Kingsford, West Iron netters earn Great Northern honors

Individual tennis titles for Nodurft, Smith, Grub and Rutter

(Tracy Rutter photo) Kingsford’s No. 3 doubles duo Linnea Grub and Addie Rutter, right, pose after winning the Great Northern Conference championship, Wednesday at Marquette Senior High School.

MARQUETTE — The Great Northern Conference girls tennis championships were held at Marquette Senior High School, with players from Kingsford and West Iron claiming titles.

Kingsford’s No. 3 doubles duo of Addie Rutter and Linnea Grub took home the championship, while teammates Macy Holmes and Maggie Menghini placed as runner-up in No. 2 doubles.

The Flivvers’ lone third-place finish came at No. 4 doubles with Lexi Vross and Ellyse Doerner.

For West Iron, Brynlee Nodurft and Kaitlyn Smith won No. 3 and No. 4 singles championships, respectively. Kali Applin placed third in No. 1 singles, while Aurora Dahl placed third in the No. 2 singles flight.

West Iron placed second overall in Wednesday’s meet.

(Matt McCarthy/Daily News photo) West Iron's Kaitlyn Smith competes in the Kingsford Invitational on Sept. 10. Smith won the No. 4 singles championship at the Great Northern Conference tournament at Marquette on Wednesday.

“I was happy with the second place finish,” said West Iron coach Joe Serbentas. “We need to shore up some of our ‘doubles troubles’ but all the girls fought hard,” he said.

“I am very happy with Kaitlyn’s (Smith) victory as she lost to the Esky girl (Sam Maninnen) twice earlier this year. She played with a lot of confidence this time around and rolled through her finals match quickly. Brynlee (Nodurft) has been improving her mentality on court and it really showed at the tournament. I was also pleased with Kali (Applin) and Aurora (Dahl) picking up victories in the third place matches,” Serbentas said.

Team Results

Escanaba 26 points – They placed finalists in seven flights and won three of those flights

West Iron County: 13 points

(Matt McCarthy/Daily News photo) West Iron’s Brynlee Nodurft competes in the Kingsford Invitational on Sept. 10. Nodurft won the No. 3 singles championship at the Great Northern Conference tournament at Marquette on Wednesday.

Menominee: 12 points

Gladstone: 11 points

Marquette and Kingsford: 9 points

Munising: 0 points

Individual winners:

No. 1 singles: Sophia Derkos, Esky, def. Addie Trombley, Gladstone, 6-0, 6-3; 3rd place: Kali Applin, WIC

No. 2 singles: Rylee Doyle, Menominee, def. Natalie Williams, Esky, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4; 3rd place: Aurora Dahl, WIC

No. 3 singles: Brynlee Nodurft, WIC, def. Lizzie Sliva, Esky, 6-1, 6-1; 3rd place: Tia Schone Gladstone

No. 4 singles: Kaitlynn Smith WIC def. Sam Manninen, Esky 6-1, 6-0; 3rd place: Natalie Deneau Marquette

No. 1 doubles: Abbie Hill-Gracie Wickham, Esky, def. Anna Nerat-Kennedy Olson (Men).

6-4, 3-6, 7-5; 3rd place: Montgomery Pepin-Emma Wagner, Gladstone

No. 2 doubles: Erica Moore-Delaney McIntyre, Esky, def. Macy Holmes-Maggie Menghini, Kingsford, 6-0, 6-4; 3rd place: Hosanna Brindle-Jenna Hassell, Marquette

No.3 doubles: Addie Rutter- Linnea Grub, Kingsford, def. Lola Doyle-MaKayla Sinks, Men, 6-3, 6-4; 3rd place: Leslie Purcell–Sonya Maki, Esky

No. 4 doubles: Payton Bullock-Payton Pleaugh, Marquette def. Payton Bullen-Lily Newhouse, Esky, 6-0, 4-6, 7-6, (7-3); 3rd place: Lexi Vross-Ellyse Doerner, Kingsford


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