Glacier High Schools Rory Smith and Maria Frampton reiterated as Northern AA Divisional Masters who received boys and girls singles titles at Flathead Valley Community College on May 10.
Blacksmith, just a sophomore, blitzed the field on three team tournaments, winning all three matches he played in straight sets. His closest match came in the semifinals when he knocked down Great Falls C.M. Russell's Shane Kujala 6-1, 6-2. Smith then beat Flathead freshman Joston Cripe 6-1, 6-0 in the championship match. Smith, Cripe, Kujala and Flathead Brett Thompson landed the four best spots on the divisional and all qualified for the class AA state tournament, May 16-18 in Great Falls.
Frampton, seniors, also did not fall into the division match and rolled past CMR's Gail Parambi 6-3, 6-2 in the title game. Frampton joined third party at the state tournament last year and will be merged into this year's field of Parambi, Ally Dube (CMR) and Maggie Rudbach (Glacier).
Flathead picked a division title in the boys doubling the competition, where Nolan White and Ethan Hawkins take down the glacier's Ben Desmul and Ethan Purdy 6-2, 6-1 in the championship. Two other Wolfpack teams – Kyle Buckingham / Akhil Patel and Drew Engellant / Micah Heil – also qualified for state in third and fourth place respectively.
In the girls, the competition doubles, Glacier landed the two top spots. Hannah Nikunen and Ashlyn Sliter were first followed by Regin Koester and Katie Lessmeier. A pair of Flathead teams – Sierra Dilworth / Marcella Mercer and Emma Hawkins / Kendall Pyron – were third and fourth to finish in qualifying position.
The Glacier boys cut out Flathead 46-40 to win the team competition. Wolfpack (51 points) is comfortably completed in front of the CMR (27) in the girls' team.