Lady Pirate's bring home the gold
It was a runaway in the girls standings, as Polson won the team title with 37 points. The Pirates’ top placers were Berkely Ellis and Qia Harlan, who defeated teammates Ara Mercer and Megan Rost in the doubles final. The duo of Clara Todd and Taylor Collinge finished in fourth place.
This is Polson’s fourth girls championship and the first since 2018. Whitefish, with 19 points, was the runner up while Corvallis, with 14, finished in third place.
Polson girls claim State A tennis crown
BILLINGS — Polson won the girls’ championship and Whitefish’s Gracie Smyley repeated as girls singles champion Friday at the State A tennis tournament on Friday.
Polson’ first place team finish is the school’s third overall and second since 2018.
Berkley Ellis and Qia Harlan triumphed in an all-Polson girls doubles final, beating teammates Ara Mercer and Clara Todd. Taylor Collinge and Megan Rost helped add to the team points by finishing fourth.
Smyley won her second state title over Columbia Falls’ Hannah Schweikert, 6-1, 6-2.
Whitefish’s Jayce Cripe and Niels Getts of Columbia Falls both fell in the semifinal but ended up playing each other for third place. Cripe came out on top, 6-3, 6-1.
The doubles pair of Highland Lee-French and Aaron Dicks placed fourth.
Polson also got a strong showing from doubles pair Michael Smith and Torrin Ellis, who fell to Ben Noteboom and Kent Swisse of Hardin in the fina, 6-2, 6-4.
The Bulldog boys and girls were both runners-up in the team points. Havre won the boys overall title with 23 points.
State A Tennis
Team scores — Polson 37, Whitefish 19, Corvallis 14, Columbia Falls 13, Hamilton 10, Hardin 10, Miles City 6, Glendive 3, Libby 3, Livingston 3, Dillon 2, Havre 1.