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GNC tennis: Marquette takes second at conference meet with three runners-up

May 24, 2013
By Journal Sports Staff ( , The Mining Journal

KINGSFORD - Kingsford was nearly impenetrable but Marquette was still able to pull out a runner-up finish at the Great Northern Conference boys high school tennis meet held in Kingsford on Thursday.

The Flivvers won seven of the eight flights, with Escanaba pulling out victory at No. 1 doubles. Just five days earlier, Kingsford won a majority of the flights to capture the team title at the eight-team Negaunee Invitational.

While the Flivvers had a near-perfect 38 points on Thursday, Marquette was second with 23 points, just ahead of third-place West Iron County's 21 and fourth-place Menominee's 18. Escanaba had 13 points and Gladstone 6.

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Marquette’s Kyle King returns a shot in front of doubles partner Alex Shahbazi during the Great Northern Conference No. 1 final Thursday.
Burt Angeli/Iron Mountain Daily News Photo

The Redmen reached the championship match at three flights, the toughest opposition in the finals provided by No. 3 singles player Noah Gannon, who lost to Kingsford's Daniel Harrington, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7).

Marquette's Kyle King and Alex Shahbazi lost the title in No. 1 doubles to Dave Fix and Jake Eastin of Escanaba, 6-1, 6-3; while the Redmen's Matt Collins and Mike Edwards fell at No. 2 doubles to the Flivvers' Sean Ryan and Ted Pietila, 6-1, 6-4.

MSHS also picked up two third-place finishes by No. 1 singles player Josh Downs and No. 2 singles Justin Flood.

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Prep tennis

Great Northern Conference Meet

At Kingsford

Team results: 1. Kingsford, 38; 2. Marquette, 23; 3. West Iron County, 21; 4. Menominee, 18; 5. Escanaba, 13; 6. Gladstone, 6.

SINGLES - 1. Caleb Harrington, K, def. Aaron Parment, G, 6-3, 6-0; 3. Josh Downs, Mqt.; 2. Adam Szabo, K, def. Ryan Rogers, WIC, 6-1, 6-2; 3. Justin Flood, Mqt.; 3. Daniel Harrington, K, def. Noah Gannon, Mqt, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7); 3. Adam Newby, West Iron County.; 4. Brady Hicks, K, def. Devon Barley, Men, 6-3, 6-3; 3. Alex Ralston, WIC.

DOUBLES - 1. Dave Fix-Jake Eastin, E, def. Kyle King-Alex Shahbazi, Mqt, 6-1, 6-3; 3. Dalton Allen-Aidan Wienke, K.; 2. Sean Ryan-Ted Pietila, K, def. Matt Collins-Mike Edwards, Mqt, 6-1, 6-4; 3. Tylor Capadagli-Joey Pisoni, WIC.; 3. Alec Tuchowski-Joe Gregory, K, def. Colten Fernstrum-Chris Kelley, 6-0, 6-1; 3. Aren Newby-Max Maloney, WIC.; 4. Tyler Schaut-Chris Roell, K, def. Devon Harris-Jared Rivard, Men, 6-3, 7-5; 3. Collin Uhazie-Sean Berhow, E.



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