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St. Clair Shores

October 9, 2013

Lakeview boys tennis team wins league, division meet titles; ready for regionals

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Lakeview’s Shane Matthews returns the ball as doubles partner Andrew Nadon looks on during the MAC Gold Divisional tournament at Sterling Heights High School Oct. 1.

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The tennis programs at St. Clair Shores Lakeview are making quite a name for themselves.

The girls team has won the last two Macomb Area Conference Gold Division titles, and the Huskies’ boys tennis squad gave Lakeview a clean sweep for the calendar year, as it went undefeated in MAC Gold play to capture the boys team’s first division title since 2007.

Lakeview also bested five other teams to win the MAC Gold division meet, which took place Oct. 1 at Warren Cousino and Sterling Heights High.

At press time, the Huskies had a mark of 5-3, 5-0 MAC Gold.

“It’s a great thing for the entire team,” senior co-captain and No. 1 doubles player Shane Matthews said. “We played really hard all season long.”

Huskies coach Colette Buckberry, who also coaches Lakeview’s girls tennis team, said she believes the league title shows how hard the players have worked this season. She said winning the regular-season championship is a pretty big accomplishment.

“Tennis is down in this area in terms of numbers of kids on the teams,” Buckberry said. “The fact we have so much interest and extra kids who come out means a lot. Every single kid on our team wants to have a spot in our lineup, and I think that fuels our success.”

Buckberry said Matthews and senior co-captain John Couture have done a solid job leading the team. She said the two seniors serve as the motivational leaders.

“And they joke around, but they keep everyone else focused, too,” Buckberry said.

That focus will now shift to the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 regionals, which will be played Oct. 11 and will be hosted by Grosse Pointe North. The Huskies need to finish in the top two to assure themselves a spot in the finals, which are set for Oct. 18-19 at Holland High School. Check www.mhsaa.com or call Grosse Pointe North for time and date information.

Teams Lakeview will face in regionals are Detroit East English Village Prep Academy, Detroit Martin Luther King, University of Detroit Jesuit, Detroit Western International, East Detroit High, Grosse Pointe North, Port Huron High, Sterling Heights High and Warren Woods Tower.

Lakeview has faced off with Sterling Heights High and Tower already this season, as both are members of the MAC Gold.

Matthews said having a strong showing at regionals would be great for the program.

Buckberry said she’s going to have her team ready to go for regionals.

“There are some really good teams in our regional. At the same time, we’re a good team, too, and we’ve accomplished a lot this year,” Buckberry said. “We’re just going to put it all out there at regionals and hope for good things to happen and work really hard going into it.”

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Jason Carmel Davis at jdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1107. Twitter Follow Jason on Twitter.