Prep tennis roundup: Marquette, Ishpeming earns wins while Munising, Westwood, Negaunee tie
ISHPEMING – Ishpeming won for the first time this season, edging Gwinn 5-3 in a high school boys tennis match held at the Hematites courts on Tuesday afternoon.
“It’s taken us quite a while to do it since we’ve been experimenting with our matchups,” said Ishpeming coach Erl Langness, who added his team has only held two outdoor practices this spring. “I’ve tried a lot of combinations, since we have some good depth.”
The Hematites won the only three-set match of the meet, a 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 victory by junior Tony Gravedoni and sophomore Cody Johnson at No. 1 doubles over sophomore Nick Bjork and senior Dallas St. Arnaud.
Two other matches also included a tiebreak, each team winning one of those. In the all-sophomore No. 2 doubles match, Gwinn’s Mason Bruce and Erik Asplund downed Tom Bleau and Josh Penrose, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, while Ishpeming junior Kirk Guckenberg outlasted sophomore Aiden Anderson, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) at No. 4 singles.
The Hematites have a makeup match scheduled for 3:45 p.m. today at home against Westwood.
Munising 4, Westwood 4
At Westwood, the Mustangs won four of six contested matches but was unable to field players at the No. 4 flights.
Every match was decided in straight sets, the closest being Munising’s Joel Schramm dropping Michael Ostlund of Westwood, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 3 singles.
“Munising was missing some players, which forced them to shuffle their lineup,” WHS coach Chris Jackson said. “(Westwood’s) Quinn LeRoy played one of his better matches of the year.”
At No. 2 singles, LeRoy raced past the Mustangs’ Jacob Schramm, 6-1, 6-1. But Munising’s Noah Ackerman continued to impress at No. 1 singles, taking a 6-3, 6-1 win over Derek Wing.
“Wing picked up some valuable experience against Ackerman, who is putting together a solid season,” Jackson said.
At Marquette Tuesday, the Redmen won three singles matches to beat Menominee, 5-3, in boys prep tennis.
Josh Downs at No. 1 led the way with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Brett Anderson at No. 1.
Alex Shahbazi and Noah Gannon also took singles victories at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, for Marquette.
“We got real good play out of Shahbazi and Gannon,” Marquette head coach Charlie Drury said.
“Noah played steady tennis and Alex was last on the court, so his win enabled us to win as a team instead of tie.
“It was a real close match with Menominee. It came down to the wire and could have gone either way.”
Justin Flood and Kyle King prevailed at No. 1 doubles for the Redmen, as did Matt Collins and Mike Edwards at No. 2.
West Iron County 4
At Negaunee Tuesday, the Miners and WIC played to a 4-all deadlock.
“Our strength in singles and their doubles strength canceled each other out,” Negaunee head coach Kyle Saari said, noting his Miners won three singles matches while the Wykons prevailed in three doubles contests.
Cody Tossava remained undefeated this season with a 6-0, 6-0 triumph over WIC’s Austin Waara.
Rob Sertich at No. 3 and Mike Anderson at No. 4 also won for the Miners.
In doubles, Negaunee’s Parker Bowman and Jacob Paupore knocked off Connor O’Donnell and Tristan Nelson, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4.