Two CMR singles players are competing: Mackenzie George and Roy Munns. George just won the Northern AA girls divisional title, and it's her second time competing at state. Last year she won a state title in doubles, but it's her first time competing at state in singles. Teammate Roy Munns placed third at the divisional tourney, and it's his first time competing at state. Both are just hoping to play well enough to win for the Rustlers.
"I would really like to compete and does a well as I can in this bracket," said George. "Especially coming off of last year, I don't want to lose out right away. And so I'll be working my hardest and try to win a couple of matches at State this year."
"Definitely would be great," said Munns. "I'd be so proud and make my Dad proud because he played tennis when he was high school here at CMR. It would just be amazing."
The Great Falls High boys and girls tennis teams made the final preparations for the tournament Wednesday. The Bison will have seven boys, and three girls in the bracket, a strong showing for a team losing 13 players to graduation after the season. The Bison's top doubles pair, Tom Johnson and Taylor Lunn, who came in first at divisionals, hope to learn from last years loss at state, while their head coach, Janice Dodds, thinks the boys have a legitimate shot to bring home their first team title since 2002. But she admitted she's keeping her eyes on Bozeman
"You just have to watch them and you go aw," said Dodds. "And they deep. They're really deep. I mean one of their better players is a freshman."
"Momentum shifts are big part of the game we were down a couple of times in the state tournament last year and just those few points in those few games can change the whole match around," said Johnson.