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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 15, 2012

Regional roundup - Moving on to states

Congratulations to all the county teams moving on to state competition this upcoming weekend. I wasn't able to make it out to all the regions, but did see a couple great matches on Thursday and Friday.
  • I have to give Country Day a shout out for sweeping its regional. The Yellowjackets won in straight sets at seven flights before gathering to cheer on senior Max Shanbrom, who beat Cranbrook's Nithin Davuluri in three tough sets at No. 4 singles. Country Day will now take its talents to Holland, where it'll not only look to win its second-straight state tennis title, but do so in impressive fashion.
  • Both Troy and Brother Rice were also heavily favored in their regions and they did not disappoint. Rice won seven of eight flights - all in which it was seeded No. 1 - and scored 30 team points at the Rochester regional. All four of its doubles teams (Blake Hildebrand-Gavin McNulty, George Hamaty-Connor Parks, Joey Hildebrand-Johnny Cameron and David Weatherford-Brendan Dillon) walked away champions, without dropping a set. Coach Kurt Zaske will need these eight to play their best this weekend in Midland, at least if the Warriors want a chance to win a state title.
    Troy won six of eight flights over at Grosse Pointe South. The Colts were pretty balanced, winning three of four singles, and doubles flights. Senior Brett Forman beat Athens Richard Zhang 6-4, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. He seems to be playing the best tennis of the season at just the right time. It was also nice to see Athens earn its way up to Midland, a year after falling a point short. Zhang, Eric Flewelling, Jason Potter and Sheevam Naik all reached the regional final at 1-4 singles, with Naik winning his flight championship.
  • Over at Novi, I had the chance to see three of what will be of the top seeds at the Division 1 tournament this weekend. Northville's Tyler Gardiner topped a talented No. 1 singles field that also included Novi's Tim Wang, Catholic Central's Michael Dube' and Lakeland's Alex Kim.
    Gardiner will be the top seed in Midland, Wang will lead what could be the favorite team in Midland and Dube' will make his third-straight trip to the finals, as Catholic Central, buoyed by a great performance by No. 2 Michael Trupiano, had a great showing Friday.
  • I mentioned before the regionals began that I felt Seaholm had a chance to pull even with Groves at Thursday's Division 2 tournament at Groves. Not only did the Maples catch the Falcons, they passed them by, winning five flight championships. Alex Tropea at No. 4 singles, along with the 1-4 doubles teams of Jason Mondry-Ben McDermott, Zach Tayler-Griffen Neal, Aaron Rosen-Brendan Knight and Alex Cross-Will Geller all won titles. Rosen and Knight, and Cross and Geller, lost their regular-season matches to their Groves' counterparts. But both teams won tight, three-setters this time around.
    One of the more feel-good stories from this past week's regionals is that Berkley also qualified out for the Division 2 state tournament. The Bears reached at least the semifinals in all flights, and two made it to the finals. Sam Subia fell to Tropea at No. 4 singles, while Jason Sachse and Jim Demery fell to Mondry and McDermott at No. 1 doubles. Congratulations to coach Lenny Waldman and his Bears.
  • Seaholm, Groves and Berkley aren't the only Oakland County teams making the trip to Holly/Fenton. Andover, Lahser and North Farmington qualified out of the North Farmington region, and Ortonville-Brandon will make the short trip up the road to join host Holly, which won the Fenton regional. That makes eight county teams competing in Division 2, of 18 total. Not too bad.
Below is a list of all the regional tournament information we gathered Thursday and Friday. I'm still missing some scores, but all the winners should be complete. 

Division 1
(at Rochester)
TEAM SCORES: Birmingham Brother Rice 30; Rochester Adams 20; West Bloomfield 16; Stoney Creek 15; Clarkston 8; Rochester 7; Lake Orion 4; Walled Lake Central 3; Waterford Kettering 0; Waterford Mott 0
CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES — 1. Justin Hyman (RA) d. Nick Fiaschetti (SC) 6-3, 6-4; 2. Jack Hamaty (BR) d. Charles Xu (RA) 6-2, 6-2; 3. Chase Perry (BR) d. Rahul Jain (RA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; 4. Michael Ciraci (BR) d. Alexis Haselwanter (CL) 6-1, 6-0
CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES — 1. Blake Hildebrand-Gavin McNulty (BR) d. Chris Stanbury-Jake Kruk (SC) 7-6 (5), 6-1; 2. George Hamaty-Connor Parks (BR) d. Matt Beckstrom- Luke Brunson (R) 6-0, 6-2; 3. Joey Hildebrand-Johnny Cameron (BR) d. Austin Trieu-Rishi Mehta (RA) 6-2, 6-1; 4. David Weatherford-Brendan Dillon (BR) d. Paul Seyferth-Brandon Meharg (SC) 6-0, 6-1
Division 1
(at Novi)
TEAM RESULTS: Novi 29, Northville 22, Novi Detroit Catholic Central 21, Howell 9, Brighton 7, Walled Lake Western 6, Hartland 5, Lakeland 4, Walled Lake Northern 1, Milford 0
CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES — 1. Tyler Gardiner (NOR), d. Tim Wang (NOV) 6-1, 6-1; 2. Michael Trupiano (CC) d. Connor Johnston (NOR) 0-6, 7-6 (4), (10-6); 3. Koushik Kondapi (NOV) d. Gabe Apaza (CC) 6-3, 6-0; 4. Pavan Rao (NOV) d. Rahul Raj (NOR) 6-0, 6-1
CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES — 1. Jason Carless-Andrew Ying (NOV) d. Matt Evasic-Brian Manney (NOR) 6-1, 7-5; 2. Michael Chang-Nishant Kakar (NOV) d. Andrew Hinrichs-Austin Beyer (CC) 6-0, 6-2; 3. Jon Thompson-Maxx Anderson (NOV) d. Danny Vargovick-Nick Landi (CC) 6-0, 6-2; 4. Shashank Chitta-Kevin Xu (NOV) d. Jason Wang-Oliver Daniel (NOR) 6-0, 6-2

Division 1
(at Grosse Pointe South)
TEAM SCORES: Troy 30; Troy Athens 21; Grosse Pointe South 21; Warren Cousino 15; Warren De La Salle 9; Fraser 4; Sterling Heights Henry Ford 4; Sterling Heights Stevenson 4; Royal Oak 3; Warren Mott 1; Sterling Heights 0
CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES — 1. Brett Forman (T) d. Richard Zhang (TA) 6-4, 6-0; 2. Vinai Reddy (T) d. Eric Flewelling (TA) 6-1, 6-1; 3. Michael Faber (T) d. Jason Potter (TA) 6-2, 6-2; 4. Sheevam Naik (TA) d. Tarun Kalyaranaman (T) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES — 1. Saumil Shah-Pramod Mulabagula (T) d. David Wittwer-Michael Schaller (GPS); 2. Victor Flynn-Patrick Dietz (GPS) d. Connor Dubay-Alex Balte (T); 3. Raghav Prabhu-Andrea Ingram (T) d. Stephen VanWalleghem-Brendan Clune (GPS) 4. Kevin Fietsam-Sachin Ketkar (T) d. Eddy Champane-William Norris (GPS)    

Division 2
(at Fenton)
TEAM SCORES: Holly 27, Ortonville-Brandon 18, Flushing 16, Lapeer East 9, Swartz Creek 8, Fenton 8, Alpena 6, Bay City Central 2, Flint Kearsley 2
CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES — 1. Spencer Navarre (OB) d. Jeff Sophiea (H) 6-3, 6-3; 2. Nathan Navarre (OB) d. Connor Bilkos (H) 6-1, 6-4; 3. Nick Skinsacos (OB) d. Evan Vergith 7-6 (6), 6-2; 4. Matt Jones (OB) d. Dillon Sink (H) 6-4, 7-5
CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES — 1. Parker Rowse-Craig Richards (H) d. Samyck Harsh-Noah Barney-Steinke (A) 6-2, 6-2; 2. Taylor Mills-Lorenzo Rodriguez (H) d. Matt Hoff-Nick Donley (FL) 6-2, 7-6 (5); 3. Parker Cuthbert-Aaron Vergith (H) d. John Millem-Jesse Hale (SC) 6-3, 6-2; 4. Dan Olson-Phillip Wu (FL) d. Morgan Baylis-Gunnar LaFave (H) 2-6, 6-1, 6-2

Division 2
(at North Farmington)
TEAM SCORES: Bloomfield Hills Andover 18, Bloomfield Hills Lahser 13, North Farmington 12, Dexter 9, Farmington 2, Pinckney 2, Farmington Hills Harrison 0
CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES — 1. Griffin Mertz (NF) d. Alex Barberio (D) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1; 2. Brandon Alexander (BHA) d. Rohan Sinha (BHL) 6-1, 6-3; 3. David Gwizdala (BHA) d. Sam Gough (D) 6-2, 5-7, 6-1; 4. Gilbert Chen (BHA) d. Lorenzo Lorenzetti (BHL) 7-5, 6-3
CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES — 1. Dylan Deitch-Cuthbert Sun (BHA) d. Andrew Murtland-Rob Chapekis (NF) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2; 2. A.J. Smith-Matt Meehan (BHL) d. Ben Beltser-Eric Bloom (BHA) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2; 3. Sachin Raval-Noah Garber (NF) d. Danny Harwood-Ethan Beattie (BHA) 6-3, 7-5; 4. Cameron Peres-Ben Weisberg (BHA) d. Ryan Nash Rakesh Rajukumar (NF) 6-1, 6-2

Division 2
(at Birmingham Groves)
TEAM SCORES: Birmingham Seaholm 20, Birmingham Groves 17, Berkley 10, Dearborn Divine Child 8
CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES — 1. Calvin Greer d. Vince Polarossi (DC); 2. Evan Ketai (G) d. Kenji Johnston (S) 6-3, 6-1; 3. Deon Griffin (G) d. Rocko Gibout 6-4, 6-3; 4. Alec Tropea (S) d. Sam Subia (B) 6-2, 6-0
CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES — 1. Jason Mondry-Ben McDermott (S) d. Jason Sachse-Jim Demery (B) 6-0, 6-1; 2. Zach Tayler-Griffen-Neal (S) d. Michael Shi-Bobby VanFaussien (G) 6-1, 6-2; 3. Aaron Rosen-Brendan Knight (S) d. Dustin Schwartz-Fritz Moosherr (G) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2; 4. Alex Cross-Will Geller (S) d. Brandon Herman-Austin Lessnau (G) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5

Division 3
(at Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood)
TEAM SCORES: Birmingham Detroit Country Day 24, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 16, Goodrich 7, Ferndale 6, Madison Heights Lamphere 5, West Bloomfield Frankel Jewish Academy 4, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep
CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES — 1. Max Fliegner (CD) d. Matthew McCormick (CK) 6-4, 6-2; 2. Sven Kranz (CD) d. Mark Sable (CK) 6-0, 6-0; 3. Rishi Patel (CD) d. Will Dube' (CK) 6-1, 6-1; 4. Max Shanbrom (CD) d. Nithin Davuluri (CK) 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES — 1. Alex Gruskin-Patrick Adams (CD) d. Alex David-Taylor Ghesquiere (CK) 7-6 (2), 6-1; 2. Max Lee-Lorenz Gahn (CD) d. Wyatt Kayne-Stephane Teste (CK) 6-4, 6-1; 3. Blake Burstein-Rishab Nayak (CD) d. Josef Cavataio-Russell Lee (CK) 6-4, 6-1; 4. Matt Stebbins-D.J. Bailey (CD) d. Chase Ghesquiere-Nolan Trepeck (CK) 6-1, 6-4

Troy Athens - Division 1 regional runner-up at GPS
Birmingham Seaholm - Division 2 regional champion at Groves
Troy - Division 1 regional champ at GPS


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