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Mountaineers third at Mid Pen tennis final

NEGAUNEE — Iron Mountain placed third in the Mid-Peninsula Conference girls tennis championship Friday, hosted by Negaunee and Westwood jointly.

The Mountaineers scored 19 points, finishing behind league champion Negaunee (46 points) and Westwood (34 points). Gladstone (16), Ishpeming (3) and Gwinn (2) also competed in the meet.

The Miners and Patriots finished first and second in every flight.

“I’m proud of the way the girls played,” said Iron Mountain coach Marcus Celello. “Coming in, we knew we had a chance to win some flights, but we also knew Negaunee and Westwood have a lot of talented players and have had great seasons.

“While we didn’t place first or second in any flights, we’re happy to still come out of the day with five third place finishes. Claire Mongrain, Arianna Morel, and Callie Bianco all played well to earn those third places. Danika Juul-Natalia Brown and Anja Kleiman-Rediet Husing continued their strong seasons at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles respectively, to earn their third places. While I know our girls had their sights higher, there is no shame in finishing behind programs like Westwood and Negaunee.”

Iron Mountain is the host for Division 3 of U.P. Finals on Wednesday. Matches will be held at the East Side Tennis Courts, 25 Location Courts, City Park Tennis Courts, Kingsford High School Tennis Facility and Lodal Park Tennis Courts.

“In an unpredictable season, I’m glad we were able to still have Mid-Pens, and I’m looking forward to concluding our season at UPs. We should be the favorites in several flights, and we have an excellent opportunity to be very successful,” Celello said.

Friday’s conference meet was scheduled for Thursday, but rain postponed the event.

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