2017-05-17 / Walled Lake Northern

Northern girls capture second consecutive Howell Invitational championship

BY DAVE WALCZYK
STAFF WRITER


The 2017 Walled Lake Northern girls tennis team won their second consecutive Howell Invitational last week. Standing, from left to right, are: Coach Aryn Thomas, Grace Jovanvich, Tessa Von Bernthal, Coach Bill Wahlstrom, Kayla Behm, Brea Widmyer, Julia Solak, Kalyn Fuelling, Adiya Young and Anastacia Gusikin. Kneeling, from left to right, are: Aria Frawley, Kylie Strange, Heidi Grodman, Mckenna Craine, Sarah Strange and Morgan Hitch. The 2017 Walled Lake Northern girls tennis team won their second consecutive Howell Invitational last week. Standing, from left to right, are: Coach Aryn Thomas, Grace Jovanvich, Tessa Von Bernthal, Coach Bill Wahlstrom, Kayla Behm, Brea Widmyer, Julia Solak, Kalyn Fuelling, Adiya Young and Anastacia Gusikin. Kneeling, from left to right, are: Aria Frawley, Kylie Strange, Heidi Grodman, Mckenna Craine, Sarah Strange and Morgan Hitch. The weather at this year’s Howell Invitational Tennis Tournament was better suited for football with temperatures in the 30s and recorded wind chills dropping in the mid 20s. However, the chilly temps did not stop the Walled Lake Northern girl’s tennis team from repeating as tournament champions last week.

The team, coached by Bill Wahlstrom, is 6-1 on the season and on top in the KLAA North Division for the fifth consecutive season.

Wahlstrom was proud of how his team competed and handled the unfavorable weather conditions, saying, “The girls did not complain and we went to Howell to win a tournament, which we did.”

Winning gold medals for the Knights were Adiya Young (#1 singles), Tessa Von Bernthal (#2), Sarah Strange (#3) and Kyle Strange (#4.)

The Knights also won the Milford Invite, an eight-team tournament. Northern finished in first with 26 points, edging out Berkley (21 points.)

“The Milford Invite gets better every year, but our girls were able to defend last year’s championship and win this tourney for the third year in a row,” Wahlstrom said.

At Milford, the Knights dominated doubles play, led by the #1 duo of Kayla Behm and Julia Solak, #2 tandem of Brea Widmyer and Grace Jovanvich, #3 team of McKenna Craine and Morgan Hitch, #4 duo of Kalyn Fuelling and Anastacia Gusikhin, and the #5 pair of Arai Frawley and Heidi Grodman. All five of the Knights’ doubles teams took home gold medals at the event.

Team members of the Knights include Grace Jovanvich, Tessa Von Bernthal, Kayla Behm, Brea Widmyer, Julia Solak, Kalyn Fuelling, Adiya Young, Anastacia Gusikin, Aria Frawley, Kylie Strange, Hedi Grodman, Mckenna Craine, Sarah Strange and Morgan Hitch. The team has been all-academic all-state for the past five seasons.

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