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Sports Columnist — Missoulian
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Sunday sports columnist for the Missoulian newspaper

Third time's the charm for Central's Barclay Fagg — MISSOULA -- It was almost as if someone flipped a switch for Billings Central tennis standout Barclay Fagg on Friday afternoon. With Corvallis senior Laramie McHugh seemingly headed for a state title in the girls' Class A singles final, Fagg pulled off the improbable.

State B-C tennis preview: Weather-tested Rams ready for state — Jess Munro counts the wind among his many blessings as first-year coach of the Loyola Sacred Heart tennis teams. What's that again? Actually there's a good explanation. When Munro's boys and girls take to the court for the three-day State B-C meet starting Thursday, they're likely to face blustery conditions in Great Falls.

State AA tennis preview: Missoula netters have high hopes — Rarely does a Montana State AA tennis tournament carry so much potential for Missoula's representatives. Sure, the Garden City has had its share of large-school champions over the years, particularly in boys' singles. But it's hard to remember an instance when Missoula had a bona fide chance to come away with gold in all four divisions -- boys' and girls' singles and doubles.

Adult rugby: Maggotfest kicks off with enticing duel — Though they're from England, they're not exactly what you'd call the tea-and-crumpet crowd. To commemorate the kickoff of the 39th annual Maggotfest, the state champion Maggots of Missoula will play host to a formidable team from Southwell, England, on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. at Fort Missoula.

Entzel to wrestle for Iowa State — Missoula Big Sky's Luke Entzel has made a verbal commitment to wrestle for Iowa State University next season. The senior made his decision earlier this week. The Cyclones are a perennial power in wrestling and finished the 2014-15 season ranked No. 8 in the country in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches' poll.

UM's Jace Henderson switching to basketball — Jace Henderson is switching sports at Montana. The former Billings Senior standout played as a true freshman on the Griz volleyball team last fall, but she'll spend the rest of her career as a member of the basketball team. Lady Griz coach Robin Selvig offered Henderson a spot on the team last month.

Henderson joins Lady Griz — The defending Big Sky Conference champion Montana women's basketball team continued its reloading process recently with the addition of Jace Henderson. If you recognize the name, maybe it's because the 6-foot Henderson played for the Grizzly volleyball team last fall as a true freshman.

Women's college tennis: Grizzlies whip Bobcats — Some things never seem to change for coach Steve Ascher and his Montana women's tennis team. For the sixth year in a row the Grizzlies rolled past archrival Montana State, posting a 6-1 victory in Big Sky Conference dual action Saturday at the Bobcat-Anderson Tennis Center in Bozeman.

Prep softball: Big Sky hammers Billings Senior — She stands 5-foot-2 and weighs about 125 pounds, but Macey Newbary hits the softball like a burly lumberjack. The junior pasted three home runs and a pair of doubles that complemented her pitching prowess nicely in Missoula Big Sky's home sweep of nonconference foe Billings Senior on Thursday, 12-0 and 16-5.

Class A track preview: Corvallis, Hamilton eye more state hardware — Nestled beneath the Bitterroot Mountains, roughly six miles apart, are two schools that have been setting the standard lately in Montana Class A track and field. Corvallis and Hamilton hauled away half of the six team trophies at the state meet last spring.
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May 23, 2015

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May 22, 2015

Corvallis' DJ Pekoc wins semifinal over Libby's Walter Briones, 6-3, 6-4. He will face Havre's Miller in final.

May 22, 2015

Defending boys' singles champ Jeff Miller of Havre is back in the finals with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Hamilton's Alex Raymond.

May 22, 2015

Billings Central's Knisely and Fagg reached the boys' doubles final with a 6-0, 6-0 win.

May 22, 2015

Billings Central's Barclay Fagg will play Corvallis' Laramie McHugh in the State A singles final this afternoon.

May 22, 2015

Corvallis' Laramie McHugh is back in the State A singles final after a 6-4, 6-0 semifinal win.

May 22, 2015

Billings Central's Barclay Fagg is up a set and 5-2 in the second set of her semifinal.

May 22, 2015

Corvallis' DJ Pekoc wins the first set of his semifinal with Libby's Walter Briones, 6-3.

May 22, 2015

Corvallis senior Laramie McHugh wins the first set of her semifinal match.

May 22, 2015

Havre's Jeff Miller wins his first set against Hamilton's Alex Raymond, 6-4.

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