Prep tennis roundup: Marquette opens with win over Ishpeming

MARQUETTE – In its first match of the season, the Marquette Senior High School boys tennis team made the most of its 2014 debut Monday.

The Redmen of head coach Charlie Drury knocked off visiting Ishpeming, 7-1, at the Shiras Courts.

“It’s nice to start off with a win,” Drury said. “It’s only the second time we’ve been on the high school courts. It has been a struggle.

“We have a lot of new guys in the lineup, so it’s nice to see them get their first win.”

Josh Downs led the way at No. 1 singles. He beat Ishpeming’s Thomas Bleau, 6-0, 6-1.

MSHS swept the doubles competition, with Noah Gannon and Mike Wiitala leading the charge at No. 1 with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph over Tony Gravedoni and Josh Penrose.

“We have a lot of new players there, but doubles did well as a group,” Drury said.

For Ishpeming (0-2), Mark Holmgren at No. 3 singles picked up the Hematites’ lone win, that a 6-3, 6-2 decision over Patrick Bulinski.


Miners, Flivvers tie

Host Negaunee didn’t have much success in singles against the Kingsford Flivvers on Monday, but the Miners took 3-of-4 doubles matches to forge a 4-4 boys tennis tie.

“Every score would be about what you’d expect for cold weather and this being our first match of the year,” Negaunee head coach Kyle Saari said.

“Many set scores were lopsided and flipped, but it was still a good measuring stick for both teams.”

Adam Szabo of Kingsford downed Parker Bowman at No. 1 singles, 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-0.

At No. 1 doubles, the Flivvers’ Daniel Harrington and Joe Gregory turned back Michael Anderson-Doug Lindblom, 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-3.

But the Miners got doubles wins from Stephen Trawick and Alex Roth at No. 2, Rob Loy and Anthony Moyle at No. 3, and Kolton Klein and Micah Johnson at No. 4 to add to Ryan Syrjala’s win for Negaunee at No. 2 singles to gain the match tie.

“Stephen and Alex were solid at No. 2 doubles, and Ryan (Syrjala) was able to battle some ups and downs to get a good win at No. 2 singles,” Saari said.


Patriots blank Knights

Winning all eight bouts in straight sets, the Westwood High School boys tennis team shut out the host Norway Knights on Monday, 8-0.

Quinn LeRoy at No 1 singles paved the way with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Norway’s Mitchell Pickart.

“Quinn and Michael (Ostlund, a winner at No. 2 singles) are two seniors with experience who have started the season strong,” WHS head coach Chris Jackson said.

At No 1 doubles, Derek Wing and Andrew Duquette of Westwood downed Tor Thorne and Jordan Mauro, 6-1, 6-1.

“The conditions weren’t ideal, but we were happy to be on the courts,” Jackson said. “Teams that can avoid weather cancellations early in the season will have an advantage.”