Story and photos by Doug Hare EBS Staff
BIG SKY – Four Lone Peak High School varsity girls’ tennis players traveled to Missoula to compete in the Class B-C state tournament May 19-21.
Senior Luisa Locker entered the tournament after winning the singles divisional championship in Big Sky, for the third consecutive year. The standout Big Sky player lost a tough match 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinal and was unable to repeat as state champion.
Sophomore Ashley Lundstrom cruised into the singles semifinals with a dominating 6-1, 6-0 victory, and then dropped to the consolation match after a roller coaster, 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 loss. During her first year on the team, Lundstrom finished second in divisionals and brought home third place in states.
In the doubles bracket, junior KP Hoffman and sophomore Solae Swenson earned their ticket to play in Missoula after claiming third place in divisionals.“These two were put together as a doubles team just [in] the past few months and continued to get better every time they played together,” said coach Carla Gorman. “They really performed excellently at the states! KP is team MVP. She worked tirelessly to improve her doubles and it truly paid off.”
Overall, Lone Peak High School finished fourth place in the state, capping off a successful third season as a program.
Ellen Widell of Baker High School took home the singles championship, and Conrad High School’s Dania Jones and Dalayne Van Dyke won the doubles title. Broadwater High School took home the overall team championship.