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Jason Schmitt is the editor of, the high school sports website for The Oakland Press. He has served as the sports editor for a number of newspapers, including the Daily Tribune in Royal Oak and the Macomb Daily in Mount Clemens. In his time in the industry, he has covered every high school sport and has served a a beat writer for boys and girls soccer, boys and girls tennis, hockey, wrestling, bowling and cross country.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Tennis teams ready to contend for titles

Earning a seed at the MHSAA tennis finals doesn't ensure a team of anything. But they do provide a blueprint as to how the seeding committee feels the action may play out on the court. That being said, a number of Oakland County teams earned some very high seeds at each of the four tournaments, being held around the state on Friday and Saturday.

OK, so I've done the math. I broke down the seeds for some of the top contending teams in each division and I know who's going to take home the state championships come Saturday afternoon on paper that is!

If everything goes to plan, or seeding, a champion (No. 1 seed) would net five points for a team. A runner-up finish (No. 2 seed) would score four points, a spot in the semifinals (Nos. 3-4 seeds) three and a quarterfinal appearance (Nos. 5-6 seeds) two. Now the tricky part is when a team is unseeded. An unseeded player could score anywhere from 0-2 points without upsetting a seeded player, depending on her draw. That being said, I used the average or one point for all unseeded players. An inexact science, of course. But it's a fun way to project the winners this weekend.

So here goes ...

Division 1
Clarkston 29 points, Ann Arbor Pioneer 24, Midland Dow 23, Grosse Pointe South 19

Division 2
Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern 30, Birmingham Marian 27, Bloomfield Hills Andover 26, Birmingham Seaholm 24

Division 3
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood 33, Birmingham Detroit Country Day 32, East Grand Rapids 26

Division 4
Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian 27, Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart 24, Grand Rapids South Christian 18, Kalamazoo Christian 16, Williamston 16

Understand all seeds will not hold, and upsets will happen. But it's hard to argue these projections, especially at the top. Clarkston, GRFHN, Cranbrook and GR NorthPointe Christian are the No. 1 ranked teams in the state, appropriately.
I see Clarkston, GRFHN and NorthPointe Christian all winning state titles. And Cranbrook is my pick to win Division 3, however it wouldn't shock me if Country Day sneaks in there. Cranbrook is seeded first in all four doubles flights. And they've swept Country Day in each of their two matchups this season. But the Yellowjackets have taken a set off the Cranes in three of the four doubles flights. So anything can happen!

Click HERE to read my preview on the Division 4 state finals, featuring the Sacred Heart tennis team.
And Click HERE for a look at my Divisions 1-2-3 finals preview.


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