Westwood girls netters dominate at Kingsford Invitational

By MATT McCARTHY Iron Mountain Daily News and Journal Sports Staff

KINGSFORD — Westwood prevailed as the top team at Friday’s Kingsford Invitational tennis tournament.

The Patriots, with an overall team score of 45 points, had six first place finishers. West Iron County was second with 32 points, followed Escanaba, 27; Kingsford, 25; Menominee, 20; and Iron Mountain, 19.

Sweeping the four singles events for Westwood were Madi Koski, Tessa Leece, Jillian Koski and Jenna Walton. Westwood’s No. 1 doubles duo of Karlie Patron and Katelyn Anttila also took first place, as did the No. 4 team of Mallory Leece and Emily Nelson.

“I was excited for the girls today,” Patriots head coach Sarah Massie said in an email to the Journal.

“We have a lot of seniors on the team, so it’s always cool to see their hard work get rewarded at tournaments like this. Our No. 1 doubles team has really been working to find their groove playing together, so I was excited to see them get a win against a solid team like West Iron. Overall, it was a fun day for them.”

West Iron came through with victories by the No. 2 doubles team of Emily Nelson and Anna Malmquist and the No. 3 doubles team of Aurora Dahl and Madison Berutti.

The tournament featured two Mid-Peninsula Conference teams and four Great Northern conference squads. The weather while remaining dry, turned from sunny and cool to cloudy and overcast. Most of the tournament took place at the KHS tennis facility.

The No. 3 and No. 4 singles matches were held at Lodal Park tennis courts, while the No. 3 doubles and No. 4 doubles matches were held at the east side courts in Iron Mountain.