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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.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Once again, Oakland County tennis shines at states

It never ceases to amaze me how well represented Oakland County is at the state tennis finals. This year, 17 county teams qualified for the state finals. And to no surprise to me, the teams, and their individuals, did an outstanding job once again.
Congratulations to coach Tom Ellis and his Detroit Country Day team. The Yellowjackets had the most impressive showing of any team, in any division, in capturing the Division 3 title. They scored 34 team points, sending seven out of eight flights to the championship match. Four of those walked away state champions. Cranbrook, the defending Division 3 champions entering the tournament in Holly/Grand Blanc, finished a solid fourth overall.
The bulk of the county teams which qualified for the finals were in divisions 1 and 2. Eight were at the Division 1 tournament in Midland, where Brother Rice, Catholic Central and Novi finished 2-3-4 behind champion Ann Arbor Huron. West Bloomfield and Rochester Adams finished tied for eighth, giving the county five of the top 10 teams at the tourney. Troy was 11th overall.
In Division 2, in Kalamazoo, Andover had the county's top finish, placing third behind now three-time defending champion Midland Dow and runner-up Forest Hills Central. Groves and North Farmington tied for sixth, and Seaholm was 10th overall.
And in Division 4, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep did its school proud, finishing 12th overall.
Individually, a number of players walked away state champions. Here is a list of those who captured those titles:

No. 2 singles - Gunnar Peery, Birmingham Brother Rice
No. 3 singles - Michael Trupiano, Novi Detroit Catholic Central
No. 4 singles - Andrew Ying, Novi
No. 1 doubles - Willy Willson and Kevin Hodges, Novi Detroit Catholic Central
No. 3 doubles - Joey Hildebrand and George Hamaty, Birmingham Brother Rice

No. 4 doubles - Andrew Murtland-Rob Chapekis, North Farmington

No. 1 singles - Kevin Renehan, South Lyon East
No. 3 singles - Rishi Patel, Birmingham Detroit Country Day
No. 1 doubles - Abhay Hukku-Alex Gruskin, Birmingham Detroit Country Day
No. 2 doubles - Patrick Adams-Andrew Sun, Birmingham Detroit Country Day
No. 3 doubles - Blake Burstein-Max Lee, Birmingham Detroit Country Day


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