Negaunee sweeps boys, girls titles at Mid-Peninsula Conference golf meet

CHAMPION — The Negaunee High School golf team will be riding high into next week’s MHSAA Upper Peninsula Division 1 finals after taking both the boys and girls team crowns at the Mid-Peninsula Conference meet at Wawonowin Country Club on Thursday.

The Miners boys compiled a team score of 354 followed by Westwood with 381, Iron Mountain 393 and Manistique 400.

The girls topped Iron Mountain with a score of 444 to the Mountaineers’ 459. Westwood followed with 492 while Manistique returned to the clubhouse with 502.

The top scores of the day went to two Iron Mountain players, Ricky Brown and Anna Pirkola. Brown shot an 82 on the par-72 course to lead the boys, while Pirkola returned with a 95 as girls medalist.

Westwood’s Tyler Annala earned runner-up on the boys side shooting 83, while Iron Mountain’s Marcus Johnson completed the podium with 84.

Negaunee finished with four medalists on the boys side, including Avery Hopper and Jackson Gladwell. The teammates tied for fourth, each shooting 85.

Following them in a three-way tie for sixth with scores of 92 were Negaunee’s Luke Stenfors, Westwood’s Colin Bjorne and Negaunee’s Nolan Corwin.

Jerry Jack of Manistique took ninth with 93, while Nick Opolka of Iron Mountain claimed the final honors spot shooting 96.

Following Pirkola on the girls side was Rylee Ring shooting 102 for the Miners. Pirkola’s teammate Jenna Santini completed the podium in third with 104, followed by Negaunee’s Brylea Ranta in fourth with 105.

Negaunee’s final girls honoree was Marissa Neveau in fifth shooting 111. The Patriots had two girls honored, Laci Moffatt who shot 118 for seventh place while teammate Haley Mattila finished with 120, good for eighth.

Manistique’s top girls finisher was Sydnee MacPhail, shooting 113 for sixth place.

Negaunee, Westwood and Iron Mountain compete in the U.P. Division 1 finals on Wednesday, with the boys competing at the Escanaba Country Club and the girls at Sweetgrass Golf Club.

Manistique competes in the Divison 2 finals on Thursday at George Young Golf Club in Iron River.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Spitza. Email him at sports@miningjournal.net.