Stinski, Naslund win senior doubles

ESCANABA – Mark Stinksi and Nels Naslund have known each a long while. Their familiarity with each other extends to the tennis courts, where on Sunday, they captured the Men’s Senior Doubles title at the 67th Annual Michigan-Wisconsin Tennis Open, at Ludington Park.

Stinski and Naslund defeated Mike Osier and Tom Mitchell 6-3, 6-0, to capture the doubles title.

“We’ve known each other for 20 years,” Stinski said of playing with Naslund. “We play a lot of doubles tournaments together. We also played in a lot of USGA doubles in the past. We’re both left-handed and we know what the other will do on the court.”

For Stinksi, tennis has become a family affair for him. After over 20 years of attending the Michigan-Wisconsin Open, he’s seeing more of his relatives becoming involved with the sport.

“We’ve been coming up here for 20 some years,” Stinski said. “It’s a lot of fun. We come up here with a lot of family. My wife plays and my kids are starting to get into it as well.”

In other doubles action, Scott Niemi and Nate Kilsdonk defeated Brian Tresedder and Derrick Harrington 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, to capture the Men’s A Doubles championship.

In Women B Doubles, Julie Vanportfliet and Kayla Vanportfliet were victorious in the round-robin format.

Escanaba students’ Bryant Beem and Emily LaFave took first in Mixed B Doubles and the Girls Doubles winners were Emily Bugni and Katie Bugni.

Men’s B Doubles were rained out, and will resume sometime this week. Buddy Blahnik and Ed Adiska defeated Glenn Pearson and Tom Penegor 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 in one of the semfinal matches, to advance to the finals.