Glacier boys, girls division champs

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  • Glacier's Rory Smith hits a backhand return against Flathead's Joston Cripe in the championship match at Northern AA Divisionals at Flathead Valley Community College on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Glacier's Hannah Nikunen hits a return in a doubles match with teammate Ashlyn Sliter against Flathead's Emma Hawkins and Kendall Pyron at the Northern AA Divisional at Flathead Valley Community College on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Flathead's Joston Cripe hits a return against Glacier's Rory Smith in the championship match of the Northern AA Divisionals at Flathead Valley Community College on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Glacier's Maria Frampton hits a backhand return against C.M. Russell's Gail Parambi in the championship match at Northern AA Divisionals at Flathead Valley Community College on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Flathead's Emma Hawkins hits a return in a doubles match with teammate Kendall Pyron against Glacier's Hannah Nikunen and Ashlyn Sliter during the Northern AA Divisional at Flathead Valley Community College on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Flathead's Kendall Pyron hits a return in a doubles match with teammate Emma Hawkins against Glacier's Hannah Nikunen and Ashlyn Sliter during the Northern AA Divisional at Flathead Valley Community College on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • Glacier's Rory Smith hits a backhand return against Flathead's Joston Cripe in the championship match at Northern AA Divisionals at Flathead Valley Community College on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Glacier's Hannah Nikunen hits a return in a doubles match with teammate Ashlyn Sliter against Flathead's Emma Hawkins and Kendall Pyron at the Northern AA Divisional at Flathead Valley Community College on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Flathead's Joston Cripe hits a return against Glacier's Rory Smith in the championship match of the Northern AA Divisionals at Flathead Valley Community College on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Glacier's Maria Frampton hits a backhand return against C.M. Russell's Gail Parambi in the championship match at Northern AA Divisionals at Flathead Valley Community College on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Flathead's Emma Hawkins hits a return in a doubles match with teammate Kendall Pyron against Glacier's Hannah Nikunen and Ashlyn Sliter during the Northern AA Divisional at Flathead Valley Community College on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Flathead's Kendall Pyron hits a return in a doubles match with teammate Emma Hawkins against Glacier's Hannah Nikunen and Ashlyn Sliter during the Northern AA Divisional at Flathead Valley Community College on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

The Daily Inter Lake

The divisional titles continue to pile up for Glacier’s tennis programs.

The boys captured their ninth straight and the girls their seventh overall on Friday on the final day of the Northern AA Divisional at Flathead Valley Community College.

“We had a really good tournament,” Glacier coach Josh Munro said.

“The kids played their best tennis. That’s what you want at this time of the year.”

The Glacier boys finished with a two-day score of 46. Flathead, 40, was second and Great Falls C.M. Russell, 19, third.

The Glacier girls had a much easier time, amassing a 51 point total. CMR, 27, was second and Flathead, 25, third.

The last time Glacier swept divisional titles was 2017 in Great Falls.

With the top four singles and doubles teams advancing from divisionals to state, Glacier will be sending three in singles — divisional champions Rory Smith and Maria Frampton and fourth-place finisher Maggie Rudbach. Wolfpack doubles teams advancing are: (girls) Hannah Nikunen/Ashlyn Sliter — first; and Regin Koester/Katie Lessmeier — second; (boys) Ben Desmul/Ethan Purdy — second; Kyle Buckingham/Akhil Patel — third; and Drew Engellant/Micah Heil — fourth.

“Really impressed with play of boys doubles for sure,” Munro said.

“Our No. 4 boys doubles picked up a lot of important points.”

Glacier’s divisional singles champions were dominant. Smith won 6-1, 6-0; 6-1, 6-2; 6-1, 6-0; and Frampton’s scores were 6-1, 6-0; 6-2, 6-1; and 6-3, 6-2.

Flathead, which had no state qualifiers in 2017 and one last year, continues to build on that. It qualified two in singles — runner-up Joston Cripe and fourth-place finisher Brett Thompson — and three doubles teams — division champs Nolan White/Ethan Hawkins along with Emma Hawkins/Kendall Pyron and Sierra Dilworth/Marcella Mercer, who played for third and fourth.

Hawkins finished fourth last year in singles at the divisional.

The Flathead girls doubles team of Tess Huckaba/Olivia Mohatt, which was seeded second, had to default a first-round match because of International Baccalaureate testing at FHS during divisional play on Thursday. A second-round match for Dilworth/Mercer also ended in default because of that testing. Flathead had to default three matches total, two of those to Glacier and one to CMR.

“It was a very unfortunate situation,” Munro said.

“The Montana High School Association is very specific in their postseason guidelines. It’s unfortunate that tennis is impacted heavily. It’s unfortunate how much it affects IB schools like Flathead, Missoula Big Sky and Missoula Hellgate.”

Class AA state tournament action begins Thursday in Great Falls.

Frampton finished third at state a year ago.

Northern AA Divisional

At Flathead Valley Community College

Friday’s Results

Boys

Team Totals

Glacier 46, Flathead 40, Great Falls C.M. Russell 19

Singles

Semifinals

Rory Smith, Gla, def. Shane Kujala, CMR, 6-1, 6-2; Joston Cripe, Fla, def. Brett Thompson, Fla, 6-4, 6-4

Championship

Smith def. Cripe, 6-1, 6-0

Consolation

Quarterfinals

Ryan Thomsen, Fla, def. Gabe Felton, Fla, 6-1, 6-3; Michael Mickolio, CMR, def. Chris Skelton, Gla,6-0, 6-3

Semifinals

Thompson def. Tomsen, Fla, 6-4, 6-3; Kujala, def. Mickolio, 6-0, 6-3

Third/Fourth

Kujala def Thompson, scores not available

Doubles

Semifinals

Ben Desmul/Ethan Purdy, Gla, def. Zach Stimac/Tristan Krum, CMR, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2; Nolan White/Ethan Hawkins, Fla, def. Kyle Buckingham/Akhil Patel, Gla,7-6, 6-3

Championship

White/Hawkins def. Desmul/Purdy, 6-2, 6-1

Consolation

Quarterfinals

Kyler Turner/Logan Samples, Gla, def. Carter Corn/Carter Phillips, CMR, 6-4, 6-0; Drew Engellant/Micah Heil, Gla, def. David Marburger/Brian Wells, 6-3, 7-5

Semifinals

Buckingham/Patel def. Turner/Samples, 6-0, 6-2; Engellant/Heil def. Stimac/Krum, 6-2, 6-2.

Third/Fourth

Buckingham/Patel def. Engellant/Heil, scores not available

Girls

Team Totals

Glacier 51, Great Falls C.M. Russell 27, Flathead 25

Singles

Semifinals

Maria Frampton, Gla, def. Ally Dube, CMR, 6-2, 6-1; Gail Parambi, CMR, def. Maggie Rudbach, 6-0, 6-0

Championship

Frampton def. Parambi, 6-3, 6-2

Consolation

Quarterfinals

Mason Moore, Fla, def. Shelly Thompson, CMR, 6-3, 6-1; Nina Friedman, Gla, def. Avery Cherot, Fla, 6-3, 6-4.

Semifinals

Rudbach def. Moore, 6-1, 6-0; Dube def. Friedman, 6-2, 6-0

Third/Fourth

Dube def. Rudbach, no scores available

Doubles

Semifinals

Hannah Nikunen/Ashlyn Sliter, Gla, def. Kendall Pyron/Emma Hawkins, Fla, Regin Koester/Katie Lessmeier, Gla, def. Sierra Dilworth/Marcella Moore, Fla, no scores listed

Championship

Nikunen/Sliter def. Koester/Lessmeier, 7-5, 6-4

Consolation

Quarterfinals

Kennedy Crook/Hannah Bingham, CMR, def. Liv Wilson/Kirsti Ericksen, Gla, 6-2, 6-7, 6-1; Allison Will/Madison Hill, CMR, def. Tess Huckaba/Olivia Mohatt, Fla, by default

Semifinals

Dilworth/Mercer def. Crook/Bingham, 6-2, 6-7, 6-1; Pyron/Hawkins def. Will/Hill, no scores listed

Third/Fourth

Dilworth/Mercer vs. Pyron/Hawkins, no scores listed

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