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Westwood eases past Iron Mountain in boys tennis meet

ISHPEMING — A look at the score of his match shows Chase Prophet’s No. 3 singles victory didn’t look much different from his teammates during a high school boys tennis meet held at Westwood High School on Tuesday.

But a look at the overall matchups sure made it look like the difference in the Patriots’ 5-3 victory over visiting Iron Mountain.

That’s because while eight fellow doubles players from Westwood (3-2) all won their matches, Prophet was the only Pats’ singles player to come out with a victory.

Prophet triumphed 6-4, 6-1 over the Mountaineers’ Kurt Ryan while Westwood Nos. 1, 2 and 4 singles all went down to defeat.

The closest of those singles losses came at No. 4, where IM’s Kaden Sheldon prevailed 6-1, 6-7 (6-8), 10-3 with a third-set pro-style tiebreaker win over WHS’ Alex Adriano.

“Chase is learning to play to his strengths and helped the team pick up a solid victory,” Westwood head coach Chris Jackson said. “Our doubles lineup played very good, sweeping all four flights and not dropping a set.”

The Patriots’ doubles was led by Garrett Mann and Ryan LaFountain at No. 1 whitewashing Reece Kangas and Ryan LaPoint 6-0, 6-0. Other doubles wins were posted by Westwood’s Tony Misale and Bob Papp at No. 2, 6-0, 6-1 over Andrew Larsen and Lucas Kassin; Zak Sensek and Gabe Tossava at No. 3, 6-3, 6-1 over Carter Kassin and Michael VanPrembrook; and Patrick Klumpp and John Tompsen at No. 4, 6-4, 6-2 over Fulton Strand and Connor Owens.

The Pats go back on their home court today with a 1 p.m. scheduled match vs. Escanaba.

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Negaunee 8, Gladstone 0

At Negaunee, the Miners dominated in improving to 9-0, losing just 10 games total in seven contested matches.

And just one of those lost games came in singles, where No. 1 Will Luke, No. 3 Corbin Marshall and No. 4 Mick Kumpula posted 6-0, 6-0 whitewashes.

“Corbin and Mick continue to improve each day and they both know how to set up their strengths,” NHS coach Kyle Saari said.

No. 2 singles player Luke Syrjala didn’t exactly have a match to sneeze at, winning 6-0, 6-1.

None of the three doubles matches — No. 4 was defaulted to the Miners — were close either, the most opposition Gladstone putting up was a 6-3, 6-1 defeat to Negaunee’s No. 3 tandem of Jace Turri and Gavin Jacobson.

“As we continue to get stability within our doubles lineup it begins to give us an idea of who we are as a team and where we want to get to,” Saari said. “In doubles we’re starting to finish more points, and learning when to use some pace or patience.”

Negaunee is off until it travels to the Kingsford Invitational on Saturday morning.

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

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