GRANGEVILLE The GHS tennis squad hosted Orofino and Culdesac Tuesday night, and met little resistance in the course of winning 15 of 17 matches. Boys singles sophomore standout Colby Kennedy drew praise from coach Kerry McCulley for winning three matches on the evening.
“All of our players continue to improve and use the skills that we work on in practice every night as we eye the upcoming district match in one month,” McCulley said. “Our first-year players are building a strong and dedicated foundation to replace our eight seniors.”
In girls singles, senior Rachel Kelley and senior Sophia Bush both won matchups against Orofino girls, as did sophomore Chloe Dame. In girls doubles, sophomore Jolie Tosten and junior Kate Lutz took their match 8-1, while junior Marie Hauger teamed with Brenda Gomez for one doubles victory and with sophomore Thuan Le for another. Also in girls doubles, freshmen Maykayla Roberts and Grace VanGunten posted an 8-4 win over an Orofino duo.
In mixed doubles, Grangeville won three matches, with seniors Kourtney Sims and Jon Asker beating one Culdesac tandem and with sophomore Holland Forsmann and senior TJ Wiltse beating another. Seniors Maicee Conner and McKenzie Kennedy beat an Orofino set 8-4.
In boys doubles, junior Ryan Ruklic and sophomore Michael Told posted an 8-0 win over Culdesac. Sophomore Adrian Ramirez and junior Jordan Reuter beat a Culdesac team 8-1.
In other boys singles action, senior Noah VanDomelan beat a Culdesac player 8-2.
Grangeville senior girls start strong in league play
LEWISTON – Last Saturday, Grangeville’s Rachel Kelley won her girls singles match against CDA Charter’s Olivia Chang 8-0 in the first preview of this year’s district tournament. Because of bad weather, the event was moved indoors to the LCSC tennis center.
Chang beat CV’s Lydia Williams 8-0 in girls singles. CDA Charter's Marie Michalson beat Grangeville's Sophia Bush 9-8 and Clearwater Valley's Mikaela Herrick 8-0.
In boys singles, Chater's Andrew Challinor beat CV's Garret Jackson 8-3 and Grangeville's Noah VanDomelan 8-1. Charter's Dom Zepeda beat CV's Mitchell Nuxoll 8-4 and Grangeville's Colby Kennedy 8-2.
In girls doubles, Grangeville’s senior duo of McKenzie Kennedy and Maicee Conner beat Lilly Simko and Ellie Lambert of Clark Fork 8-0, as did Clearwater Valley’s Sydney Andrews and Myranda Barley. Kennedy and Conner beat CDA Charter’s Bartlett/Ruebke duo 8-6, and Grangeville’s Marie Hauger/Thuan Le pairing overpowered Charter’s Call/Johnson pairing 8-5.
In boys doubles, CV’s Aaron Lahman and Jarret Nuxoll beat Charter’s Griffin/Hansen team 8-2, and Griffin/Hansen beat Grangeville’s Ryan Ruklic and Michael Told, 8-4. Charter’s Fleming/Kimball duo beat CV’s Kamm Mangun and Trayse Mangun 8-4, and Fleming/Kimball beat CV’s Dawson Gorges and Parker Wilson 8-4.
Next, GHS is due to host Clearwater Valley at 4 p.m. April 13 in Grangeville, weather permitting.