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Gwinn Modeltowners pull out 3-3 boys tennis tie with Gladstone Braves

GWINN — Nearly two years off didn’t seem to hurt the Gwinn High School boys tennis team as the Modeltowners pulled off a 3-3 tie against Gladstone on Wednesday in Gwinn.

With both undermanned teams not fielding competitors at No. 4 singles and No. 4 doubles, the Modeltowners swept singles while the Braves did the same in doubles.

None of the matches went beyond two sets, either.

“It’s great to be back on the tennis courts,” Gwinn head coach Dan Turecky said. “The boys are really excited to be playing after the … canceled season last year.”

Turecky singled out No. 1 singles winner Jared Rowland for having the best match of the day as he slipped past Gladstone’s Rane Castor 6-3, 6-0.

“Jared has really developed into a solid singles player, despite missing last season,” the coach said. “He’s continued to develop his game and has become a quiet, confident leader — and captain — of this year’s team.”

He was joined by No. 2 singles player Daniel Pasinetti winning 6-2, 6-4 over the Braves’ Peter Noblet and No. 3 singles player John Detrick blanking Gladstone’s Sam Jensen 6-0, 6-0.

The closest match of the day came at No. 2 doubles, where Gwinn’s Dawson Dolby and Tadem Gaines lost a 6-4, 6-3 nailbiter to Gladstone’s Dragman Graham and Chad Britton.

Next up on the Modeltowners’ schedule will be a big challenge with a match at Negaunee on Tuesday afternoon.

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

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