Boys split at Cut Bank

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The Whitefish boys tennis team got a chance at some teams from the East over the weekend, splitting four matches at the Cut Bank Invitational.

The Bulldogs swept both Cut Bank and Troy 7-0, but fell to Havre and Fergus at the tournament.

“I think overall we got a lot of time on the court and made some gains,” head coach Chris Schwaderer said. “I feel better about the team overall even through we didn’t necessarily win it all.”

Schwaderer pointed to the play of his No. 1 doubles as an area where he’s seeing rapid improvement. That doubles team has been anchored by sophomore Brendan Buls while upperclassmen like Thomas Carloss or Eric Holdhusen rotate around.

Finding the right pairings with the most chemistry is the priority at this point in the season, Schwaderer said.

“I think just in general, I’m starting to play around with different configurations and finding different chemistry that works,” he said. “I think that those teams are going to sort themselves out.”

“More than anything, when we get the kids together and work on that chemistry we’re working on getting them to communicate and move and get a sense of what the other one is doing,” he added.

Whitefish has a full week of practice ahead of them before traveling to Libby on Saturday. A makeup match against Libby will be scheduled after Thursday’s match was canceled by weather.

Fergus vs. Whitefish - Boys

Singles – Boys

1. Danyon Rice (F) vs. Eric Holdhusen (WF) 8-1 WF

2 . Jayce Philipps (F) vs. Ethan Potthoff (WF) 8-1 WF

3. Tanner Mannin (F) vs. Zach Brandt (WF) 8-5 F

4. Westten Church (F) vs. Noah Fauth (WF) 8-4 F

Doubles – Boys

1. Jacob Miller / Ben Kolar (F)

Vs. Brendan Buls / Eric Holdhusen (WF) 8-4 F

2. Dylan Gatz / Thad Nave (F)

Vs. Travis Catina / Mark Anderson (WF) 8-3 WF

3. Greg Fulbright / Cooper Bruchez (F)

Vs. Jamie Schwartz / Colter Upton (WF) 8-3 WF

Whitefish vs. Troy - Boys

Singles – Boys

1. Eric Holdhusen (W) vs. AJ Faur (T) 8-5 WF

2. Ethan Potthoff (W) vs. Cody Osterberg(T) 8-3 WF

3. Mark Anderson (W) vs. Alex Freund (T) 8-2 WF

4. Travis Catina (W) vs. Liam Hennsley (T) 8-7(5) WF

Doubles – Boys

Brendan Buls / Ethan Potthoff (W)

Vs. Noah Caballero /Dylan Cummins (T) 8-1 WF

2. Forrest Kobelt / Mark Anderson (W)

Vs. Jaymin Stever / Cy Winslow (T) 8-5 WF

3. Travis Catina / Colter Upton (W)

vs. Alex Freund / Liam Hennsley (T) 8-1 WF

Cut Bank vs. Whitefish - Boys

Singles – Boys

1. Dawson Matt CB) vs. Eric Holdhusen(W) 8-4 WF

2. Colby Kraft (CB) vs. Zach Brandt (W) 8-4 WF

3. Gus Meiwald (CB) vs. Noah Fauth (W) 8-5 WF

4. Colten Barsness (CB) vs. Mark Anderson (W) 8-1 WF

Doubles – Boys

1.Colby Kraft / Dawson Matt (CB)

Vs. Brendan Bols / Ethan Potthoff (W) 8-4 WF

2.Colby Kraft / Dawson Matt (CB)

Vs. Forrest Kobelt / Travis Catina (W) 8-4 WF

3.Gus Meiwald / Colten Barsness (CB)

Vs. Jamie Schwartz / Colter Upton (W) WF

Whitefish vs. Havre - Boys

Singles – Boys

1. Eric Holdhusen (WF) vs. Dustin Haas (Hv) 8-2 Hv

2. Ethan Potthoff WF) vs. Trey Hanson (Hv) 8-2 Hv

3. Zach Brandt(WF) vs. Vander Swensen (Hv) 8-7(5) WF

4. Noah Fauth (WF) vs. Tyrel Kiersm Hv) 8-5 H

Doubles – Boys

1. Brendan Buls / Ethan Potthoff (WF)

Vs. Jake Sedahl / Nate Korb (Hv) 8-4 WF

2. Travis Catina / Mark Anderson (WF)

Vs. Trey Murphy / Kennedy McKay Hv) 8-0 Hv

3. Kyiah Ingraham / Colter Upton WF)

Vs. Tommy Brown / Brady Ophus (Hv) 8-3 Hv

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