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Dillon takes down both Butte Central tennis squads

The Dillon girls tennis team beat Butte Central 4-3 while the Beavers boys squad took down the Maroons 7-0 on Thursday afternoon.

The Beaver girls were able to sweep through the individual matchups with Ashlyn Sandall topping Butte Central's Tricia Joyce (6-7, 7-6, 10-4), Quinn Belderrain over Sophia Burton (6-2, 6-1), Chiara Masta over Marissa Anderson (6-1, 6-3) and Nicole Fluckiger over Mati McGree (6-3, 6-2).

The Maroons, however, won all three doubles matches but couldn't get the last win they needed to take the contest.

On the boys side, Dillon's Brad Rakich, Matthew Knight, Sam Jones and Chandler Steadman were all able to win convincingly. The Maroons also found themselves swept in the doubles matches.

"It was a little rough for us today," Butte Central head coach Becky Hancock said. "Aside from the girls double side dominating, we struggled. I think it was a big eye opener for some of them to realize the work you need to put in to play at the competitive level.

"In tennis there is only one level and that is varsity. So for our younger players just learning the game, they jump into some pretty big shoes to fill. We are doing some good things out there though, given the amount of time we have had outside."



Singles: Brad Rakich, DIL, def. David Granell, BC, 6-0, 6-0; Matthew Knight, DIL, def. Guido Ossello, BC, 6-4, 6-4; Sam Jones, DIL, def. Bryson Sestrich, BC, 6-1, 6-0; Chandler Steadman, DIL, def. Luke Heaphy, BC, 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles: Mark Southam/Nathaniel Leonardson, DIL, def. Guido Ossello/Aidan Petritz, 6-1, 7-5; Turner Sawyer/Jovany Guillen, DIL, def. Max Drew/John Fisher, BC, 6-0, 6-1; Jett Mosher/Kole Lappe, DIL, def. Drew Badovimac/Gage Guldseth, 6-1, 6-0.



Singles: Ashlyn Sandall, DIL, def. Tricia Joyce, BC, 6-7, 7-6, 10-4; Quinn Belderrain, DIL, def. Sophia Burton, BC, 6-2, 6-1; Chiara Masta, DIL, def. Marissa Anderson, BC, 6-1, 6-3; Nicole Fluckiger, DIL, def. Mati McGree, BC, 6-3, 6-2.

Doubles: Shea Davis/Prestynn Weldon, BC, def. Bella Glossa/Ruby Pierce, DIL, 6-4, 6-1; Tess Riordan/Sophie Sullivan, BC, def. Emma Mitchell/Alana Rose, DIL, 6-0, 6-0; Delaney Hasquet/Avery Kelly, BC. def. Laura Leonardson/Riley Hall, 6-3, 6-0.

Former Montana standout wins NAC athlete of the year

BILLINGS — Former Billings Skyview standout RayQuan Evans was named the Northwest Athletic Conference male basketball athlete of the year on Tuesday.

Evans, a sophomore at North Idaho College, averaged 18.2 points per game and was second in the league with 79 steals and 162 assists. He also averaged 7.4 rebounds per game, and was named the East Region MVP in helping the Cardinals (31-2) to a region title and their second straight NWAC championship.

According to the league press release, Evans is considering several options for next season, including offers from Florida State, Gonzaga and Washington State.

Yellowjackets softball readying for home opener

BILLINGS — A three-game losing streak has dropped the Montana State Billings softball team to last place in the GNAC, but the Yellowjackets hope a return home can put a spark into their season.

The Yellowjackets (10-24, 3-13) play at Avitus Group Stadium for the first time this season when they play host to Central Washington for a pair of doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday.

Games begin at noon on Saturday and 12:05 p.m. on Sunday.

A home series against Western Oregon in March had to be rescheduled due to poor weather, meaning the Jackets played their first 34 games away from home.

"It is very exciting to finally be at home this weekend," MSUB coach Jessica Rayman said in a school press release. "I think it is a huge advantage to be able to sleep in our beds the night before we play and get to play in front of our home fans."

League-leading Central Washington (22-12, 13-3) is 5-0 on the road this season. The Wildcats rank second in the conference in team batting with a .333 average and are fourth in team pitching (4.10 ERA).

Dave Joerger out as Sacramento Kings head coach

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings fired coach Dave Joerger on Thursday after three losing seasons.

Joerger had a 98-148 record since joining the Kings, but also helped the team reach its best record in 13 seasons this year with 39 wins. But it wasn't enough to earn him a fourth season in hopes of ending the NBA's longest active playoff drought. Sacramento last made the playoffs in 2006 in coach Rick Adelman's final season.

Divac made the move official just hours after he was given an extension through the 2022-23 season by owner Vivek Ranadivé. Divac took over as GM before the 2015-16 season and helped bring in some of the key pieces that have led to the improvement this year, including guards Buddy Hield and De'Aaron Fox and big men Marvin Bagley III, Willie Cauley-Stein and Harry Giles.

Divac also made a trade this season to acquire forward Harrison Barnes from Dallas in hopes of making a playoff push but the team faltered down the stretch, going 9-16 after the All-Star break.

Joerger was the ninth coach since Adelman was fired in 2006 with none able to post a winning record or a playoff berth. In fact, since moving to Sacramento before the 1985-86 season, the only winning seasons for the Kings came in Adelman's eight seasons at the helm highlighted by a trip to the Western Conference final in 2002.

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