Flivvers dominate Negaunee Invite

NEGAUNEE – Kingsford won five of eight flights and had a finalist in a sixth to easily capture the Negaunee Invitational Tournament in high school boys tennis on Saturday.

Playing matches on courts in Negaunee, Marquette, Ishpeming and Ishpeming Township, the tourney featured eight singles players and doubles tandems at each of the traditional high school tennis positions.

Coach Mark Shanks’ Flivvers tallied 51 points, topping Negaunee, 39, and West Iron County, 36.

“When you get 51 of a possible 56 points, there’s not too much bad you can say,” Flivvers coach Mark Shanks said. “We were pretty steady. A lot of team are trying to juggle their lineups to find a weakness against us, but we’ve got strength in our singles and doubles.”

Kingsford produced three singles titles from Adam Szabo (No. 2), Daniel Harrington (No. 3) and Brady Hicks (No. 4). The Flivvers also notched doubles honors from No. 3 Alec Tuchowski-Joe Gregory and No. 4 Tyler Schaut-Chris Roell. Flivver No. 1 doubles Dalton Allen-Aidan Wienke was runner-up.

“They came through and met my expectations, met their expectations,” Shanks said.

Shanks mentioned Daniel Harrington No. 3 singles victory as the match of the day. The three-setter featured two tie-breakers and lasted nearly three hours.

“He persevered,” Shanks said. “It wasn’t the prettiest tennis at times, but it was competitive and close.”

Organizers dealt with at least three rain delays, but Negaunee coach Kyle Saari was glad to get a marathon day in with the Upper Peninsula Finals looming.

“It was a long day but still good preparation for the U.P.’s,” Saari said. “Kingsford’s depth showed and they played really well.”

West Iron claimed the No. 2 doubles crown with Tyler Capadagli-Joey Pisoni. Ryan Rogers was second at No. 2 singles.

The Flivvers host West Iron Tuesday.