Gwinn, Ishpeming boys tennis teams duel to a tie, 4-4

ISHPEMING — Gwinn won four of the five contested matches, but a shortage of players forced the Modeltowners into three defaults as Gwinn and Ishpeming finished in a 4-4 high school boys tennis tie on Monday.

“The match came down to No. 1 doubles,” Hematites coach Erl Langness said.

In that match, the Modeltowners’ Mason Bockert and Tucker Taylor scored a 6-2, 4-6, 10-8 victory over Ishpeming’s Isaac Lazenby and David Raihala. The final set was a pro-style tiebreaker.

With Gwinn defaulting at Nos. 2, 3 and 4 doubles, the Hematites’ lone contested victory was at No. 1 singles, where Hart Holmgren won 6-3, 6-3 over Jacob Porubsky.

Gwinn took the other three singles flights on two-set victories by No. 2 Jared Rowland, No. 3 Austin Forbes and No. 4 Chase Jensen. Forbes had the toughest time, beating Kyle Hooper 7-6 (7-2), 6-1.

“The guys really improved from last week, but Gwinn played well and deserved to get at least the tie,” Langness said. “Hooper played a really good first set.”

In matches today, Ishpeming hosts Westwood while Gwinn goes to Iron Mountain.

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Negaunee 7, Marquette 1

At Marquette, the Miners improved to 10-0-2 in dual meets this season as only No. 1 singles player Alec Olivier was able to break through for the Redmen.

Olivier defeated Luke Skewis 6-1, 6-2 two days after winning the No. 1 singles title at the Negaunee Invitational.

“Everyone came back focused after the invite on Saturday and that’s a good sign,” Negaunee coach Kyle Saari said.

Saari singled out his No. 2 doubles team of Peyton Anderson and Jake Larson for their 6-1, 6-1 win over Ryan Glover and Aidan Claffey.

“Peyton and Jake played well and they seem motivated as we near the end (of the season),” Saari said.

“We have two days of practice to continue improving and then we’ll have to be ready to go for the conference.”

Both the Mid-Peninsula Conference and Great Northern Conference meets are scheduled for Thursday, though there’s been some talk about moving up the M-PC meet due to inclement weather forecast for Thursday and Friday.

The M-PC meet will be at Negaunee, with Westwood taking some early matches, while the GNC is at Menominee.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.