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Miners’ Ring, Saari earn top U.P. Division 1 tennis honors

Editor’s note:?Due to an error in the first running of this story on Wednesday, The Mining Journal sports department is rerunning the story about All-Upper Peninsula tennis honors.

NEGAUNEE – She defeated Kingsford’s Katie Hicks for the Upper Peninsula Division I No. 1 singles championship this season, but Negaunee’s Angela Ring today shares top player honors with the Flivvers’ tennis star.

Ring and Hicks were named Tuesday co-winners of the division’s Player of the Year award.

Ring topped Hicks 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 for the U.P. title on Oct. 1.

Both Ring and Hicks made the list at All-State Singles, Negaunee High School athletic director Andrew Brunette announced.

There was a three-way tie for U.P. Division 1 Coach of the Year honors, with Negaunee’s Kyle Saari, Escanaba’s Denny Lueneburg and Menominee’s Nikki Mathieu sharing the award.

Other awards announced Tuesday were as follows:

All-U.P. First Team Singles: Angela Ring and Allison Ring, Negaunee; Hicks and Tori Walters, Kingsford; Ana Burch, Escanaba; Paige Schwartz, Gladstone; and Taylor Swajanen, Marquette.

All-U.P. Honorable Mention singles: Jade LeMay, Menominee; and Hannah Beversluis, Escanaba.

All-State Doubles: Kayla VanPortfleit and Emily LaFave, Escanaba.

All-U.P. First Team Doubles: VanPortfleit and LaFave, Escanaba; Tori DalSanto and Marianna Bianco, Kingsford; Brenna Leafers and Aubrey Reynolds-Erspamer, Marquette; and MiKayla Kewley and Paiton Plutchak, Menominee.

All-U.P. Honorable Mention Doubles: Lauren Anderson and Nicole Violetta, Negaunee; and Kara Salo and Paige Loehr, Gladstone.

Information compiled by Senior Sports Writer Craig Remsburg. He can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251.