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SPOKANE - Missoula Hellgate left its mark at the 65th annual Inland Empire High School tennis championships Saturday in Spokane.

The Knights claimed the overall team crown, the first time in the history of the tournament that an out-of-state school has won.

"I'm stoked, the parents are stoked, the kids are, this is great," Hellgate tennis coach Greg Robitaille said. "We came here certainly expecting to compete, but didn't think we would come away winning this. It was a fun day."

The Knights picked up three titles at the two-day tournament where 47 schools and 620 players from four states competed.

At No. 1 girls' doubles, Lisa Woerlein and Michelle Thomas teamed to down a team from South Ridge High School 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 and 7-4 in the third set tie-breaker in a semifinal match.

The duo later defeated University High School 0-6, 6-4, 7-5 for the championship.

Hellgate's Michelle Carey and Taylor Simpkins claimed third place at No. 2 doubles, winning 6-4, 6-4 against Gonzaga Prep.

On the boys' side, Alex Braun won in straight sets in the semis and the championship to claim the No. 2 singles title.

His brother, Eric, the two-time defending State AA champ, settled for second at No. 1 singles.

After topping Mount Spokane 7-5, 6-1, Eric Braun lost to fellow University of Montana tennis recruit Ethan Vaughn of Meade High School 6-2, 6-2 in the title match.

In doubles play, the Knights' Sam Angel and Zach Peevey claimed the No. 2 doubles title in straight sets.

In mixed doubles, the Hellgate duo of Lee Fristsen and Elyse Finnegan took third.

Elsewhere

BOYS

Hamilton 4, Polson 3

Singles - Bob Huppert, H, def. Matt Roberts, 6-4, 6-3; Ethan Selig, H, def. Christian McCurdy, 6-1, 6-0; Aaron Mead, H, def. Sam Peel, 6-0, 6-1; Andrew Storro, P, def. Cody Tredik, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Doubles - Shad Giles/Justin Evertz, P, def. Jason Jessop/Parker Richards, 6-3, 6-2; Cody Lewis/Graham Silcher, H, def. Will Davey/Hayden Congdon, 6-3, 6-0; Ian Laimbeer/Reed Hovenkotter, P, def. Reese Isherwood/Craig Weese, 7-5, 6-1.

Corvallis 7, Polson 0

Singles - Levi Pauley, C, def. Matt Roberts, 6-1, 6-2; Spencer Fehr, C, def. Christian McCurdy, 6-1, 6-1; David Ilgenfritz, C, def. Andrew Storro, 6-3, 6-0; Turner Zsupnik, C, def. Hayden Congdon, 6-4, 6-3.

Doubles - Luke Allsop/Dillon Murray, C, def. Shad Giles/Justin Everetz, 7-6 (9-7), 7-5; Mitchell Decker/Bridger Walczynski, C, def. Ian Laimbeer/Will Davey, 6-0, 6-1; Cody Lengyl/Isaac Smith, C, def. Jaconb Brown/Sam Peel, 6-0, 6-1.

Corvallis 7, St. Ignatius 0

Singles - Levi Pauley, C, def. Spencer Ahlborn, 6-2, 6-2; Spencer Fehr, C, def. Wes Nowlan, 6-1, 6-0; Luke Lagerquist, C, def. Xavier Streets, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6); Tim Allsop, C, def. Brian Schock, 6-2, 6-3.

Doubles - Dillon Murray/Luke Allsop, C, def. Nikko Alexander/Trail Bundy, 6-0, 6-0; Cody Lengyl/Bridger Walczynski, C, def. Kyle Schock/Paden Alexander, 6-0, 6-1; Mitchell Decker/Isaac Smith, C, def. Spencer Ahlborn/Wes Nowlan, 6-2, 6-1.

GIRLS

Hamilton 4, Polson 3

Singles - Mary Conwell, H, def. Jane Probst, 6-2, 6-2; Kelsey Jura, H, def. Karmen Borchers, 6-1, 6-2; Nellie Moran, H, def. Whitney Zimmerman, 7-5, 6-1; Kelsey Della Silva, H, def. Josie Benedetti, 7-5, 7-5.

Doubles - Kayla Rochin/Kendyall Rochin, P, def. Kim Lamar/Stella Quinlan, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-0; Krisie Howell/MacKenzie Clay, P, def. Varsha Rao/Tara Stromberg, 6-4, 7-5; Audra Engebretson/Jordan Quinn, P, def. Erica Huppert/Meg Maclean, 6-2, 7-6.

Hamilton 7, Anaconda 0

Singles - Kelsey Jura, H, def. Emily Morani, 6-3, 6-1; Mary Conwell, H, def. Taneesha Graham, 6-0, 6-0; Nellie Moran, H, def. Hailey VanMeel, 6-1, 6-0; Jill Toews, H, def. Jordan Sweeney, 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles - Kim Lamar/Stella Quinlan, H, def. Keiran McKernan, 6-3, 6-3; Kelsey Della Silva/Tara Stromberg, H, def. Eleanor Krueger/Kaitlin Vetter, 6-1, 6-1; Erica Huppert/Meg Maclean, H, def. Dankia Fabich/Aly Bisch, 6-0, 6-0.

Polson 6, Corvallis 1

Singles - Jane Probst, P, def. Sydnee Madryga, 6-2, 6-3; Tabitha Hooten, C, def. Kendyall Rochin, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3; Kayla Rochin, P, def. Sarah Harmsworth, 6-1, 7-5; Karmen Borchers, P, def. Lexi Sangster, 6-2, 6-1.

Doubles - Kelsie Howell/Mackenzie Clay, P, def. Lauren Phinney/Brooke Heckeroth, 7-5, 6-3; Audra Engebretson/Jordan Quinn, P, def. Hannah Lockhart/Dao Slagter, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2; Whitney Zimmerman/Josie Benedetti, P, def. Kelsey Jessop/Shandra Williams, 6-3, 6-1.

Corvallis 5, Darby 2

Singles - Sydnee Madruga, C, def. Miriam Bender, 6-2, 6-4; Tabitha Hooten, C, def. Natalie Krosch, 6-1, 6-1; Latisha Smith, D, def. Sarah Harmsworth, 6-1, 6-1; Lexi Sangster, C, def. Brianna Massey, 6-1, 6-4.

Doubles - Bara Schutova/Hayley Finks, D, def. Lauren Phinney/Brooke Heckeroth, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4; Hannah Lockhart/Dao Slagter, C, def. Keivana Carloglia/Brittni Mair, 6-1, 6-4; Kaylie Holmes/Megan Lengyel, C, def. Olivia McCormack/Raeghan Johnson, 6-0, 6-0.

Townsend duals

Townsend 6, Superior 0

Singles - Gaelyn Dominic, T, def. Cary Chamberlain 8-1; Delta Sjostrom, T, def. Michele Reinelt 8-3; Mercedes Meier, T, def. Chanel Elliott, 8-7 (14-12); Jenna Eliel, T, def. Hillary Stevens, 8-2.

Doubles - Logan Weidman/Sophie Hegg, T, def. Sarah Wuebkes/Kaylee Crabb, 8-4; Paige Lewis/Harley Breker, T, def. Catie Goodpasture/Myranda Kuhl, 8-5.

Whitehall 3, Superior 3

Singles - Chamberlain, S, def. Michele Schahtzemski, 8-5; Kayla Leverton, W, def. Reinelt, 8-5; Amanda Reed, W, def. Elliott, 8-6; Kuhl, S, def. Anna Talkington, 8-1.

Doubles - Megan McLean/Marina Steerman, W, def. Wuebkes/Crabb, 8-5; Goodpasture/Stevens, S, def. Taylor Gooch/Lizzie Larsen, 8-3.

Fairfield 3, Superior 3

Singles - Chamberlain, S, def. Laurel Anderson, 8-1; Reinelt, S, def. Arielle Wagner, 8-2; Sierra Hoyt, F, def. Kuhl, 8-3; Elliott, S, def. Katrina Eller, 8-5.

Doubles - Lexi Bremmer/Serina Hoyt, F, def. Wuebkes/Crabb, 8-3; Emily Barrett/Linnea Zier, F, def. Goodpasture/Stevens, 8-5.

Superior 4, Choteau 2

Singles - Kyle Peebles, C, def. Chamberlain, 8-4; Lacy Bouma, C, def. Reinelt, 8-2; Goodpasture, S, def. Tiffany Maltby, by inj. default; Elliott, S, def. Amanda Wilekes, 8-0.

Doubles - Wuebkes/Crabb, S, def. Trisha Christenson/CJ Spinder, 8-3; Stevens/Kuhl, S, def. Susan Rice/Angela Hlavmaka, 8-5.

 

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