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BOYS TENNIS: Recapping the performances from local teams at the state finals

Four local high schools were represented at the MHSAA boys’ tennis state championships this past weekend.

The majority of those area teams — Gibraltar Carlson, Trenton, and Wyandotte Roosevelt — competed in the D2 finals, which were held at several schools on the west side of the state.

Teams at the state finals, and regional tournaments the week prior, earn a point for every victory in bracket play across the eight flights. The team who accumulate’s the most points by the end is declared the team champion.

In D2, Midland Dow led the pack with 29 points, earning the school’s second straight team state title.

Locally, all three teams finished consecutively in 20th through 22nd in terms of points. Carlson finished with three points, Roosevelt earned two points, while Trenton picked up one point.

Carlson got single points each from Landon Angelos at No. 1 singles. Meanwhile, the duo of Nick Riley and Trey Fields at No. 1 doubles and as well as the No. 4 doubles tandem of Cole Fountain and Kaidden Daddow

Angelos in his opening-round match defeated Dexter’s Andrew Guinta (7-6, 6-3) before falling in the next round to the eventual state champion, Dow’s Austin King (6-0, 6-0).

Riley and Fields meanwhile won their opening match in comeback fashion, besting Portage Central’s David Durant and Ishaan Paul (4-6, 6-3, 6-4). Riley and Fields then fell in straight sets to Spencer Goldberg and Jake Rosenwasser of Birmingham Groves (6-0, 6-0).

Much like their No. 1 doubles teammates, Fountain and Daddow earned a come-from-behind victory in the opening round over Miles Johnston and Kailin Foster of East Lansing (3-6, 6-2, 6-2). The No. 4 doubles for the Marauders then saw their run end in the next round with a loss to Ben Vander Stelt and Aidan Banchoff of Byron Center (6-3, 6-1).

For Roosevelt, they got single points each from Emmett Oswald at No. 2 singles as well as Brendan Bayon at No. 4 singles.

Oswald was convincing in his opening-round win over Max Livingston of Warren De La Salle (6-0, 6-0). The senior then saw his season and high school career wrap up with a loss to Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern’s Karal Deol in the next round (6-0, 6-0).

Bayon meanwhile showed a lot of resilience in his opening-round victory, defeating Traverse City Central’s Helly Taylor in three sets (3-6, 6-1, 6-1).

Trenton’s only victory at states came in the form of Brendan Wright at No. 3 singles. The junior bested Luke Fenberg of Walled Lake Central (6-2, 6-3) before eventually losing to Portage Central’s Matthew Cui in the next round (6-1, 6-1).

Over in Division 4, no full teams competed however Grosse Ile had both their No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles reps after finishing runner-up at regionals a week prior.

The D4 team state champion was Ann Arbor Greenhills (39), whom Grosse Ile competed alongside many others at the regional tournament.

As far as the Red Devils were concerned, both of their two points at the finals came in the form of Trent Chlebek and Dress Kedding at No. 1 doubles.

After receiving a first-round bye, the senior Chlebek and the junior Kedding defeated Seth Radosa and Jaren Kipfmiller of Midland Bullock Creek (6-1, 6-0) before falling in the quarterfinal round to Traverse City St Francis duo Eli Schmude and David Ansley in three sets (6-0, 4-6, 6-3).

At No. 1 singles, Grosse Ile’s Kayden Johnson put up a good battle in his opening-round matchup but ultimately fell to Goodrich’s Jack Nicklas (6-4, 3-6, 6-1).

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