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Prep tennis: Munising's Ackerman, Negaunee's Tossava named U.P. Players of the Year

June 12, 2013
By Journal Sports Staff ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - More than two dozen boys from Marquette and Alger counties were among those named to All-Upper Peninsula high school tennis teams that were announced on Tuesday.

Selections were made through nominations and voting by U.P. coaches, with Division 1 champion Kingsford and Division 2 titlist West Iron County leading the way. Their coaches, the Flivvers' Mark Shanks and Wykons' Joseph Serbentas, were each named coach of the year, too.

Among the picks were Negaunee senior Cody Tossava and Munising sophomore Noah Ackerman, both No. 1 singles players who culminated undefeated seasons with victories at the U.P. Finals - Tossava in Division 1 on May 29 at Marquette and Ackerman in Division 2 on May 30 at Westwood.

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Pictured left, Munising’s Noah Ackerman serves during a meet against Marquette at the MSHS tennis courts on May 1. Pictured right, Negaunee’s Cody Tossava returns a shot in a meet against Ishpeming at the Miners’ courts on May 1. Ackerman was named the U.P. Boys Tennis Player of the Year in Division 2 and Tossava the U.P. Player of the Year in Division 1 in voting conducted among U.P. tennis coaches. (Journal file photos)

Not surprisingly, both were also named the U.P. Player of the Year in their respective divisions.

In Division 1, the All-U.P. team included Marquette singles player Josh Downs, who was unable to play in the U.P. Finals due to injury. In doubles, the U.P. Finals' No. 1 runner-up team of Redmen Kyle King and Alex Shahbazi were honored along with Negaunee's Doug Lindblom and Nick Martin.

Named Honorable Mention in Division 1 for singles were Justin Flood and Noah Gannon of Marquette and Ryan Syrjala and Rob Sertich of Negaunee. In doubles, honorees included Mike Edwards and Matt Collins of Marquette.

Fact Box

2013 All-U.P. Boys Tennis Teams

Division 1

All-U.P. - Singles: John Bryant, Escanaba; Aaron Parmet, Gladstone; Caleb Harrington, Kingsford; Adam Szabo, Kingsford; Davey Luplow, Menominee. Doubles: Dave Fix/Justin Eastin, Escanaba; Tyler Wells/Jeremy Kadish, Gladstone; Dalton Allen/Aidan Wienke, Kingsford; Sean Ryan/Ted Pietila, Kingsford; Alec Tuchowski/Joe Gregory, Kingsford; Bret Anderson/Ryan Woods, Menominee.

Honorable mention - Singles: Daniel Harrington, Kingsford. Doubles: Steve Wood/Mike Shields, Escanaba; Michael Kinsey/Caleb Kleiman, Menominee.

Division 2

All-U.P. - Singles: Austin Waara, West Iron County; Ryan Rogers, WIC; Randy Mueller, Norway. Doubles: Andrew Peterson/Sean Gustafson, WIC; Gerry Pirkola/Max Frorenza, Iron Mountain.

Honorable mention - Singles: Taylor Huotari, Iron Mountain; Alex Ralston, WIC. Doubles: Tor Thorne/Jordan Mauro, Norway; Tyler Capadagli/Joey Pisoni, WIC; Danny Willman/Henry Hakamaki, Iron Mountain.

In Division 2, All-U.P. singles honors went to Guillermo Ansede of Ishpeming, champion at No. 2, Hematites teammate Lucas Lisowsky, Quinn LeRoy of Westwood and Derek Reetz of Gwinn.

Doubles honorees included Dallas St. Arnaud and Nick Bjork of Gwinn, Derek Wing and Andy Duquette of Westwood, Joe Paquette and Chase Nebel of Munising and Tony Gravedoni and Cody Johnson of Ishpeming.

Honorable mentions went to Jesse Mottes of Gwinn and Michael Ostlund of Westwood in singles.

Rich Trombly of Gladstone was named honorary coach of the year after he took a leave of absence as Braves' coach shortly before the season began.



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