Girls golf and boys tennis play for ultimate prizes

By: Christian Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published October 24, 2012

Girls golf and boys tennis teams battled for state titles Oct. 19-20 at sites across the state.

Here’s a breakdown of how each team fared, as well as local top 10 golfers and local individual state tennis champs. For a complete look at how all the teams finished, log onto

Division 1 at Forest Akers East
Plymouth High ruled the day, shooting a team total 659 for the title. Farmington Hills Mercy was closest with 670 and Utica High came in third with 672.

Grosse Pointe South (677), Brighton High (686), Northville High (702), Saline High (708), Rochester High (710), Ann Arbor Pioneer (711), East Kentwood (725), Davison High (726), Rochester Adams (738), Dearborn High (761), Holt High (761) and Rockford High (770) rounded out the rest of the field.

Individually, Plymouth’s Kelsey Murphy was the medalist. Murphy shot 148 over 36 holes. Utica’s Taylor Clark fired 149 for second and Holt’s Pader Her tallied 152 for third.

Local top 10 performances include South’s Tenley Shield (155) in fifth, South’s Lily Pendy (157) was eighth, Utica’s Killian Casson’s (158) finished in ninth and Mercy’s Brenna Hammond (161) came in 10th.

Division 2 at The Meadows Golf Course
Muskegon Mona Shores continued its dominance in D-2, winning its fourth straight state title, this time with a 666.

Battle Creek Lakeview was second with 707 and Okemos High finished third with 711.

Birmingham Seaholm (712), South Lyon High (727), Fenton High (727), Flushing High (734), East Lansing High (743), Traverse City Central (753), Greenville High (763), Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central (767), Dexter High (790), Lapeer East (825), Grosse Pointe North (825) and Farmington High (931) made up the rest of the field.

On the individual side, it was Okemos’ Elle Nichols beating Mona Shores’ Hailey Hrynewich and East Lansing’s Kristyn Crippen in a playoff for the state title.

All three fired a 158.

Golf Division 3 at Bedford Valley Golf Course
Forest Hills Eastern just edged Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood for the title. Eastern fired a 710, two strokes better than the Cranes and three strokes better than Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day.

Grosse Ile High (713), Jackson Northwest (743), Grand Rapids South Christian (754), Hastings High (760), Tecumseh High (767), Chelsea High (768), Lake Odessa Lakewood (773), Grand Rapids Christian (774), Marshall High (826), Big Rapids (839), Plainwell High (844) and Cedar Springs (886) rounded out the field.

Dearborn Divine Child’s Natalie Blazo dominated on her way to earning medalist honors. She shot 157, which was seven shots better than Clio’s Ayla Bogie and Cranbrook’s Cordelia Chan.

Other local top-10 performances were turned in by Cranbrook’s Greer Clausen (168), who finished sixth overall, and Country Day’s Ellie Miller (169) was eighth.

Division 4 at Forest Akers West
Lansing Catholic left no doubt as to which team was the best in the division. Catholic shot 685. Kalamazoo Hackett was second with 749 and Grand Rapids North Pointe Christian finished with 752 for third.

Hanover-Horton (765), Macomb Lutheran North (824), Ann Arbor Greenhills (825), Freeland High (842), Bloomfield Hills Sacred Heart (842), Frankenmuth High (851), Jackson Lumen Christi (854), Grayling High (858), Hillsdale Academy (870), Maple City Glen Lake (892) and Grandville Calvin Christian (901) also competed.

It took an extra hole, but Muskegon Catholic Central’s Aya Johnson was medalist, beating Lansing Catholic’s Jacqueline Setas in a playoff. Each shot 153 over 36 holes.

Division 1 at Midland Community Tennis Center

Ann Arbor Huron won the ultimate prize, finishing with 33 points. Birmingham Brother Rice and Novi High tied for second, each scoring 27 points.

Northville High (17), Troy High (17), Traverse City Central (14), Ann Arbor Skyline (9), Holland West Ottawa (9), Ann Arbor Pioneer (8), Port Huron Northern (8), Troy Athens (8), Rockford High (7), Utica Eisenhower (7), Rochester Adams (6), Novi Detroit Catholic Central (5), Grand Blanc High (3), Livonia Stevenson (3), Midland High (3), Grandville High (2), Livonia Churchill (2), Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (2), Grosse Pointe South (1), Romeo High (1), Kalamazoo Central (0) and Saline High (0) made up the rest of the tournament field.

In singles, Eisenhower’s Ed Covalschi proved to be best at No. 1 and was the only local individual state champ.

In doubles, Brother Rice’s Joey Hildebrand and Johnny Cameron won the title at No. 3 doubles and teammates David Weatherford and Brendan Dillon took the No. 4 title.

Division 2 at Holly and Fenton
Midland Dow won the title with 35 points. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central took second with 23 points and Portage Central taking third with 22.

Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern (18), Birmingham Seaholm (15), Okemos High (14), Detroit University Detroit Jesuit (13), Battle Creek Lakeview (9), Bloomfield Hills Andover (9), Berkley High (8), North Farmington (7), Birmingham Groves (6), Grosse Pointe North (6), Kalamazoo Loy Norrix (5), Holly High (4), Ortonville Brandon (4), Bloomfield Hills Lahser (3), Dearborn Divine Child (1), Wyandotte Roosevelt (1), Dexter High (0), Gibralter Carlson (0) and Southgate Anderson (0) made up the rest of the tournament.

There were no local individual singles champs.

In doubles, Birmingham Seaholm’s Zach Tayler and Griffin Neel took the title at No. 2.

Division 3 at Holland Christian
Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day won the state championship with 39 points, besting St. Joseph High with 31 points and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood with 25.

East Grand Rapids (18), Grand Rapids Christian (16), Sturgis High (12), Petoskey High (11), Ada Forest Hills Eastern (10), Holland Christian (8), Richmond High (6), Spring Lake High (6), St Clair High (6), Cadillac High (5), DeWitt High (4), Grosse Ile High (4), Hamilton High (4), Otsego High (4), Plainwell High (4), Riverview High (4), Chelsea High (2), Haslett High (2), Parma Western (2), Trenton High (1) and Charlotte High (0) rounded out the rest of the team.

Country Day dominated in the singles portion, getting state titles from Max Fliegner at No. 1, Sven Kranz at No. 2 and Rishi Patel at No. 3.

Country Day continued its winning ways in doubles, sweeping all four titles. State doubles champs are Alex Gruskin and Patrick Adams (No. 1), Max Lee and Lorenz Chan took (No. 2), Blake Burnstein and Rishabh Nayak (No. 3), and Matt Stebbins and DJ Bailey (No. 4).

Division 4 at Kalamazoo College
Ann Arbor Greenhills dominated the tournament on its way to the championship, doubling up the field. Greenhills finished with 36 points, while Comstock Park took second with 18 and Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett and Ludington High tied for third with 16.

Portland High (15), Grand Rapids West Catholic (14), Traverse City St. Francis (14), Armada High (12), Kalamazoo Christian (11), Grand Rapids Catholic Central (10), Williamston High (9), Lansing Catholic (7), Essexville Garber (5), Jackson Lumen Christi (5), Paw Paw (5), Almont High (2), Battle Creek Pennfield (2), Kalamazoo Hackett (2), Caro High (1), Harbor Springs High (1), Saginaw Nouvel (1) and Bronson High (0) made up the rest of the tournament.

There were no local singles or doubles champs.