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Friday, May 16, 2003

Heidi Lehman, Junior, Billings Senior Parents: Steve and Jolene Lehman.

Brother: Travis, 14. Sisters: Megan, 19, and Cara, 14.

Sports: Basketball, tennis.

Hobby: Playing the piano.

Favorite athlete: Venus Williams.

Favorite team: Duke.

Favorite movie: Maid in Manhattan.

CD I'm listening to right now: Jack Johnson.

Heidi Lehman has a blueprint for success for the Billings Senior girls tennis team: take care of your business and team success will take care of itself.

"I just try to really focus on my matches and not the team scores," said Lehman, the Lady Broncs' No. 1 singles player. "You earn team points for advancing in the bracket, so I just try to do my best and every time I advance I'm helping the team."

That blueprint worked to perfection last weekend at the MSU-Billings tennis bubble. Lehman advanced all the way through the Eastern AA divisional tournament bracket, winning the girls singles title and helping the Senior girls to their first divisional team title in seven years.

Lehman and the Lady Broncs will now bring the blueprint to the State AA tournament, which begins today in Billings. Lehman teamed with Marilyn Cole for a fifth-place doubles finish at state last year, and she's glad to be playing singles this time around.

"I think singles is more my style," said Lehman, who owns a singles record of 14-3 this season. "I like doubles, but I just like the one-on-one competitiveness of singles."

— Mike Zimmer

Matt Cichosz, Senior, Belfry Parents: Bob and Marcia Cichosz.

Brother: Dustin, 16. Sister: Laura, 14.

Sports: Football, basketball, track.

Hobbies: Playing guitar.

Favorite team: Syracuse.

Favorite movie: Blackhawk Down.

Favorite TV show: 24.

CD I'm listening to right now: A Simple Plan.

You have to get up pretty early in the morning to beat Matt Cichosz. Especially at a track meet.

The Belfry standout competes in five events at most meets, and most of them seem to happen in the first few hours of the meet.

"I usually have the long jump, the 100, the 100 hurdles and the 400 relay right away in the morning," said Cichosz (pronounced see-hose). "By the time I'm done with those, it seems like the meet should be over but there's another two or three hours left.

"That's OK, though. It gives me time to get a nap before the triple jump."

Cichosz won all five of his events at last week's District 6C meet, and won the long jump in Thursday's Southern C divisional meet at MetraPark.

At next weekend's State C meet in Missoula, Cichosz is eager to atone for last year, when he fell short of placing in all five of his events.

"I was nervous," he admitted. "The competition and all the good athletes there made me nervous. This year I know what to expect … I think I'll do a lot better."

— Mike Zimmer