KINGSFORD, Mich. — The Menominee boys Nos. 2 and 3 tennis teams led the Maroons with a pair of third-place finishes at Thursday’s Great Northern Conference finals at Kingsford High School.

The No. 2 team of seniors Braeden Parrett and Noah Everard defeated Kingsford’s Ethan Fox and Tyler Kopp 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in their first round match and took on Munising’s Russ Holloway and Guillermo Sese in the second round.

After falling to Holloway and Sese 3-6, 1-6, they went up against the Marquette duo of Soren Higgins and Luke Ferzacca in the third-place match where they rolled to a 6-3, 6-2 victory. Everard and Parrett had lost to both Kingsford and Marquette earlier this year, but at GNCs when it mattered most they came to play. West Iron County’s Nolan Anderson and Luke Isaacson beat Munising in the championship match.

“Braeden and Noah really played the best they have all year,” Menominee coach Sam Larson said. “We made some slight adjustments to their positioning and I think it helped them win today. Those two seem to be peaking at the right time.”

Freshman Aidan Bellisle and Brady Schultz made up the No. 3 doubles team that took home the other third place medals. They split the first two sets 6-4, 3-6 with Munising’s Jesse Matson and Bailey Masters before winning in the third set 6-4 to move on for a match against West Iron County’s Drew Hebert and Logan Horton in Round 2.

The Maroons duo lost the first set 6-1 and put up a fight in the second set but eventually dropped that one 7-5 to the eventual GNC champ Wykons, setting up a third-place match with Esky’s Ian Valentine and Grant Lamarche. The Maroons were victorious 6-4, 6-3 and the freshman took home a third-place medal at their first GNC finals.

“Aidan and Brady were very good today. It’s awesome to see how far they have progressed in the last month,” Larson said. “Being able to hang with the team that won GNC’s should give them some confidence heading into U.P. Finals.”

Freshman Aden Laurin and sophomore Jason Bowers were the only other Maroons to win a match, beating Esky’s Garrett Johnson and Isaac Maki 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) after falling to the them just over a week prior. They fell to GNC-champion WIC in their second round match and were able to hang around with Kingsford in the second set after losing the first 6-3, but eventually were defeated 7-5 to take fourth place.

“Jason and Aden knocked off a tough Escanaba team. Hopefully they can make some more strides in the right direction next week,” Larson said.

Menominee’s No. 1 doubles team of seniors Kyle Anderson and Cade Fernstrum were able to take the first set off of the talented West Iron County team of Caden Pellizer and Andy Fredrickson 6-2, but fell in the final two sets 4-6, 4-6 to end their day. Kingsford’s Tyler Beauchamp and Reece Fortner defeated Munising in the title match.

“Kyle and Cade had a tough draw pulling West Iron County first. I think (Kyle and Cade) are improving and could be a scary team at U.P.’s,” Larson said.

Senior Tyler Kuester drew Esky’s Christer Carne in his first round match at No. 1 singles and was defeated 2-6, 1-6. Carne would go on to win the third-place match after falling to Marquette’s Alec Olivier in the second round, who eventually win the GNC title.

At No. 2 singles, senior Steve Polaski dropped his first match to Munising’s Mitchell Coyne 1-6, 2-6. WIC’s Jamey Swanson defeated Nick Olivier of MQT in the finals.

Sophomore Felipe Zamora took on MQT’s Kevin Zhang in the first round at No. 3 singles, dropping the match 0-6, 2-6 to the GNC runner-up. WIC’s Mitch Ballinger won the title match.

All of the Menominee players were the lower-seeded spot on the bracket, and Larson was impressed with how his team rose to the occasion and turned in quality performances.

“I thought our doubles teams really turned a corner,” Larson said. “1-4 really came to play today and we were able to win quite a few games against higher seeded opponents.”

West Iron County won the team title with 29 total points, MQT was second (20); Kingsford came in third (11); Esky was fourth (8); Munising took fifth (7); The Maroons were sixth (5) and Gladstone was sixth (0).

Next up for the Maroons is U.P. Finals back at Kingsford on Wednesday.