By Rob Everingham
MILES CITY Another season in the bag.
Area tennis teams finished up their seasons at the Class B-C State tennis meet last week in Miles City. Superior edged out Conrad on the girls side for the team title.
The Chester doubles team of Nicole Anderson and Devan Lalum finished in fourth place. After beating Gwen Almy and Angie Miller of Baker 10-2 to move into a the consolation semi-finals, the pair fell to Tia Jensen and Jessica Gollehon of Conrad.
Chester coach Bruce Cook said Anderson and Lalum are awesome and a class act. Cook said the team was barely edged out for third.
I cant say enough how much I appreciate their attitude and hard work, Cook said.
Out of six tennis players that Chester took to state, all were still in on the second day. Cook said the players had some tough match-ups early on. Sunni Spicher played great tennis, Cook said, and played tough.
The second doubles team of Lisa Wickum and Kali Wicks met some tough teams early and the breaks did not go their way, he said. Even though they didnt make past the second day, Cook said he doesnt fell bad about their performances.
April Stubbs, who was favored to do better than she did, had a slow start and go behind 5-0 and could not come back. Cook said he and Stubbs were a little disappointed with the final result.
The Coyotes lose three seniors in Stubbs, Anderson and Spicher.
Cook said next year they should be strong again. Those that are coming back have great work ethic and leadership qualities, he said.
Also at the tournament was Chinooks Janie Kelley. Kelley won her first match over Dnenikka Smith of Troy, 6-4, 6-2. Kelly then lost to the No. 2 player from Valley Christian, Abby Price, 1-6, 1-6. In her final match, Kelley lost to No. 2 Wendy Boltz from Troy 8-10.
Chinook coach Brent Schellin said he was very proud of the way she played, and she and Bonnie Hall will be missed next year. But with the loss of just two seniors, the Sugarbeeters should be even stronger next year. Schellin added that he was very pleased with how Kelley played at divisionals, and she represented herself well at state.