Prep tennis: Negaunee finishes second to Kingsford at invite

NEGAUNEE – Kingsford won five of eight flights and had a finalist in a sixth to easily capture the Negaunee Invitational Tournament in high school boys tennis on Saturday.

Playing matches on courts in Negaunee, Marquette, Ishpeming and Ishpeming Township, the tourney featured eight singles players and doubles tandems at each of the traditional high school tennis positions.

Organizers dealt with at least three rain delays, but Negaunee coach Kyle Saari was glad to get a marathon day in with the Upper Peninsula Finals looming.

“It was a long day … but still good preparation for the U.P.’s,” he said. “Kingsford’s depth showed and they played really well.”

He was also pleased with the Miners getting second place with 39 points despite having just three finalists.

“Our finish shows that we’re capable and was a good experience for our young guys,” Saari said.

No. 1 singles player Cody Tossava was Negaunee’s lone champion as he beat Gladstone’s Aaron Parmet, 6-4, 6-2, for the championship. Tossava lost just three games in two matches heading into the finals.

Negaunee also had runners-up in Rob Sertich at No. 3 singles, as he lost David Harrington of Kingsford in the finals, though no score was available; and Michael Anderson at No. 4 singles, with him falling to Brandy Hicks of Kingsford in the title match, 6-1, 6-2.

Sertich and Anderson were straight-sets winners in their opening two matches.

West Iron County was third with 36 points and Marquette fourth with 33. Gwinn came in seventh with 13 and Westwood was eighth with 9.

Marquette didn’t have a finalist but got third places out of No. 1 singles player Josh Downs, No. 2 singles Justin Flood, No. 3 Noah Gannon and No. 3 doubles Max Darr and Mike Wiitala, along with a fourth out of No. 2 doubles Matt Collins and Mike Edwards.

Gwinn’s top showing came from No. 2 singles player Micah Heath, who won a pair of matches in the consolation bracket to finish fifth.

Westwood picked up a pair of sixth-place finishes, each winning a match. They were No. 2 singles player Michael Ostlund and No. 2 doubles tandem of Tyler Harvala and Nathen Nelson.