Kingsford battles Escanaba to 4-4 tie

KINGSFORD — Kingsford battled Escanaba to a 4-4 tie in boys tennis Tuesday.

The Eskymos beat the Flivvers 7-1 last week.

Kingsford No. 1 singles Brett Hicks downed Christer Carne 6-3, 7-5. Hicks was down 5-4 in the second set.

“Brett showed a lot of heart,” said Flivver coach John VanDusen. “I’m very proud of his mental toughness.”

Kingsford No. 1 doubles Tyler Beauchamp-Daunte Fortner defeated Brandon Kangas-Adam Claes 6-1, 6-2.

“Tyler and Daunte played very well from the baseline and the net,” said Flivver coach John VanDusen.

The Flivvers won at No. 3 doubles with Reece Fortner and Ethan Fox.

“Reece and Ethan played well,” VanDusen said. “They were very consistent.”

The KHS coach also cited Tyler Kopp for filling at No. 2 doubles for Preston Strong, who was running in the Kingsford Invitational.

“Tyler stepped up to play and did a great job,” VanDusen said.

The Flivvers (5-2-2) host Iron Mountain on Thursday.

Kingsford 4, Escanaba 4

SINGLES: 1. Brett Hicks, K, def. Christer Carne 6-3, 7-5; 2. Josh Grassel, E, def. Nick McCole 6-1, 6-1; 3. Nathan Pascoe, E, def. Jack Perpich 7-5, 6-2; 4. Caleb Boone, K, def. Ian Valentine 6-0, 6-3.

DOUBLES: 1. Tyler Beauchamp-Daunte Fortner, K, def. Brandon Kangas-Adam Claes 6-1, 6-2; 2. Soren Thompson-Alex Valentine, E, def. Travis Taff-Tyler Kopp 7-5, 6-0; 3. Reece Fortner-Ethan Fox, K, def. Charlie Wilson-Colton Hayes 6-2, 6-3; 4. Garrett LaMarche-Tommy Mayville, K, def. Matt Moreau-Bruce Bilgreen 6-2, 6-0.

Wykons tie Miners

IRON RIVER — West Iron County and Negaunee both remained unbeaten after playing to a 4-4 tie Tuesday at Nelson Field Courts.

West Iron stands at 7-0-1 and Negaunee at 9-0-2.

“This was one of the best matches of tennis I have been a part of in all my years of coaching,” said WIC coach Joe Serbentas. “Both teams were evenly matched and traded punches the entire match with neither team backing down.”

Both ones and twos in singles and doubles battled for three sets, Serbentas said.

“The one doubles match lasted 2 hours and 10 minutes with both teams having tremendous rallies and consistently dragging points out and making for exciting tennis,” Serbentas said.

WIC No. 2 singles Neil Tomasoski outlasted Chas Kumpula 6-1, 4-6, 6-0.

“I’m very proud of Neil and his finish to a tough three-set match,” Serbentas said. “He really buckled down and took command to start the third set and never let up.”

WIC No. 2 doubles Tyler McCarthy-James Swanson downed Peyton Anderson-Jake Larson 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

“Tyler and James struggled with consistency in the first set but caught fire in the second set and cruised through the rest of their match with some real focus and determination,” Serbentas said.

Serbentas noted the “wingspan” of No. 3 doubles Steven Nelson-Caden Pellizzer.

“They created all kinds of problems for Negaunee,” Serbentas said. “Caden had some really nice first serves that set Steven up for several putaways around the net.”

The Wykons host Marquette today and compete Saturday in the Negaunee Invite.

“My players are hungry for more and are looking forward to the challenge ahead of them,” Serbentas said.

WIC 4, Negaunee 4

SINGLES: 1. Luke Skewis (Neg) def. Holden Ross 6-4, 2-6, 6-2; 2. Neil Tomasoski (WIC) def. Chas Kumpula 6-1, 4-6, 6-0; 3. Tom Sertich (Neg) def. Bernie Forte 6-0, 6-0; 4. Will Luke (Neg) def. Mitch Ballinger 6-0, 6-1.

DOUBLES: 1. Brandon Henschel/Kevin Ballinger (WIC) def. Jackson Sager/Drew Lindberg 6-2, 4-6, 6-2; 2. Tyler McCarthy/James Swanson (WIC) def. Peyton Anderson/Jake Larson 4-6, 6-1, 6-1; 3. Steven Nelson/Caden Pellizzer (WIC) def. Ander Sorensen/Mason Hemmila 6-2, 6-4; 4. Tom Kinjorski/Erik Salminen (Neg) def. Christian Benson/Nolan Anderson 6-4, 6-4.

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