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Return to the top: Upper Peninsula champion Negaunee carts off the most U.P. Division 1 girls tennis awards

Negaunee's Lilly Nelson returns a serve during a No. 1 singles match against Menominee on Aug. 27 at Westwood High School. (Journal photo by Ryan Stieg)

NEGAUNEE — Maybe the only surprise was that Negaunee didn’t cart off EVERY

significant award when Upper Peninsula Division 1 girls tennis awards were handed out on Tuesday.

After a year away from holding the title, the Miners re-established themselves as the pre-eminent girls tennis program in the U.P. this fall, easily rolling to an undefeated dual meet record before reaching every championship match — and winning a majority of them — at last week’s U.P. Finals.

Negaunee was named Team of the Year in the U.P., though it was Menominee’s Jenna Nolde that carried off U.P. Player of the Year honors after she won the No. 1 singles championships at those finals held at Negaunee.

Among other honors, the Miners had two all-state mentions while Westwood, which was third at the finals, had one.

Negaunee No. 1 singles player Lilly Nelson and Nolde were named all-state singles, along with another Menominee player, Josie Hofer. Nelson was runner-up at No. 1 at the finals, while Hofer was champ at No. 2.

Westwood’s Ellie Miller returns the ball during a semifinal doubles match against Munising at the MHSAA Division 2 Upper Peninsula Finals held at Westwood High School on Oct. 2, 2018. (Journal file photo)

In doubles, the Miners’ Morgan Carlson and Katelyn Lammi, who won the No. 1 doubles crown at the finals, and Westwood’s Ellie Miller and Natalie Prophet, runners-up at No. 1, were all-state doubles honorees.

For All-U.P. honors, Negaunee had three singles players and one doubles team named First Team, Westwood had one of each and Marquette had a doubles team earn that honor.

In All-U.P. Honorable Mentions, Negaunee added another singles player and doubles duo, Westwood had a singles player and a doubles tandem, and Marquette added on two singles players and a doubles team.

All-U.P. First Team singles players from the area were Nelson, Jillian Skewis and Lexi Mason from Negaunee; Jenna Wealton of Westwood; and Campbell Kallio of Marquette.

All-U.P. First Team doubles pairings from the area were Carlson and Lammi of Negaunee, Prophet and Miller of Westwood, and Zoey Brian and Breanne Sandstrom of Marquette.

Marquette's Campbell Kallio hits a return shot in a No. 1 singles match against Gladstone on Aug. 20 in Gladstone. (Escanaba Daily Press file photo)

For All-U.P. Honorable Mentions, area singles players honored were Annika Tervo of Negaunee, Jillian Koski of Westwood, and Haddie Ketzenberger and Ruth Hummell of Marquette.

In HM doubles, locally there was Tianna Williams and Shayla Williams of Negaunee, Avery Mariuzza and Emily Nelson of Westwood, and Alyson LaBelle and Hannah Young of Marquette.

Here is the balance of All-U.P. awards:

First Team — Singles: Jenna Nolde, Menominee; Josie Hofer, Menominee; and Jacey Moreau, Escanaba. Doubles: Abbie Anglehart and Meghan Francour, Menominee; and Madi Mishica and Erica Moore, Escanaba

Honorable Mention — Singles: Sophia Derkos, Escanaba. Doubles: Gracie Wickham and Abby Hill, Escanaba; and Emma Anderson and Rylee Doyle, Menominee

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

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