost to now 2-time state champ Spencer Ahlborn of St. Ignatius 1-6, 1-6. Janzen then defeated Isaac Matt of Cut Bank 6-4, 6-2 before losing out to sixth place finisher Shane Kauffman of Valley Christian 6-7 (4-7), 1-6.
In doubles play Luke Schlosser and Colter Knox ended 1-2, losing to the Valley Christian teams who took third and fifth place in the Tournament. Schlosser and Knox defeated Yelsa/Suta of St. Ignatius 6-2, 6-0 but then lost to Potter/Bohlken of VC 2-6, 4-6 and Norberg/Palmer of VC 1-6, 6-3, 5-7.
“The boys had a good tournament overall and gained needed experience to mature as players for next season. They made leaps and bounds from the beginning of the year and should be proud of how they played at State,” Griggs noted.
Calen King put a nice finish to his illustrious career with Cowboy tennis. He finished third in boys’ singles and became one of the first, if not the first player in Conrad history to place at state in tennis all four years.
King defeated Christopher Manuel of VC 6-2, 6-1 and then bested Dylan Reichenbach of Big Fork 6-2, 7-5 in a match of endless deuce points. King then fell to Josiah Petersen of Valley Christian 6-2, 2-6, 1-6 in the semifinals before being sent to the Consolation bracket.
On the backside of the bracket King again faced stiff competition from Big Fork, but defeated Colter Mahlum 6-4, 6-4 for a chance to again play Dylan Reichenbach for 3rd/4th winning the match 6-4, 6-3. “I am proud of Calen as a coach. He surpassed my skill set as a freshman and continued to work hard to attain the level of success he has achieved,” Griggs said.
For the girls, the final team scores and placing went like this: Cut Bank 45, Superior 34, Fairfield 23, Conrad, Chinook and Fort Benton all tied with 16 and Townsend had 15.
On the boys’ side team scores and places looked like this: Valley Christian 44, Bigfork 40, St. Ignatius 30, Conrad 20, Loyola 20, Cut Bank 20 and Troy 7.