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Wolves tennis competes in East Helena, Divisionals May 15 and 16

The Three Forks High School Tennis team battled cold and rainy conditions at last week’s Jefferson Invite in East Helena.

According to Head Coach Janna Lauver, the Wolves had a few key matches against host Jefferson to help their seeding at Divisionals and matches against Simms, Broadwater, Darby, and Superior.

Ali Kotter won 8-2 against Alex Baranko of Simms at number one singles and lost 4-6 against Jefferson’s number one Morgan Knickerbocker. Lauver said they would use Kotter’s 3-2 division and 7-12 season records to get her a good seed at Divisionals.

Sarah Christman fell 2-6 to Bailey Silvonen of Jefferson. Lauver said Christmas has been working hard at the number two sport for two weeks and expects her continued improvement to show at Divisionals. Christman and number three singles player Sophie Meskimen lost 3-6 to Arrate Barbarians of Jefferson.

“These were also important matches for us to have with a new face in the division,” Lauver said.

Meskimen picked up a 6-0 win over Taylor Aubrey of Superior.

At number four singles, Malia Eriksson won 6-2 over Mikayla Murolo of Jefferson and 6-1 over Darby’s Hailey Heiland.

Claire Cutler had a 6-2 win over Broadwater’s Lexi Davies and played doubles later in the day with Abby Diaz.

The Three Forks’ number one doubles team of Alicia Deriana and Ruby Warden beat the number one doubles team from Jefferson Aliza Hays and Grace Quigley, 6-3.

“They are looking for a high seed, a good shot at taking the division this year,” Lauver said.

The TFHS number two doubles team of Karin Williams and Maddie Griffith won 6-0 against Mikayla Murolos and Addie Leary and 6-4 against a team from Superior.

Lauver said the junior varsity team also had some great matches in their last meet of the season, with Diaz, Madison Evans, and Tommi Kirwan all playing singles matches. The trip also had doubles matches with Amanda Wilcox and Brooke Clayburn.

The Divisional Tournament is scheduled for May 15 and 16 in Billings.