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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.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Another great day of regional tennis - now on to the show

Clarkston celebrates its Division 1 regional title Friday.
Friday proved to be a little cooler on the courts - what a relief - but we had another handful of teams qualify on to the state finals in a couple weeks. In what was an awesome display of tennis at a few different sites, both the Division 1 regional at Rochester and the Division 2 regional at North Farmington seemed to top them all.
I was out at Rochester, where I saw one of the best matches of the season. Lexi Baylis and Raven Neely played a three-set nail-biter, with Baylis breaking twice at the end of her 7-5 third set victory. If people did not know Neely was a real threat before, they do now. Both players gave everyone a real show on Friday and should be top-four seeds at the Division 1 tournament.
As a team, Clarkston looked really solid, reaching the finals at all eight flights. Everyone scored three or more points for the team. They'll need a similar effort (consistency) in Midland. Mercy showed that it has one of the more balanced teams in Division 1. Its doubles teams are going to score at the finals. If the Marlins can score well in singles, a top-five finish is right there.
I always like to see three teams make it out of  a tough regional like the ones in Rochester and Farmington Hills. West Bloomfield showed it has the horses at a few flights to score some points at states. Though ranked 10th in the state, I think the Lakers will better that at states.
One thing that did not work out at Rochester on Friday was the fact that Adams' #1 Halle Hyman will not be playing at states. She lost to Neely in the semifinals. She's a player who most likely would have been a top-six seed. But we will now not get a chance to see her play. That's one of the unfortunate rules of tennis. Not all the best players make it to states.
But all the best talent playing at North Farmington on Friday will be in Holly. Andover reached the finals at all eight flights and easily won a very competitive D2 regional. That'll bode well for the Barons. I think they'll receive their fair share of 3-4-5 seeds at the finals and score well.
North Farmington and Lahser will also be traveling up I-75. They showed they had the depth to earn their way to Holly. Mollie Fox (Lahser) wrapped up her 1-seed at #1 singles and North's No. 1 doubles team of Sarah Tobin and Maria Vicini made a strong case for a deserved 4-5-6 seed at a loaded flight at states.
Novi made it out of its own D1 regional on Friday. Northville swept the region - the only local region that was swept this week - with the Wildcats finishing runnerup. They used their depth in doubles to secure their place in Midland. It was unfortunate for Brighton, which finished a point shy of qualifying. The Bulldogs' 2-3 singles each reached the finals, but Lakeland's Danielle Mathiesen proved to be the spoiler, knocking Brighton's #1 out in the quarterfinals, denying them of a critical point.
And what about Sacred Heart. I left the best for last. Near perfection for the Gazelles. Seven flight champions. The team set itself up well for a run at its second-straight state championship. Its depth will once again be the difference. The team has talent from top to bottom and has faced some of the best Division 2 and 3 competition in the state this season. So moving on to Kalamazoo should prove to be no problem.

So now that all regionals have been played, we have 15 schools moving on to states, plus one individual. Congrats to Cranbrook, Country Day, Seaholm, Marian, Troy, Troy Athens, Holly, Andover, North Farmington, Lahser, Clarkston, Mercy, West Bloomfield, Novi, Sacred Heart and Everest Collegiate's Carly Sutkiewicz.

Here are all our regional stories and results - as reported to me over the past two days:

GIRLS TENNIS: GPS beats out Troy, Athens to win D1 regional title

GIRLS TENNIS: Holly leaves no doubt, cruises to regional title

GIRLS TENNIS: Marian, Seaholm split the difference, share regional title

GIRLS TENNIS: Cranbrook reigns supreme at tennis regional

(at Grosse Pointe South)
TEAM SCORES — Grosse Pointe South 29, Troy 24, Troy Athens 19, Detroit Cass Tech 8, Warren Cousino 7, Frasier 6, Sterling Heights 6, Sterling Heights Stevenson 3, Warren-Mott 2, Detroit East English 0
CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES — 1. Amanda Guo (T) d. Camella Goree (GPS) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3; 2. Brooke Willard (GPS) d. Morgan Purvis (TA) 6-1, 6-0; 3. Maggie Sweeney (GPS) d. Elizabeth Yang (TA) 6-1, 6-0; 4. Madie Flournoy (GPS) d. Grace Wu (TA) 6-0, 6-0
CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES — 1. Kalie Collins-Brittany Friesen (T) d. Samantha Perry-Sydney Keller (GPS) 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3; 2. Hope Keating-Claire Keating (T) d. Ginny Hayden-Jennifer Moy (GPS) 6-2, 6-4; 3. Angelica Kalogeridis-Kate Krueger (GPS) d. Lillian Liang-Deepthi Devireddy (T) 6-4, 6-0; 4. Morgane Flournoy-Kelly Beardslee (GPS) d. Katie Forche-Leena Penumalee (T) 6-4, 6-2

(at Rochester)
TEAM SCORES — Clarkston 28, Farmington Hills Mercy 24, West Bloomfield 19, Rochester Adams 10, Rochester 9, Lake Orion 8, Stoney Creek 7, Oxford 3, Royal Oak 1, Waterford Kettering 1, Waterford Mott 0
CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES — 1. Lexi Baylis (C) d. Raven Neely (WB) 6-0, 1-6, 7-5; 2. Isabella Spindler (C) d. Aerielle Pendleton (WB) 6-2, 7-5; 3. Dana Olsen (C) d. Sara Cahn (WB) 6-0, 6-2; 4. Jessie Guindi (FHM) d. Katie Hubregsen (C) 6-0, 6-0
CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES — 1. Paige Olsen-Alex Whall (C) d. Gillian Meyers-Sammy Dean (WB) 6-2, 6-2; 2. Anna Hinrichs-Kathy Lowrance (FHM) d. MacKenzie Bedor-Monique Zentner (C) 6-1, 6-1; 3. Christy Snyder-Julia Shaw (FHM) d. Amy Brozovich-Jordan Stuart (C) 6-4, 6-1; 4. Julie Flanagan-Sarah Hinrichs (FHM) d. Mackenzie Sowers-Caitlin McCaghy (C) 6-1, 6-1

(at Novi)
TEAM SCORES — Northville 32, Novi 19, Brighton 17, Walled Lake Northern 10, Hartland 8, Lakeland 8, Howell 5, Pinckney 5, Milford 3, Walled Lake Western 3, Walled Lake Central 1
CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES — 1. Reeshma Kumar (NOR) d. Rachael Reichenbach (HAR) 7-5, 7-5; 2. Emma Worley (NOR) d. Maddie Miller (B) 6-3, 6-1; 3. Claudia Ma (NOR) d. Sydney Wisniewski (B) 6-2, 6-1; 4. Alex  Jeannotte (NOR) d. Clare Holden (HAR) 6-0, 6-0
CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES — 1. Anika Mukherji-Daneille Romano (NOR) d. Caitlin O’Brien-Amy Zhou (NOV) 6-2, 6-3; 2. Jordan Hermiz-Elizabeth Sakorafis (NOR) d. Rachel Bailey-Dina Fawaz (NOV) 7-6 (4), 6-3; 3. Chloe Page-Paige Baal (NOR) d. Rebecca Chen-Asawari Kanitkar (NOV) 6-0, 6-3; 4. Shannon Williams-Libby Quinn (NOR) d. Harika Bollineni-Melanie Murphy (NOV) 6-3, 6-1

(at Fenton)
TEAM SCORES — Holly 28, Fenton 19, Lapeer West 14, Flushing 14, Clio 10, Ortonville-Brandon 9, Lapeer East 8, Swartz Creek 6, Alpena 6, Flint Kearsley 0, Saginaw Arthur Hill 0
CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES — 1. Madison Ballard (F) d. Natalie Clink (H) 6-0, 6-1; 2. Victoria Skubik (H) d. Mary Morrison (Lapeer East) 6-0, 6-3; 3. Blake Clements (LW) d. Annette Williams (LE) 6-2, 6-1; 4. Jenna Pepper (H) d. Megan Morris (LW) 6-2, 6-1
CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES — 1. Carley Postma-Sydney Renehan (H) d. Lilly DuBois-Emily McIntosh 6-1, 6-3; 2. Ashley Bearden-Hanna Horton (F) d. Daryl Spurgeon-Haley Crimmins (H) 6-2, 6-1; 3. Alanah Rau-Leah Moller (H) d. Madelyn Wendling-Clancy Gleason (FL) 6-2, 6-4; 4. Katherine Skubik-Claire Young (H) d. Sylee Kiran-Katie Kurycz (F) 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-0

(at North Farmington)
TEAM SCORES — Bloomfield Hills Andover 29, North Farmington 21, Bloomfield Hills Lahser 20, Farmington Hills Harrison 13, Farmington 8, South Lyon 3, Garden City 1, Dexter 1, Pontiac 0
CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES — 1. Mollie Fox (BHL) d. Kerry Hu (BHA) 6-3, 6-4; 2. Erin Weingarten (BHA) d. Rachel Gringlas (NF) 6-0, 6-0; 3. Stephanie Podolsky (BHA) d. Kenya Sanchez-Vicarte 6-2, 6-1; 4. Meryl Reams (BHL) d. Natalie Langnas (BHA) 6-1, 6-2
CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES — 1. Sarah Tobin-Maria Vicini (NF) d. Sonia Trigui-Rheanna Henney (BHA) 6-1, 6-0; 2. Amber Cox-Brittany Silverman (BHA) d. Sarah Wirthlin-Marie Baenen (BHL) 6-0, 3-6, 6-4; 3. Alana Gutman-Jenna Yousif (BHA) d. Esther Yi-Ashli Ferguson (BHL) 6-1, 6-0; 4. Charlotte Garrison-Madison Lorenz (BHA) d.  Shannon Kenny-Dania Abdulhamid (NF) 6-4, 6-0

(at Birmingham Groves)
TEAM SCORES — Birmingham Seaholm 28, Birmingham Marian 28, Birmingham Groves 16, Berkley 6, Southfield-Lathrup 3, Southfield 2, Auburn Hills Avondale 1, Redford Union 0, Redford Thurston 0
CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES — 1. Labina Petrovska (BS) d. Elaine Apaza (BM) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2; 2. Lauren Dietz (BM) d. Lauren Frazier (BS) 6-4, 6-1; 3. Breann Lunghamer (BM) d. Claire Markley (BS) 6-4, 6-4; 4. Catherine Yaldoo (BM) d. Rachel Fenberg 6-2, 6-1
CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES — 1. Nancy Benda-Jackie Meier (BS) d. Olivia Underwood-Sammy Bakken (BM) 6-7, 7-5, 6-1; 2. Rachel Wilson-Laine Boitos (BS) d. Taty Dadabbo-Sally Thoresen (BM) 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-5; 3. Tatum Schwartz-Bianca Emde (BM) d. Maddie George-Emily McDermott (BS) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3; 4. Lauren Benderoff-Sam Lareau (BS) d. Katie Champion-Mollie MacEachern 6-1, 4-6, 6-4

(at Country Day)
TEAM SCORES — Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 23 points, Birmingham Detroit Country Day 16, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 9, Madison Heights Lamphere 3, Ferndale 3, Hazel Park 1, Center Line 1, Detroit Osborn 0
CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES — 1. Alexandria Najarian (CK) d. Marina Selenica (DCD) 6-1, retired; 2. Anna Short (CK) d. Madelyn Karoub (DCD); 3. Allison Motea (CK) d. Haley Mullins (DCD) 7-5, 6-2; 4. Sarah Lipworth (CK) d. Sarah Carroll (DCD) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES — 1. Jane Ziecik-Ellie Miller (DCD) d. Alissa Rowens-Meg Phyle (CK); 2. Kendra Sweet-Christina Roualet (CK) d. Shamila Prabhu-Lydia Wang (DCD) 6-1, 6-1; 3. Briana Letica-Holly Meers (CK) d. Hannah Dinardo-Allison Kavanagh (NDP) 6-1, 6-0; 4. Lauren Lanzon-Emily Harvey (CK) d. Marah Brinjikji-Allison Schlegel (DCD) 6-0, 6-0

(at Almont)
TEAM SCORES — Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart 31, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 20, Clarkston Everest Collegiate/WOLL 14, Almont 14, Algonac 10, Flint Southwestern Academy 7, Imlay City 5, Marine City 4, Mt. Morris 4, Clawson 2, Madison Heights Bishop Foley 1
CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES — 1. Carly Sutkiewicz (CEC/WOLL) d. Tyler Papazian (ASH) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; 2. Abby Hildebrand (ASH) d. Emma Dietz 6-2, 6-1; 3 Teresa Walawender (ASH) d. Maria Manko (ALM) 6-1, 6-0; 4. Tate Lehmann (ASH) d. Sara Anthony (LIG) 6-3, 6-2
CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES — 1. Kelsey Nagle-Emily Nash (ASH) d. Victoria Chochla-Clarissa Dixon (LIG) 6-1, 6-0; 2. Heidi Lemon-Sarah Spangler (ASH) d. Katherine Woodward-Jane Niniviggi (LIG) 6-1, 6-1; 3. Hannah Gerard-Kendall Lehmann (ASH) d. Caroline Eckrich-Ariane Staricco (LIG) 6-1, 6-1; 4. Gretchen Lemon-Elia Wilson (ASH) d. Hannah Homesy-Ellene Bricolas (LIG) 6-0, 6-0

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