Prep tennis: Kingsford Flivvers display their strength at Negaunee Invitational

NEGAUNEE – Kingsford won three championships, including the No. 1 flights in both singles and doubles, to win the Negaunee Invitational high school boys tennis tournament by 10 points on Saturday.

Held at courts used by the Negaunee, Ishpeming and Westwood tennis teams, three teams vied for second place. Menominee edged out the host Miners by one point, 38-37, while Marquette was fourth with 33.

West Iron County came in fifth with 29, followed by Westwood with 17, Gwinn 13 and Gladstone 9.

Menominee had two champions, while Negaunee, Marquette and Gwinn each had one. A singles player or doubles tandem had to win three straight matches without a loss to capture a flight title.

While the Miners didn’t have a runner-up, they fortified their finish with three third-place and three fourth-place finishes, those two places decided when semifinal losers played one more match.

A consolation bracket was also held for players who lost in the first round to decide fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth places.

“We had good playing conditions, maybe some of the best this spring, as far as the weather was concerned,” host coach Kyle Saari of Negaunee said. “Team-wise, this is a good tournament to prepare for the U.P.’s (finals).

“We knew Kingsford and Menominee are both strong after we were at the Kingsford Invite last weekend.

“If we want to compete for the top spot, we just have to get a little tougher mentally to try to break through from the third spot where we’ve been the last couple of weekends.”

The Miners’ victory came from juniors Rob Loy and Anthony Moyle at No. 3 doubles as they defeated Menominee’s Aaron Maas and Adam Nolde 6-4, 6-3 in their championship.

Marquette’s victory came via junior Noah Gannon at No. 3 singles when he dropped Kingsford’s Chris Roell, 6-3, 6-2, in his finale.

Gwinn junior Micah Heath captured the No. 2 singles title and in so doing, scored more than half the Modeltowners’ points. He defeated Marquette senior Matthew Collins, 6-3, 6-2, in that title match as Negaunee junior Ryan Syrjala came in third.

Kingsford got championships from No. 1 singles player Adam Szabo, who defeated Marquette junior Josh Downs, 6-0, 6-2, in his final; No. 4 singles Alex Shanks, who dispatched Redmen junior Justin Flood, 6-3, 6-3, in his title tilt; and the No. 1 doubles team of Daniel Harrington and Joe Gregory.

Both of Menominee’s wins came in doubles with the No. 2 pairing of Chad Schuelke and Nate Gunderson and No. 4 of Collin Nerat and Nick Cattani.

Other area third-place finishers were Doug Lindblom and Michael Anderson of Negaunee at No. 1 doubles, Stephen Trawick and Alex Roth of Negaunee at No. 2 doubles, and Nicholas Briones and Hunter Roose of Westwood at No. 4 doubles.