Hanna Stokke continued to impress for Belgrade’s tennis team at the Mayfair Invitational over the weekend in Billings.
While the girls team lost all five of their duals, Stokke was among the bright spots at No. 1 singles. The senior posted a 3-2 record at the tournament.
“Hanna continues to perform above our expectations for her with big wins this weekend,” Panthers coach Justin Arndt said. “She’s really matured in her mental game and that’s what’s been helping her win these close matches. That strength will serve her very well through the rest of the season. No apologies for the pun.”
Stokke posted wins against Custer County’s Emily Daughty 7-6 (5), 7-5, Havre’s McKenzie Tommerup 7-5, 6-2, and Dawson County’s Natalie Comey 6-1, 6-3. Her losses were against Billings Central’s Emma Putnam and Hardin’s Jonna Lind.
Belgrade lost its duals to Billings Central (2-4), Hardin (1-5), Custer County (2-4), Havre (2-4), and Dawson County (1-5).
Alexa Dryer notched a pair of wins at No. 2 singles, beating Custer County’s Elena Lewis 6-1, 6-1 and Hardin’s Boonsita Apoartvi-Wat 6-4, 2-6, (4-1).
“Alexa Dreyer has also sprung into her new role as a singles player, and her battles have left us breathless,” said Arndt. “She has surprised many a No. 3 singles player and did the same when she moved up to No. 2 this weekend.”
On the boys’ side, Jackson Thorn and Seth Koltz posted Belgrade’s only wins at No. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, against Billings Central. The doubles teams, led by JD Hoppe and Coulter Thorn, had quite a bit of success with multiple victories.
Hoppe and Coulter Thorn went unbeaten on weekend to help the team finish 1-4 in its duals.
“Coulter Thorn and JD Hoppe was a happy accident a few weeks ago and we’ve seen these two dominate at three and four doubles on the team,” said Arndt. “They show how deep our team is becoming and they’ve been a force to push those above them to improve.”
Belgrade’s lone victory came against Billings Central, 4-3. The Panthers lost to Hardin, 1-5, Custer County, 2-4, Hardin, 1-5, and Dawson County, 1-5.
“We may have finally found our boys doubles parings after some shuffling around during this tournament,” said Arndt. “All four — Dalton (Mattson), Dawson (Brooks), Quinn (Gannon) and Austin (Hargrove) — have been playing very well and it’s great to be able to swap them around and watch what happens.”
Belgrade travels to Lewistown Friday for another two-day tournament.