Boys Tennis team previews

New IM boys tennis coach

IRON MOUNTAIN — Tysen Wadge leads the Iron Mountain High School boys tennis program under new coach Sharon Ducat.

Wadge, 2016 UP Division 2 Player of the Year, is one of nine players returning to the squad.

“The team is excited for the upcoming season,” said Ducat, a standout girls basketball coach before stepping down. “We have nine returning players to provide leadership and a good group of younger players to fill holes in our lineup due to graduation.”

Seniors Nate Chellew, Trent Juul, Parker Swartout and Carson Wonders, and sophomores Joey Bogaudo, David Brule, Dakota Galeazzi and Kurtis Reath are also back from last season.

“With the poor weather causing limited amount of time on the courts, we will have a steep learning curve to begin the season,” said Ducat, who replaces Greg Stegall as head coach. “But I think the team is up to the challenge.”

The Mountaineers face Gladstone today at Amos Marston Eastside Courts to open the season.

Matty McCormick and Ben Shoquist are assisting Ducat.

Roster follows (* indicates returning player):

SENIOR — Nate Chellew (*), Trent Juul (*), Parker Swartout (*), Tysen Wadge (*), Carson Wonders (*)

JUNIOR — Ben Diercks, Will McCormick

SOPHOMORE — Joey Bogaudo (*), Shane Brooks, David Brule (*), Dakota Galeazzi (*), Kurtis Reath (*)

FRESHMEN — Michael Colavecchi, Ryan Hakamaki

KINGSFORD — Kingsford High Schools boys tennis hopes rest with the return of eight players.

“Most of those eight will have to move up the ladder or flip-flop playing singles or doubles,” said Flivvers coach Mark Shanks.

All-UP first-team singles Alek Shanks and doubles Brett Hicks lead the Flivvers. Hicks and the graduated Chris Roell earned All-UP at doubles after taking second in the UP Division 1 tournament.

Others returning to the lineup are Mikhal Roell in singles and Nick McCole, Preston Strong, Cameron Mulka, Daunte Fortner and Tyler Beauchamp in doubles.

“The remaining players on the roster will compete and challenge for positions in the lineup and spots in the jayvee exhibition matches,” Shanks said.

Kingsford graduated No. 1 singles and UP runner-up Brady Hicks, Chris Roell and No. 3 singles Geno Bianco.

“The 12 UP tennis teams will be extremely competitive and close in the dual meets, conferences and UP Finals,” Shanks said. “No one team stands out as dominant. It will be an exciting spring to battle for the top as last year’s best have been hit heavily by graduation.”

Kingsford starts the season Friday in the Menominee Early Bird. The home opener is Tuesday against Menominee.

Roster follows:

SENIOR — Cameron Mulka, Mikhal Roell, Alek Shanks

JUNIOR — Bruce Bilgreen, Aden Johnston, Ethan Lavarnway, Marc McCole, Nick McCole, Nick Murvich, Preston Strong, Joseph Sturm

SOPHOMORE — Tyler Beauchamp, Daunte Fortner, Brett Hicks, Marcus Kazianka, Andrew Kleikamp, Matt Moreau

FRESHMAN — Reece Fortner, Ethan Fox, Logan Smith, Ren Thorne