IM’s Wood earns medal at conference tennis clash
NEGAUNEE — The Iron Mountain and Norway girls varsity tennis teams had strong showings at the Mid-Peninsula Conference Meet held in Negaunee on Wednesday.
Negaunee won the conference title for the fourth year in a row as the Mountaineers finished fourth overall with 13 points and the Knights ended up fifth with 10 points.
IM HIGHLIGHTS: “I couldn’t be happier with how the girls played,” Iron Mountain coach Keith Huotari said. “Five of our seven flights won their first round matches, which was outstanding. My lone freshman, Alysia Wood, brought home a medal for third place.
“It was a great day of tennis overall, and the girls have come a long way. We played to our potential, and that’s always the goal,” he added.
Wood battled her way to a third place in the No. 2 singles competition. She picked up wins over Negaunee’s Lili Saunders (6-1, 6-2) and the Knights Jordan Moln (8-4), who finished fourth.
The Mountaineers No. 1 Avea Brown lost to Ishpeming’s Maia Hemmila (2-6, 2-6).
In No. 3 play, Mallory Maracini powered her way to a fourth place finish. She won against Norway’s Kerri Krupczak (6-1, 6-1). However, she lost her next two matches.
Jacalyn Rowe picked up a win in the first round over the Hematites No. 4 Lilly Ryan (6-1, 6-1). Rowe finished fourth overall after losing to Negaunee’s Madalyn Peters (0-6, 0-6) and Ryan (2-8).
In doubles action, the No. 1 pairing of Hailey Greenleaf and Maddie Powell lost in the first round to Westwood’s Izzie Marta and Alyssa Couveau (0-6, 0-6). Veronica Stanchina and Betsy Vanegas beat Norway’s No. 2 pairing of Katie Stromquist and Mya Gilroy (6-4, 6-1) and finished fourth after falling to Ishpeming’s Emma LaFave and Jenna Maki (0-8). Emila Miles and Ani Lucas toppled Kadie Kaukola and Ciara Schafer of the Hematites (6-4, 6-0). They also finished fourth after losing to Ciara Schafer of the Hematites (0-8) in the third-place match.
The Mountaineers forfeited the No. 4 doubles flight.
KNIGHTS’ PERFORMANCE: Norway’s best finish was fourth by the No. 4 doubles tandem of Caitlyn Mohr and Kimberly Proctor.
In No. 1 singles, Wojtowicz lost to Gwinn’s Miaha Schiefe (1-6, 0-6) in the first round. Jordyn Moln finished fourth in the No. 2 singles flight. In the first round of the No. 3 singles action, Krupczak fell to Maracini (1-6, 1-6). Tori Trudeau lost in the first round to Mountaineers’ No. 4 Rowe (1-6, 1-6).
The doubles contests, No. 1 pairing Mary Cavagnetto and Sadie Powell lost to Gwinn’s Nola Puyear and Skylar Spencer (3-6, 5-7). Stromquist and Gilroy fell to Stanchina and Vanegas (4-6, 1-6). In the No. 3 match, Marissa Pipp and Marley Balderson lost to Miles and Lucas (0-6, 4-6).
Next week, Iron Mountain and Norway will compete in the MHSAA Upper Peninsula Division 2 Finals in Kingsford at 9 a.m.