Ranger girls beat Fergus, Bozeman


By Thomas E. Watson
Enterprise Staff Writer


The Park High tennis team played a rare Monday match against Fergus and Bozeman’s JV, with the boys playing in Bozeman and the girls’ playing in Livingston. 

The Ranger girls beat division rival Fergus 5-2, and the boys lost a close contest 3-4. Against Bozeman’s JV crew, the girls won 6-1 and the boys lost 2-5.

Rather than play two sets to six, the girls’ teams played one set per match, with the first to win eight games the winner.

The Ranger girls dominated the singles competition against both of their opponents, winning all four singles matches against Fergus and Bozeman’s JV.

No. 1 singles player Emilee Coleman won both of her matches 8-0, not losing a single game on the day. 

Park’s No. 3 singles player, Taylor Walker, won her first match against Fergus’ Tessa Gatz 8-0, but against Bozeman’s Allie Herzin, Walker had to go to a tiebreaker, which she won 8-7 (7-4).

Eliza Boyd won both of her matches as Park’s No. 2 single. Boyd won each match by a score of 8-3. Park’s Cierra Villa also won by a score of 8-3 in No. 4 singles action against Bozeman’s Candy Mijares. Villa later won her singles match against Fergus.

For Walker and Villa, it was the first time playing singles this season, and head coach Kandy Chain was happy with their performance.

“I am still moving my lineup around a bit,” she said. “It’s nice to know that my players can be successful in doubles or singles.”

Lindsay Lane and Sophie Badten won both of their matches as Park’s No. 1 doubles team. They won each match 8-3.

“First doubles Lindsay and Sophie continue to gel and improve,” said Chain. “They are becoming a dynamic duo. I love their movement and aggression at the net. They are a great team for my younger players to watch.”

Monday was the first time that Nacoya Madden and Reagan Smith had been paired as the No. 3 doubles team, and the pair played two tightly contested matches.

They lost to Fergus in a tie breaker — 8-7 (7-2) — but rebounded to beat Bozeman JV’s No. 3 doubles team in a tiebreaker, 8-7 (7-5).

The boys’ teams, meanwhile, played the normal two sets in their matches.

Karl Molina won both of his matches from the No. 2 singles position. Molina won 6-2, 6-2 against Fergus and 6-4, 6-4 against Bozeman’s Leon Vehelhoer.

“Karl had a good day winning both his matches,” said Chain. “This was his first time playing singles this year, and he seems to adapt successfully to the transition.”

David Noble beat Bozeman’s Finn Wimberly 6-3, 7-5 in No. 1 singles action. Noble narrowly lost his match against Fergus, 7-5, 7-5.

Mitch Froelich also picked up a win in singles competition, beating his Fergus opponent 6-2, 6-2. He later lost 6-3, 6-3 to Bozeman’s Jacob Brown.

In doubles action, brothers Jakim and Ladan Ricketts earned an impressive tiebreaker win against Fergus. After winning the first set 7-5 and losing the second set 3-6, they won the tiebreaker 10-4.

“Jakim and Ladan Ricketts had a good win against our Central Division rivals,” said Chain. “It went down to the third set tiebreaker. The Ricketts continue to improve and are building to be a high quality team.”

Ben Engbers and Jordan Lehrer also found themselves in a tiebreaker in doubles. They won the first set 6-2, but lost the second set 4-6. In the tiebreaker, which has to be won by two points, it went all the way to 17-15 before Engbers and Lehrer were defeated.

“Ben and Jordan had a standout match,” Chain said. “They put it all out there and fought to the last point — exactly what coaches ask of every player.”

On Friday both the boys and girls tennis teams will travel to Hardin for a tournament, followed by a trip to Fergus for a tournament on Saturday.