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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.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Impressive showing by county teams

There were a few big tennis tournaments in Oakland County on Saturday. And there were several impressive performances by county teams.

At the Holly-Grand Blanc Invitational, Stoney Creek topped a loaded field of teams to come away with the championship. The Cougars won a pair of flights - Nick Fiaschetti at No. 1 singles and Chris Stanbury and Jake Kruk at No. 1 doubles. They also finished runnerup at No. 3 singles (Ben Li) and at No. 4 doubles (Zac Stone and Brandon Meherg).
Stoney Creek finished with 19 points to edge out runner-up Traverse City Central. The Cougars scored at least two points in eight of nine flights. Clarkston, which played very well in singles - all won at least two matches - had one flight winner, Alexis Haselwanter at No. 4 singles. The Wolves tied for fourth place with Grand Rapids Christian, a point behind Port Huron Northern.
Co-host Holly finished sixth overall, despite missing two of its singles players. Evan Vergith topped Li to win the No. 3 singles championship.

Novi took care of business at its own quad. The Wildcats were unbeaten on the day, racking up 24 team points. Cranbrook was runner-up, finishing with 15. Tim Wang, Andre Liu, Kousik Kondapi and Pavan Rao were all 3-0 in singles, as were the doubles teams of Jason Carless-Andrew Ying, Michael Chang-Nishant Kakar, Jon Thompson-Maxx Anderson and Shashank Chitta-Kevin Xu.
The Wildcats are playing some really good tennis right now, having played Country Day to a 5-3 match last week. Saturday's performance shows that Novi will be a threat at the end of the season. It's as balanced as any team in the state. I can't wait for next weekend's Novi Quad, featuring the hosts, Ann Arbor Huron, Country Day and Brother Rice.
Complete results of the "so to speak" championship flight results are below.

Novi Quad
TEAM RESULTS: Novi 24, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 15, Grosse Pointe South 5, West Bloomfield 4
SINGLES — Tim Wang (N) def. Matthew McCormick (CK) 6-2, 6-3; Andre Liu (N) def. Marc Sable (CK) 6-1, 6-3; Koushik Kondapi (N) def. Will Dube' (CK) 6-3, 6-0; Pavan Rao (N) def. Nithin Davulari (CK).
DOUBLES — Jason Carless-Andrew Ying (N) def. Alex David-Taylor Ghesquiere (CK) 6-2, 6-3; Michael Chang-Nishant Kakar (N) def. Victor Flynn-Patrick Dietz (GPS) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2; Jon Thompson-Maxx Anderson (N) def. Russell Lee-Joseph Cavatio (CK) 6-0, 6-3; Shashank Chitta-Kevin Xu (N) def. Chase Ghesquiere-Nolan Trepeck (CK) 7-5, 6-2

And over at the Avondale Quad, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep put on a show, winning all but two of its matches on the day and winning with a team total of 22 points. Mike Amici, Tyler Jackson and Brett Boyer finished unbeaten at 1-2-3 singles. Jessie Lopez and Patrick Mulrenin at No. 1 doubles, Rob Molnar and John Potwareowski at No. 2 doubles and Ryan Connors and Shawn Potwareowski at No. 3 doubles were also unbeaten on the day.
The host Yellow Jackets were second with 15 points, followed by Sterling Heights Stevenson (8) and Farmington Hills Harrison (3). Anu Reedy was unbeaten at No. 4 singles for Avondale, as was the No. 4 doubles team of Alex Orzechowski and Avinaash Kalidindi.

Avondale Quad
TEAM RESULTS: Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 22, Auburn Hills Avondale 15, Sterling Heights Stevenson 8, Farmington Hills Harrison 3
SINGLES — Mike Amici (NDP) def. Dylan Collins (H) 6-0, 6-0; Tyler Jackson (NDP) def. Ben Beckas (A) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4; Brett Boyer (NDP) def. Garrett Cook (A) 6-1, 6-0; Anu Reedy (A) def. Bobby Joseph (NDP) 6-3, 6-3.
DOUBLES — Jessie Lopez-Patrick Mulrenin (NDP) def. Ryan Wiettchy-Harsh Parekhg (S) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2; Rob Molnar-John Potwareowski (NDP) def. Drew Hutcheson-Jacob Adams (A) 6-4, 6-2; Ryan Connors-Shawn Potwareowski (NDP) def. Adam Martin-Siva Koduvayur (A) 7-6, 6-4; Alex Orzechowski-Avinaash Kalidindi (A) def. Clark Meak-Nick Raggio (NDP) 6-1, 6-0.

In one of those "Very important" tournaments every good team must take part in, Groves finished third at the Mustang Quad at Portage Central. The host Mustangs, ranked No. 2 in Division 2, won the tournament with 17 points, followed closely by fifth-ranked Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern (16). The Falcons, led by freshman Blake Small's runner-up finish at No. 4 singles, finished with eight points, followed by ninth-ranked Battle Creek Lakeview (seven).

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