Down players and having to forfeit it No. 1 and No. 2 spots, the Butte Central boys tennis team fell to Havre and Lewistown in Great Falls on Tuesday afternoon.
The girls were able to top Lewistown 5-2, but lost 4-3 to Havre. The boys squads fell 4-3 to the Blue Ponies and 6-1 to the Golden Eagles.
"Overall we had some competitive play against some tough squads," Butte Central head coach Becky Handcock said. "A lot of the kids were going into a third set tiebreaker, some of those we came out on top and others just falling short.
"Our play still needs to become more consistent, but we are getting there."
In boys singles, Luke Heaphy topped Havre's Troy Powell, but lost to Lewistown's Logan Errecart. Bryson Sestrich swept his matches for Butte Central, winning 6-3, 6-2 over Havre's Randy Tommerup and 3-6, 6-4, 10-7 over Lewistown's Michael DeGuzman.
Sestrich's win over DeGuzman was the Maroons lone in the matchup with the Golden Eagles.
In girls singles, Tricia Joyce notched a 6-2, 6-3 win over Havre's McKenzie Tommerup and Lewistown's Tessa Gatz. Sage Wall was the only other Maroon to notch a singles win, downing the Golden Eagles Ellie Kuhlman 4-6, 6-3, 10-4.
In doubles, the duo of Tess Riordan and Marissa Anderson swept their matches over Tamera O'Leary/Sylvia Wilting (Havre) and Ellie Kukhlmann/Natalie Day to grab two points for the maroons.
The duos of Delaney Hasquet/Avery Kelly and Shea Davis/Prestynn Weldon also split their two matches for the Maroons.
Up next for Central will be the Bitterroot Invite, taking place in Hamilton and Corvallis on Saturday. Play begins at 9 a.m.
HAVRE 4, BUTTE CENTRAL 3
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Singles: Luke Heaphy, BC, def. Troy Powell 6-4, 4-6, 10-3; Bryson Sestrich, BC, def. Randy Tommerup 6-3, 6-2.
Doubles: Jake Huston/Reese Bukley, Havre, def. Guido Ossello/Aidan Petritz 4-6, 6-4, 11-9; Mick Chaqnon/Trenton Maoughney, Havre, def. Max Drew/John Fisher 6-4, 6-2.
LEWISTOWN 6, BUTTE CENTRAL 1
Singles: Logan Errecart, Lewistown, def. Luke Heaphy 6-3, 6-2; Bryson Sestrich, BC, def. Michael DeGuzman 3-6, 6-4, 10-7.
Doubles: Nate Kinzerski/Logan McQuinn, Lewistown, def. Guido Ossello/Aidan Petritz 7-5, 5-7, 11-9; Dylan Gatz/Jake Henderson, Lewistown, def. Max Drew/John Fisher 6-4, 7-6; Gabe Arndt/Clayton Elmore, Lewistown, def. Drew Badovinac/Gage Guldseth 6-3, 6-4.
HAVRE 4, BUTTE CENTRAL 3
Singles: Tricia Joyce, BC, def. McKenzie Tommerup 6-2, 6-3; Kassidy Compton, Havre, def. Sophia Burton 2-6, 7-5, 10-6; Kadyn Acor, Havre, def. Mati McGree 6-2, 5-7, 10-5; Cassidy Acor, Havre, def. Sage Wall 6-2, 6-2.
Doubles: Shea Davis/Prestynn Weldon, BC, def. Teagan Fee/Tiffany Ralph 6-4, 6-2; Marcee Murphy/Devyn Solomon, Havre, def. Delaney Hasquet/Avery Kelly 6-3, 6-4; Tess Riordan/Marissa Anderson, BC, def. Tamera O'Leary/Sylvia Wilting 7-5, 6-2; Brynn Nault/Sydney Marchion, Havre, def. Sydnie Byrnes/Payton Hartwick, 6-4, 6-4.
BUTTE CENTRAL 5, LEWISTOWN 2
Singles: Tricia Joyce, BC, def. Tessa Gatz 6-2, 6-3; Dalice Church, Lewistown, def. Sophia Burton 2-6, 4-6, 10-7; Natalie Day, Lewistown, def. Mati McGree 6-4, 4-6, 10-8; Sage Wall, BC, def. Ellie Kuhlman, 4-6, 6-3, 10-4.
Doubles: Delaney Hasquet/Avery Kelly, BC, def. Jane Southworth/Izzy Mecklenburn 6-3, 6-4, 10-6; Tess Riordan/Marissa Anderson, BC, def. Ellie Kukhlmann/Natalie Day 6-7, 6-2, 10-3; Taylor Haygen/Dalice Church, Lewistown, def. Sydnie Byrnes/Payton Hartwick 6-2, 6-4.