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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, May 13, 2013

Super Saturday for Oakland County girls tennis

I'm going to keep this relatively short, in part because I just spent an hour typing up a comprehensive TENNIS ROUNDUP on MIPrepZone. Please click on the link and check it out.
Both Catholic League tournaments, the OAA White and Blue tourneys, as well as the Holly Volley Swingabout tournament all took place. Five league champions were crowned. And Clarkston and Seaholm were back at it, once again.
  • Congrats to both Mercy and Marian for playing some great tennis Saturday afternoon. Each team won four flight championships at the CHSL Division 1 finals. It came right down to the end. Marian scored point No. 20 when Olivia Underwood and Sammy Bakken beat out a very tough Kelsey Nagle and Emily Nash (Sacred Heart) in the No. 1 doubles final. Then, just moments later, Mercy's Christy Snyder and Julia Shaw defeated Tatum Schwartz and Bianca Emde 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the No. 3 final to secure a share of the league title. Marian had won four straight coming in. Now Mercy has its piece of the pie.
  • And how about Notre Dame Prep in the Division 2 tournament? There's always a distinct line between the two CHSL tournaments - as far as talent level goes. But Prep would've faced a much stiffer challenge had it been in the D1 tournament. Still, it came and dominated the league.
  • North Farmington's doubles teams were dominant at Saturday's OAA White tournament, but it was a gutsy performance by freshman Arti Vaishnav in the No. 1 singles consolation final that proved to be the difference. Vaishnav defeated Groves' Mikayla Kazdan in three sets - for the second time in less than a week - to secure the outright league title. In the end, North finished with 44 points. Groves ... 43.
  • While we're on the White, Harrison proved its a team that could cause some problems come regional tournament time this week. Carmen Gaddis won the No. 1 singles league title, as did teammate Cheryl Carter at No. 3. As a team, the Hawks probably won't make many waves this week over at North Farmington at the Division 2 regional. But Gaddis and Carter might make life difficult for perhaps a third team to qualify out (by points) of the regional. Just saying!
  • Farmington swept through the doubles at the OAA Blue tournament, helping it maintain its perfection in the league this season. Same could be said for senior Lauren Hughes, who won her fourth straight league championship at No. 1 singles for Southfield. Congrats to all.
  • And finally, how appropriate that Clarkston and Seaholm both finished with 20 points at Holly's Swingabout tournament. Clarkston beat Seaholm 5-4 in the dual earlier this year and edged out the Maples by a point at Thursday's OAA Red Tournament. By my estimation, they are the teams to beat at the Divisions 1 and 2 state tournaments. Great showing by both Saturday. The Wolves and Maples each won three flight championships in a field full of great competition. Holly has put together a few tremendous tournaments this season.
  • Speaking of the Bronchos, congratulations to coaches Will Sophiea and Brennan Brown, whose team captured the school's 31st straight Flint Metro League title last week - in the first of all the league tournaments played. That's an impressive streak, to say the VERY least.
State rankings ... what's next?
A new batch of state rankings should come out later today (Monday). I'll post them as soon as I can. It'll be interesting what the D1 coaches do at the top. Clarkston had been No. 1, but slid to No. 2 last week, as Port Huron Northern jumped ahead of them. Yes, the same team that the Wolves have beaten on three separate occasions this season. Mercy was ranked No. 4 in Division 1, Troy No. 9 and West Bloomfield tied for 10th.
Marian and Seaholm held down the 1-2 spots in Division 2. I see both maintaining those positions today - with a regional rematch coming up later this week. And another at the state tourney 2 1/2 weeks from now.
Cranbrook stayed atop Division 3, as did Sacred Heart in Division 4. The Cranes are clearly the best overall team in the state, and Sacred Heart is without a doubt the best team in its division, capable of winning a second-straight state title.

Thanks to all
Finally, I want to thank everyone who made it possible for me to put together stories on the Flint Metro League, Catholic League D1 and OAA Red tournaments last week, as well as all the information sent in for the OAA White and Blue, and Catholic League D2 tournament - as well as the Holly Volley Swingabout tournament on Saturday. I was excited that all of you made a great effort to get me the results. They all appeared in Sunday's Oakland Press and of course on MIPrepZone.
Check out our TENNIS HOME PAGE for all our tennis coverage. Without you helping me, it would not be possible.

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