The one factor Gracie Smyley needs to keep away from is complacency.
Whitefish’s high singles participant marched into the semifinal spherical of the Class A state tennis event with two clear victories Thursday at Pioneer Park. And although she’s on observe to retain the championship she gained as a sophomore in 2019 — keep in mind: there was no tourney final 12 months — Smyley is taking nothing as a right.
“It feels fairly good, however I undoubtedly don’t need to assume something,” mentioned Smyley, who’s again to successful at state after COVID-19 compelled the cancellation of the 2020 marketing campaign. “I’m glad I gained my two matches at the moment. It’s trying good thus far, however you by no means know. That’s tennis. I’m simply actually glad to be right here.”
Smyley topped Lewistown’s Kayla Arndt 6-0, 6-0 in her first-round match, then dispatched Hardin’s Katana Reisig 6-1, 6-1 for a clean transition into the semis on Friday.
Smyley, who plans to attend Whitworth School in Spokane, Washington, subsequent 12 months to play each tennis and basketball, mentioned she tried mixing pictures greater than typical on Thursday, combining baseline lobs with a penchant for going to the online.
However, she mentioned, there’s room for enchancment Friday on what would be the ultimate day of tennis of her highschool profession.
“I performed fairly properly,” Smyley mentioned. “I used to be simply making an attempt to really feel issues out at the moment with each matches. It labored out.”
“I’m undoubtedly going to should get extra first serves in” on Friday, she mentioned. “I’ve acquired to maneuver my toes higher and anticipate something, be prepared for any participant and have enjoyable.”
Smyley will face Maddie Weber of Stevensville, who outlasted Miles Metropolis’s Emily Daughty 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 within the second spherical. The opposite semifinal match will pit Hamilton’s Eliana Foss towards Columbia Falls’ Hannah Schweikert.
In boys singles, Miles Metropolis’s Dalton Polesky is ready for a semifinal match Friday towards Jayce Cripe of Whitefish. It’s a rematch of a first-round assembly from 2019, which Polesky gained in straight units.
Polesky superior Thursday with wins over Libby’s Michael Hollingsworth (6-1, 6-0) and Dillon’s Marcus Sandall (6-0, 6-1) at Rose Park. He’s making an attempt so as to add to a household legacy: Polesky’s father, Keith, was a Class A singles champion at Glendive within the mid-Eighties.
“Clearly the matches simply get more durable from right here,” Polesky mentioned. “(Cripe) is a extremely good participant. I watched him a bit bit at the moment. He’s a extremely good participant. I anticipate a superb match. Must be a superb one, a enjoyable one.”
Havre’s Josh Currie and Columbia Falls’ Niels Getts will meet within the different boys singles semifinal match.