Prep boys tennis roundup: Negaunee remains undefeated by beating Escanaba
NEGAUNEE – Negaunee High School ran its boys tennis record to 3-0-1 with a 6-2 victory over Escanaba at the Miners’ courts on Thursday afternoon.
NHS won three of four flights in both singles and doubles, including victories by sophomore No. 1 singles player Parker Bowman and the No. 4 doubles tandem of sophomore Micah Johnson and senior Kolton Klein.
“Parker played a nice all-around match today,” Negaunee coach Kyle Saari said. “His length really helps him return a lot of balls.
“Micah and Kolton put together a good match, too.”
Other Miners wins were turned in by freshman No. 3 Eric Hurst and sophomore No. 4 Ben Luke in singles, and sophomore Alex Roth and senior Stephen Trawick at No. 2 and juniors Anthony Moyle and Rob Loy at No. 3 in doubles.
Ishpeming 8, Norway 0
At Norway, the No. 3 doubles match was easily the match of the meet after Ishpeming juniors Joe Nault and Johnathan Willey held on for a 0-6, 7-6 (7-2), 12-10 victory over the Knights’ Gio Pedroth and Tim Watson.
“It’s nice to get an 8-0 win,” said coach Erl Langness of Ishpeming (2-3 overall, 1-2 Mid-Peninsula Conference). “Joe and Johnathan really fought through it, battling a lot of nerves.”
Langness said his pair had three set points at 5-4 in the second set before winning the tiebreaker, then trailed throughout the super tiebreaker, including at 6-1 and 10-9 before winning.
The Hematites lost just 25 games in the other seven matches, the closest being at the top singles, where junior No. 1 Thomas Bleau won 6-1, 6-4 over Mitchell Pickart and junior No. 2 Cody Johnson took a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Sam Vanderlin.
Iron Mountain 4
At Gwinn, the teams split a pair of three-set doubles matches that helped insure the Modeltowners would tie for the second straight day.
At No. 2 doubles, Gwinn’s Erik Asplund and Mason Bruce outlasted IM’s Trent Juul and Tysen Wadge, 5-7, 7-5, 10-7, with the third set played as a super tiebreaker.
The Mountaineers exacted revenge at No. 1 doubles where Sawyer Kujala and Danny Willman held off the ‘Towners’ Nick Bjork and Jesse Mottes, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
Gwinn also picked up victories in three singles flights – No. 1 Inigo Cepeda, No. 2 Micah Heath and No. 4 Erik Flinn.
At Marquette, Redmen coach Charlie Drury saw improvement in his squad in just the three days since Marquette played at Kingsford.
“I was pleased with the overall closer scores than the first time we played them,” Drury said. “We’re gaining some, but we’ve still got a ways to go.
“Our No. 1 and No. 2 singles guys beat the same guys they lost to in Kingsford last time.”
Those players were junior Josh Downs at No. 1 singles, who defeated Kingsford’s Adam Szabo, 7-5, 6-3, and senior Matt Collins at No. 2, who held off Brady Hicks, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.
All of the Flivvers’ wins came in straight sets, the closest match being at No. 2 doubles, where Joe Hofer and David McCole defeated MSHS juniors Ben Wright and Alex Brown, 6-4, 6-4.