Wednesday, March 21, 2018

David Evans, playing doubles with Austin Rides Horse, went 2-1 Friday and Saturday in Lewistown. Both the boys and girls team will travel to Billings Thursday for the Eastern A Tennis Tournament.
Austin Rides Horse goes for the ball in competition at the Lewistown Tennis Invite last weekend. The Bulldog boys went 5-1 as a team for the tournament.

Bulldog girls undefeated

Girls 6-0, boys 5-1 at Lewistown Invitational
It was the best weekend of the year.” – Mike Flamm, Head Coach

It was a solid weekend for the Bulldogs at the Lewistown Tennis Invite. The girls team went undefeated and the boys only lost one match. At the end of two days of play, the girls were 6-0 and the boys 5-1.

“It was a really good weekend for us,” Head Coach Mike Flamm said. “It was the best weekend of the year.”

For the girls, it was strong win after strong win.

Against Belgrade, it was a clean sweep. Hardin not only won every match, they won every set played.

In singles, Imani Kindness won 6-0, 6-1, Brittney Schaff 6-4, 6-1 and Maddie Flamm went 6-0, 6-0. Doubles play went the same with the duos of CiCi Three Irons- Lisa Cai winning 6-0, 6-2, Jaysun Albert-Savannah Green scoring 6-0, 6-0 and Darrelyn Lefthand-Madison Chavez taking a 6-1, 6-0 victory.

Hardin took a 7-0 victory over Anaconda and, again, never lost a set. 

Against Dillon, the ladies won 6-1 and against Lewistown and Havre, Hardin won both games 5-2. 

In the Dillon game, Hardin’s Schaff, Chavez and Kindness all took wins in singles as did the duos of Albert-Green, Three Irons-Cai and Lefthand-Flamm in doubles. Two of those matches went to a third set.

In play with Lewistown, it was another clean sweep in singles with Three Irons, Schaff, Cai and Kindness all getting it done in two sets. In doubles, however, only Hardin’s No. 1 duo of Albert and Green won.

The duos of Albert-Green, Lefthand –Flamm and Three Iron-Cai all took doubles’ wins over Havre with Walck and Guan Yin Steven victorious in singles.

In singles play against Livingston, the Lady Bulldogs took three out of the four matches with Albert, Three Irons and Cai all winning. In doubles, the duos of Kindness-Schaff won the one set match and Walck-Naumie Dushane won by forfeit.

“I have a lot of confidence in our girls,” Flamm said.

While the boys’ wins were closer, winning four out of the six games 4-3, the Bulldogs won the close matches they were losing at the beginning of the season.

“Our boys are better than they are given credit for,” said Flamm. “These kids can play.”

In Hardin’s matchup with Belgrade, the Bulldogs won it 4-3 with Slade Brien and Jayden Covers Up both taking it in two sets. The duos of Darnell Lefthand-Michael Neeser and Sean Neeser-Jordell Yarlott were victorious in doubles play.

Flamm pointed out the duo of Neeser-Yarlott.

“They went 4-0 on the first day,” he said.

Against Anaconda, it was another 4-3 victory. Codi Small, Hardin’s No. 4 singles player was the only one to get a singles victory.

It was a clean sweep in doubles play for the Bulldogs with Lefthand-M. Neeser, S.Neeser-Yarlott and Evans-Rides Horse all winning.  Evans-Rides Horse pulled out a close three set victory 6-3, 3-6, (10-8).

In their matchup with Dillon, it was a single-double split with Hardin winning 4-3 again. Covers Up and Brien won in singles and M. Neeser-Lefthand and S.Neeser-Yarlott were victorious in doubles action.

With another 4-3 win, Hardin took Lewistown. Covers Up, Brien and Jeremiah Jabs won in singles; two of those matches went to the third set. S. Neeser-Yarlott took a doubles win in two sets.

Hardin’s only loss of the weekend was to Havre. The Blue Ponies took all seven matches.

Against Livingston it was a clean sweep for the boys, this time, with Hardin taking a 7-0 victory; Brien, Covers Up and Jabs winning in one set and the duos of M. Neeser-Lefthand getting the job done in doubles. Three of the seven matches were forfeited to the Bulldogs.

On Thursday, Hardin will be in Billings for the Eastern A Divisional Tournament.

“Every match this year has pushed us to be better every week,” said Flamm.  “We have to go into divisionals with an underdog attitude.”