Tennis: Kingsford beats Marquette, ties Miners

MARQUETTE — Kingsford boys tennis team left Marquette County Monday with a win and a tie.

The Flivvers (3-0-1) handled Marquette 7-1 and battled Negaunee to a 4-4 draw.

Number one singles Alec Olivier had the lone Marquette point, beating Alek Shanks 6-0, 6-1.

“Olivier is the premier player in the UP,” Kingsford Coach Mark Shanks said. “Alek had some good points but Olivier is just too consistent.”

In the match with Negaunee, Shanks outlasted Eric Hurst 6-7 (7-5), 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) at No. 1 singles.

“Extremely close with Negaunee but what’s new,” said the Flivvers coach, who estimates 10 ties with the Miners during his coaching career. “It was a good day for the kids to play to play two.”

The Flivvers had two wins on the day from No. 1 doubles Daunte Fortner and Tyler Beauchamp.

Kingsford hosts Escanaba today.

Kingsford 7, Marquette `

SINGLES: 1. Alec Olivier, M, def. Alek Shanks 6-0, 6-1; 2. Brett Hicks, K, def. Garrett Lewis 6-0, 6-1; 3. Nick McCole, K, def. Thomas Mol 6-1; 4. Mikhal Roell, K, def. Kevin Zhang 6-1, 6-1.

DOUBLES: 1. Daunte Fortner-Tyler Beauchamp, K, def. Luke McCarthy-Kees Gray 6-0, 6-2; 2. Preston Strong-Cameron Mulka, K, def. Adam Skendzel-Mitchell Connon 7-6, 6-6 (4-3, default); 3. Aden Johnston-Ethan LaVarnway, K, def. Braden Golisek-Ryan Glover 6-2, 3-6, 6-4; 4. Reece Fortner-Ethan Fox, K, def. Robert Apple-Trevor Lewis 6-1, 6-1

Kingsford 4, Negaunee 4

SINGLES: 1. Alek Shanks, K, def. Eric Hurst 6-7 (7-5), 6-2, 7-6 (7-3); 2. Luke Skewis, N, def. Brett Hicks 6-3, 5-7, 6-1; 3. Nick McCole, K, def. Thomas Sertich 6-4, 7-6 (7-2); 4. Mikhal Roell, K, def. Chris Kumpula 2-6, 6-3, 6-3

DOUBLES: 1. Daunte Fortner-Tyler Beauchamp, K, def. Klay Ronn-Peyton Anderson 6-2, 6-4; 2. Jakson Sager-Drew Lindberg, N, def. Preston Strong-Cameron Mulka 6-1, 6-1; 3. Jacob Talaga-Darin Provost, N, def. Aden Johnston-Ethan LaVarnway 6-1, 6-3; 4. Jake Larson-Evan Hassell, N, def. Reece Fortner-Ethan Fox 7-7 (9-7), 6-4, 7-5.

Wykons over Maroons

IRON RIVER — West Iron County, in a tune-up for Wednesday’s match with unbeaten Kingsford, turned back Menominee 5-3 at Nelson Field Courts on Monday.

A revised WIC doubles lineup with one starter missing accounted for three points. WIC No. 1 Brandon Henschel-Kevin Ballinger downed Levi Kempka-Austin Hansen 6-1, 6-1.

“Our one doubles dominated from start to finish,” said WIC Coach Joe Serbentas. “That’s the most complete match they’ve played all year. The top three doubes all played excellent.”

WIC had Seth Miatech-Steven Nelson at No. 2 doubles and Dante Thurston-Christian Benson at No. 3 doubles.

The Wykons host Kingsford on Wednesday and compete in the Kingsford Invitational on Saturday.

“This Kingsford team is pretty tough,” Serbentas said.

West Iron County 5, Menominee 3

SINGLES: 1. Jon Antilla, M, def. Neil Tomasoski 6-2, 6-1; 2. Jake Englehart, M, def. James Swanson 6-3, 6-1; 3. Caden Pellizzer, W, def. Cole Jersey 6-1, 6-0; 4. AJ Wesinicvht, W, def. Kyle Anderson 6-4, 6-0.

DOUBLES: 1. Brandon Henschel-Kevin Ballinger, W, def. Levi Kempka-Austin Hansen 6-1, 6-1; 2. Seth Miatech-Steven Nelson, W, def. Noah Eugrard-Jonah Cole 6-0, 6-0; 3. Dante Thurston-Christian Benson, W, def. Steve Polaski-Bragden Parrett 7-1, 6-0; 4. Tanner Mathias-Keagan Monroe, M, def. Dawson Rybicki-Tyler Upperstrom 6-3, 6-2.

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