Mountaineers fall to Ironwood; Flivvers host exhibition match with local officials
IRON MOUNTAIN — As postseason play approaches, the Iron Mountain girls varsity tennis team seems to be turning a corner. On Wednesday, that was put to the test as the Mountaineers lost 5-3 to Ironwood at East Side Park in Iron Mountain.
“We had solid wins from Alysia (Wood) and Mallory (Maracini) at two and three Singles along with my No. 2 Doubles team of Betsy and Veronica,” IM coach Keith Huotari said. “Our other Doubles teams were right there, too, but came up short. Having to forfeit two flights put us behind the eight-ball from the start, but the girls played well.”
In singles action, the Mountaineers No. 1 Avea Brown lost to Jacinta Lauzon (0-6, 2-6). Their other loss came by way of forfeit in the No. 4 match. Iron Mountain found success in the No. 2 singles flight, as Wood swept the Red Devils Lily Nolan-Couillard (6-0, 6-0). No. 3 Maracini toppled Emily Kane (6-1, 6-1).
Although they put up a fight, the Mountaineers doubles pairings didn’t find the same success against Ironwood.
Iron Mountain’s No. 1 pairing of Hailey Greenleaf and Maddie Powell fell to Sarah Lauzon and Gio Lauzon (2-6, 5-7). Amelia Miles and Jacalyn Rowe were defeated by Ironwood’s No. 3 pairing of Breanna Freeman and Alexis Carland. The Mountaineers forfeited the No. 4 flight.
Iron Mountain’s lone doubles win came from Betsy Vanegas and Veronica Stanchina as they knocked off Hailey Johnson and Jaiden Demaray (6-3, 6-0).
The Mountaineers return to play on Monday as Escanaba comes to town. Play starts at 3 p.m.
FLIVVERS 4, KPSD 5
KINGSFORD — Kingsford tennis faced off with members of the Kingsford Public Safety Department and Breitung Township school officials in an exhibition match on Wednesday at Kingsford High School. The Flivvers ended up losing 5-4.
“(It was) such a fun event, we all had a good time,” stated KPSD Director Brandon Rutter.
In singles action, Ella Rizzo fell to Officer Rutter (1-6, 4-6) and Ava Lovell dropped her match against Officer Timothy Olsen (1-6, 2-6). The Flivvers lone singles match win came from Addie Rutter who toppled Officer Matt Brouillette (6-0, 6-2).
In doubles action, Kingsford did grab two wins. However, Addison Paternoster and Madalyn Sleik lost to Officer Patrick Palmquist and Norway Police Officer Timothy Dahlman (1-6, 5-7). Addy Kreigl and Reagan Cram fell to John Kreigl and KHS principal Dave Lindbeck (4-6, 5-7), as well.
The Flivvers return to play at home on Monday against Norway. Play begins at 3:30 p.m.