Boys Tennis: WIC’s Ross remains on top of UP D2
KINGSFORD — Holden Ross and the West Iron County Wykons earned major honors in All-UP Division 2 voting conducted by the coaches.
Ross (13-3), a hard-hitting sophomore, earned UP Division 2 Player of the Year for the second time.
The Wykons (7-1-2) of Coach Joe Serbentas received team of the year. They captured the Great Northern Conference title and placed second in the UP Division 2 tournament and Kingsford Invite.
James Swanson (12-1) joined Ross on the first team while teammate Mitch Ballinger (10-2) was honorable mention.
First-team doubles went to Caden Pellizzer and Andy Fredrickson (10-6). Honorable mention went to Nolan Anderson and Lucas Isaacson (10-3).
Iron Mountain’s Ryan Hakamaki made the All-UP Division 2 first team. Teammate Dakota Galeazzi received honorable mention.
Mountaineers’ Jaden Vicenzi and Joey Bogaudo garnered first-team doubles honors.
In All-UP Division 1, Marquette’s unbeaten Alexander “Alec” Olivier has been named player of the year. Negaunee was selected team of the year.
Olivier completed a perfect four-year high school career. The Redmen senior started out immediately as a freshman at No. 1 singles, remaining there for his four years. He never lost in 63 matches going back to 2016.
“Playing at No. 1 you’re always facing the best players,” Marquette head coach Charlie Drury said. “To be able to do it for four years is just a remarkable feat. I don’t think anyone has done that, at least not in the last 50 years that I’m aware.
“Alec’s been solid. He’s had a lot of pressure to keep that record going. He’s done just a tremendous job and (we) couldn’t be more proud of him.”
Olivier lost a set to the Wykons’ Ross in the Great Northern Conference tournament.
Kingsford’s Brett Hicks joined Olivier on the All-UP first team. Flivver teammate Jack Perpich was honorable mention.
Flivvers’ Tyler Beauchamp and Reece Fortner earned all-state and UP doubles honors.
(All_UP teams on page 2-B)