KINGSFORD - Kingsford's successful girls tennis season continued Wednesday with the Great Northern Conference championship.
Coach Mark Shanks' Flivvers, sporting an unbeaten dual mark with one tie this fall, tallied 42 points to dominate GNC opposition. Marquette (32) and defending champion Escanaba (30) finished second and third, respectively.
Kingsford advanced to five finals and earned titles at each level. The Flivvers also added three thirds.
Marquette’s Hannah Johnson fell to Kingsford’s Hannah Tresedder 6-2, 6-1 in the Great Northern Conference girls tennis No. 2 singles final in Kingsford on Wednesday. (Iron Mountain Daily News photo by Burt Angeli)
"When you win five finals, you're going to wind up on top," Shanks said. "My kids won just about everything they should have won.
"Home courts. Good draw. Good weather. Everything fell into place for us."
Top-seeded Kylee Erickson of West Iron County credited an attitude adjustment for capturing the No. 1 singles title. The "patient" senior downed Escanaba's Codi Jenshak 7-5, 6-0 in the finals.
Both players looked more like human backboards in constantly hustling into position and returning shots. Jenshak rallied past two-time defending No. 1 singles champ Sam Fleming of Kingsford in the semifinals.
"I knew whether I was going to play Sam or Codi it wasn't going to be easy," Erickson said. "I had to be patient against Codi because she is such a patient player."
Kingsford garnered three singles titles from No. 2 Hannah Tresedder, No. 3 Michelle Scheibe and No. 4 Santina Bianco. Tresedder has been a "whole different player" since early in the season, Scheibe and Fleming are the Flivvers' senior starters and Bianco remained unbeaten by downing Menominee's Jessica Nutter.
The Flivvers also triumphed at Nos. 2 and 4 doubles, with Janay Walters-Ali VanRemortel and Taylor Jacobson-Jaelyn Jennings. Walters, Jennings and VanRemortel left volleyball for the tennis program.
"That was a huge asset," said Shanks, noting the trio have participated in summer tennis sessions. "Once I saw the kids we had coming out, then I knew things were looking promising.
"We work hard. We get more out of practice against ourselves than some of the matches we play."
Marquette's Hannah Johnson took second at No. 2 singles. The Redettes did prevail at No. 3 doubles with Taylor Rovin-Brianna Buhl.
"Rovin and Buhl have been playing up this season due to injuries," MSHS head coach Derek Sandstrom said. "Today, they were back at their regular flight (No. 3 doubles) and won a title.
"They moved around to help the team, but were confident coming in. It's nice to see them have some success."
Number one doubles crown went to Escanaba's Braedyn Bosilovatz and Cathryn Wood. The Eskymos also tacked on runner-up awards from No. 2 doubles Jalyn Dagenais-Zoe Berquist, No. 3 Audrey Wilson-Brianna Dault and No. 4 Olivia Berquist-Shelby Gregoire.
Gladstone No. 3 singles Lauren Parrett and No. 1 doubles Bridget Becker-Nicolle Trudeau reached finals matches.
Wednesday is the U.P. Division 1 tournament at Marquette.