Negaunee netters win Kingsford Invitational

By Journal Sports Staff

KINGSFORD — The Kingsford Invitational tennis meet operated under an interesting format Saturday morning, but that didn’t faze the Negaunee boys.

The meet was a five-team round robin with each match consisting of two short sets, starting at 2-2, with no third set tiebreakers. The team total was then based on the total number of sets won.

The Miners won seven of the eight flights and finished with a total of 59 points, 19 ahead of second place West Iron County. The host Flivvers took third (29 points), Escanaba finished fourth (28) and Menominee was fifth (three).

“We were able to put a solid day together,” Miners head coach Kyle Saari said. “To collect 59 out of a possible 64 points, it shows how much of a team performance this was. Peyton Anderson has transitioned from doubles to singles and gives us a good option at No. 3 singles. Jake (Larson) and Ander (Sorenson) have good chemistry in doubles for us, too.

Negaunee took three of the four singles competitions with Will Luke winning at No. 2, Anderson at No. 3 and Jordan Mason at No. 4. The only flight the Miners didn’t win was at No. 1 singles, which was won by West Iron County’s Holden Ross.

In doubles action, the Miners swept all four flights. The tandem of Jakson Sager and Drew Lindberg won at the No. 1 spot, Larson and Sorenson finished on top at No. 2, Nathan Brundage and Preston Toutant won at No. 3 and Tom Kinjorski and Erik Salminen took first at No. 4.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. His email address is