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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.

Friday, April 27, 2012

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Clarkston back atop my rankings
Just when I think I have things all figured out, the Clarkston girls tennis team goes out and beats Cranbrook Wednesday afternoon, 6-2, in a non-league match. That's not to say I have doubted the talent on the Wolves (I had them ranked No. 1 to open the season), but I knew it was just a matter of piecing together that talent into the best lineup possible.
And the Wolves might have figured it out. They split up the county's best doubles team, moving Paige Olsen to singles. That solidified Clarkston's top four and allowed it to sweep the Cranes, which were coming off a nice win over Marian on Monday. The doubles lineup looks a little different than the one that opened the season, but it looks solid from top to bottom. I know have the Wolves back at No. 1 in my latest county rankings.

Congrats to the Eagles
Lakeland beat Walled Lake Central, 7-2, Tuesday to win the KLAA North Division title, its second in three seasons. Natalia Wohletz and Sydney Sinclair won at 2-3 singles, and the doubles lineup swept the Vikings.
1D Taylor Sims and Olivia Neumann, 2D Lindsay Lingnau and Juliaa Salciccioli, 3D Megan Doyle and Elena Winger, 4D Lauren Chard and Kelly Labuta and 5D Sam McCallum and Gina Juarez didn't lose a set in the victory.

Sacred Heart marks its territory
Just as I was completing my feature story on Notre Dame Prep having one of its finest seasons in recent history, Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart was polishing off a 7-1 win over the Irish Thursday afternoon. It comes as no surprise, really, as the Gazelles are ranked No. 1 in Division 4. Sacred Heart returned most of its team from a year ago and its that depth that, in my opinion, makes it the team to beat at the state finals.
The Gazelles swept the doubles with the Irish, though Heidi Lemon and Sarah Spangler needed three sets to beat Sara Hanna and Savanah Litton at 3-doubles. Still, I think these two teams finish 1-2 at the regional tournament.

Preview of things to come?
I had a chance to take in some of Wednesday's Andover at Marian match. And like I thought, it was a pretty competitive match. Marian squeaked out a 5-3 win, taking three of the singles matches and splitting doubles with the Barons. However, Andover was missing Kristen Law at No. 2 singles. Had she been there, it would have been a very intriguing match between she and Elaine Apaza, who won in straight sets.
Both teams, full strength, I want to see it. And we will at the state finals. My only hope is that we see a healthy Seaholm come state tournament time. With Nancy Benda in the lineup, Seaholm becomes a contender along with Marian, Andover and Forest Hills Northern. Now that would be an awesome state tournament.

Tournament roundup
Last weekend several county teams competed in some great competition and fared quite well. Country Day shared the Allegan Invitational title with East Grand Rapids. The Yellowjackets' singles lineup carried the team, with Madelyn Karoub, Marina Selenica and Jane Ziecik winning 2-3-4 championships. No. 1 Amabel Karoub was runner-up.
Mercy, Rochester Adams and North Farmington did their best to catch Northville, but came up short at the North Farmington Invite. The Mustangs won four of the eight flight championships to run away from the field. Adams won 1-2-3 singles, as Halle Hyman beat Mercy's Winnie Karoub in three tight sets at No. 1. Adams' Marla Seaver and Victoria Morin captured the 2-3 titles.
And at the Forest Hills Northern Quad, Bloomfield Hills Lahser battled a pair of Division 2's best, finishing third behind the host Huskies and Traverse City Central. Mollie Fox swept her way to the No. 1 singles championship. Teammates Jessica Dahm and Megan Sweet were also a perfect 3-0 en route to the title at No. 4 doubles.

Huge tournament this weekend
If the weather cooperates, this weekend's Ann Arbor Huron Invite should be one of the best tournaments of the season. Clarkston, Andover and Troy are among a number of great teams competing on Saturday. Saline and Ann Arbor Huron will also be there.

Coaches, please have your results called or emailed in to us here at The Oakland Press. We've had more matches called in this spring than ever before. But we're still missing a lot of schools and matches. I do really appreciate your help in getting the kids some well-deserved recognition. Please email them in to or call (248) 745-4775 by about 9 p.m. each weeknight and 8 p.m. on Saturdays.


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