Congratulations are in order
|Seaholm's Nancy Benda and Jackie Meier|
were 3-0 at the Portage Quad.
Birmingham Seaholm, coming off a 5-3 loss to Marian last week, made a statement with dominant wins over Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central and Portage Central. It's going to be a great regional tournament. Both Seaholm and Marian want to avoid each other at the state tournament. They both crushed the only other team in Division 2 that may have a say in who wins the state title (GRFHN). So whoever gets the better of the other at the regional tournament may find themselves opposite the other, and Northern, in the draw.
Clarkston, Mercy look good in Red and White
The Wolves and Marlins tied for first (Clarkston won because of a tiebreaker) at the Red & White Holly Invite Saturday. Once again, the Wolves showed just how dominant they are at a handful of flights. Lexi Baylis, Isabella Spindler and Dana Olsen are as good of a 1-2-3 singles punch as there is in the state (along with Cranbrook's Alexandria Najarian, Anna Short and Allison Motea). And Paige Olsen and Alex Whall have proven - at least to this sports writer - to be the best doubles team in the state.
Mercy has proven to be a team that can hang with - and at times beat - all the biggest teams. Coach Joe Stafford's team is currently ranked No. 4 in Division 1. The Marlins finished a point out of first place at the Ann Arbor Huron invite a week ago. And that was defaulting one finals match and two rounds at another flight.
Sacred Heart quietly doing its thing
Two years ago Sacred Heart's girls made themselves known, finishing runner-up at the Division 4 state finals. Last year, the Gazelles cruised to their first-ever state title. This year, they're the clear-cut favorites to repeat. Coach Jim Slaughter has joined forces with Judy Hehs and Sacred Heart has the majority of last year's team back again this season. It won its own tournament, the Gazelle Invitational Saturday. The field included some annual powerhouses, including Monroe St. Mary's Catholic Central, Liggett and Lansing Catholic Central.
Latest state rankings are out
It took a couple weeks, but the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches' Association released some new state rankings on Monday. CLICK HERE to check them out. Eleven Oakland County teams are ranked in the four divisions. Birmingham Marian, thanks to its 5-3 victory over Seaholm, moved up to No. 1 in Division 2, just ahead of the Maples. Clarkston dropped to No. 2 in Division 1. Cranbrook is still No. 1 in Division 3.