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UPDATE: Bates Wins Fourth Tennis State Championship
Glacier senior capped his historic career with another state singles title
Glacier High School's Kellen Bates leaps to return a ball during tennis practice at the Flathead Valley Community College tennis courts. - File photo by Lido Vizzutti/Flathead Beacon
Glacier senior Kellen Bates capped his undefeated prep career on May 17 with a fourth consecutive Class AA tennis state title, becoming only the fourth four-time champion, according to the Montana High School Association.

Bates defeated Dylan Harvala of Missoula Hellgate 6-2, 6-1 in the singles championship in Great Falls.

The Indiana University recruit ended with a perfect 61-0 record in MHSA-sanctioned matches the last four seasons.

The Glacier boys team brought home its first team championship thanks to another first-place finish to go with Bates’. Spencer Johnson and Britt Walton won the doubles state title and the Wolfpack tallied 29 points to claim the trophy.

Glacier’s Katya Kulikova came up just shy of defending her girls singles title. Kulikova lost to Great Falls’ Molly Crum in the final, 6-2, 6-1. Veronica Walton and Kailea Vaudt placed third in doubles and Glacier earned second place as a team for the second year in a row. Bozeman won with 42 points and Glacier finished with 21.

Bigfork senior Seth Roessmann claimed third place in singles at the Class B/C state tournament in Missoula.

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