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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.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Exciting year of tennis on tap

As I pointed out in my 2012 all-county story, Oakland County achieved an awful lot last season. It would be hard to think any more success could be achieved this season, at least not from a team standpoint.
If Clarkston can get a little something extra out of its doubles lineup this season, it has a chance in Division 1. If Seaholm can stay healthy and bond like the 2012 team did, the Maples have a good chance to repeat (watch out for Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern).
Cranbrook will win Division 3, and the Division 4 title is Academy of the Sacred Heart's to lose.
OK, now that I've placed a little pressure on all of our teams!
I hope you all enjoy the 2013 girls tennis preview. Thanks to all the coaches for taking time to reply to help me get it done. Once again, it was tough putting together the rankings - both team and individual. With all the new talent on some of the teams, it was hard gauging just how good they'll be, at least early in the season.
After the first few players on my individual listing, I feel any of the others could beat one another on any given day. That made it difficult to place them in any particular order. As for doubles, I generally have trouble trying to find five "rankable" teams. This year, I had nine legit pairs I considered for the Top-five. That not only bodes well for the top pairing, but 2-3-4 doubles as well.

Should be a tremendous season. I will try to blog 1-2 times a week, so check back often. And coaches, I really want to hear from everyone this year. If that means assigning a team captain or parent up for calling in or emailing in results before 10 p.m., PLEASE do so. It really works out well. You can call in all match/tournament results to (248) 745-4775 between 7-10 p.m. each weeknight. On Saturday's try to call between 6-8 p.m. You can also email the results in to, same times. We cannot do this without your support, so please call so all the players can be recognized! Thanks.


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