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October 23, 2013

Local tennis squads battle for state championships

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

The boys tennis season reached its conclusion with squads battling it out for state championships Oct. 18-19 across the state.

Here’s a look at how all the teams finished and local athletes who competed for state championships in their respective flights.

Division 1 at Midland
Ann Arbor Huron continued its dominance in the division, winning its third straight state title. Huron finished with 30 points, besting Novi High by a point. Birmingham Brother Rice was third with 28; Troy High was fourth with 14; Rochester Adams place fifth with 12; and Bloomfield Hills High took sixth with 11.

Also competing were Novi Detroit Catholic Central, 10; Traverse City Central, 10; Clarkston High, 9; Grosse Pointe South, 9; Port Huron Northern, 9; Ann Arbor Pioneer, 8; Rockford High, 8; Troy Athens, 7; Grandville High, 6; Northville High, 6; Grand Blanc High, 5; Holland West Ottawa, 5; Midland High, 5; Livonia Stevenson, 1; Utica Eisenhower, 1; and Livonia Churchill, 0.

Individual highlights include, Rochester Adams’ Oliver Li, who finished second at No. 2 singles.

For Rice, Jack Winkler took second at No. 4 singles. The No. 1 doubles squad of Connor Parks and George Hamaty also took second.

Rice’s No. 2 doubles team of Joey Hildebrand and David Weatherford were state champs in their flight, as were the No. 3 doubles team of Brendan Dillon and Joe Paradiso. The No. 4 doubles team of Patrick Hamill and Dan Lunghamer placed second.

Division 2 at Holland
Midland Dow earned the state title with 37 points — 13 points ahead of Detroit U-D Jesuit. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern was third with 23. This marked Dow’s fifth straight state title.

The rest of the finals field were Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central, 21; Grand Rapids Northview, 15; Birmingham Seaholm, 10; Okemos High, 10; Berkley High, 9; North Farmington, 9; Birmingham Groves, 8; Portage Central, 8; Holly High, 7; Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 5; Grosse Pointe North, 4; Zeeland East, 4; Gibraltar Carlson, 3; Dearborn Divine Child, 2; Flushing High, 2; Alpena High, 0; Jackson High, 0; Portage Northern, 0; Riverview Gabriel Richard, 0; Southgate Anderson, 0; and Taylor Kennedy, 0.

Division 3 at Kalamazoo
Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day continued its winning ways, taking its third straight state title.

The Yellowjackets finished with 39 points. East Grand Rapids was second with 27, and St. Joseph High was third with 26.

Also competing were Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood, 20; Holland Christian, 16; Spring Lake High, 16; Coldwater High, 11; Sturgis High, 11; Trenton High, 8; DeWitt High, 6; Haslett High, 5; Mt. Pleasant, 5; Petoskey High, 5; Parma Western, 4; St. Clair High, 4; Allegan High, 3; Fowlerville High, 2; Grosse Ile High, 2; Armada High, 1; Cadillac High, 1; Charlotte High, 1; Chelsea High, 1; and Ostego High, 1.

Individual state champions for Country Day were Noah Karoub (No. 2 singles), Jakob Gahn (No. 3 singles), Davis Wong (No. 4 singles), Blake Burstein and Damian Runkle (No. 1 doubles), Rishabh Nayak and Adam Junn (No. 2 doubles), Matt Stebbins and D.J. Bailey (No. 3 doubles) and Brendan Childress and Andrew Joslyn (No. 4 doubles).

Country Day’s Rishi Patel finished second at No. 1 singles, falling to East Grand Rapids’ Garrett Goldman 6-2, 6-3.

Cranbrook’s Nolan Trepeck and Chase Ghesquiere took second at No. 2 doubles, and teammates Steven Meng and Alex Hubers were second at No. 4 doubles. 

Division 4 at Grand Blanc and Holly
Ann Arbor Greenhills continued its run of domination, winning the program’s sixth straight state championship. Greenhills finished with 33, nine points better than Grand Rapids West Catholic. Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett was third with 21.

The rest of the D-4 field was Lansing Catholic, 20; Kalamazoo Hackett, 17; Traverse City St. Francis, 14; Portland High, 12; Grand Rapids South Christian, 10; Ludington High, 10; Kalamazoo Christian, 9; Essexville Garber, 8; Jackson Lumen Christi, 8; Almont High, 7; Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard, 5; Paw Paw, 4; Ann Arbor Rudolf Steiner, 3; Berrien Springs, 3; Frankenmuth, 3; Grand Rapids Catholic Central, 3; Niles Brandywine, 3; Sandusky High, 3; Harbor Springs, 2; Saginaw Nouvel, 1; and Saginaw High, 0.

Liggett had a strong showing in the doubles flights. Alan Jurcak and August Bonacci finished second in the No. 2, Jack Ninivaggi and Alex Dow were second at No. 3, and Jackson Benning and Davey Sekhon were second at No. 4.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Christian Davis at cdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1062. Twitter Follow Christian on Twitter.