2017-10-12 / Sports

Postseason play begins for tennis teams

By Sports staff

Grand Blanc’s Ben Shapiro returns a shot at No. 1 Singles during a meet on September 6. 
Photo by Austin VanDaele Grand Blanc’s Ben Shapiro returns a shot at No. 1 Singles during a meet on September 6. Photo by Austin VanDaele SAGINAW – Area high school boys’ tennis teams are competing in their postseason regional tournaments starting today and extending through Saturday. Teams need to win, place second or earn 18 points during their respective regional tournaments to be able to qualify for the state meet. The winner and runner-up at No. 1 Singles automatically qualify.

Division 1 teams will be at the Greater Midland Tennis Center should they make the state meet. Division 2 is at Kalamazoo College, Division 3 at Holland and Division 4 at Novi High School.

Grand Blanc is competing at the Div. 1 regional tournament held at Saginaw Heritage today. Other teams included in today’s tournament are Grand Ledge, Holt, Lansing-Eastern, Midland, Saginaw Heritage, Traverse City Central and Traverse City West. Currently, none of the teams within this regional are state-ranked, leaving the door wide open for any team to make a run at a state championship.

Grand Blanc is led at No. 1 Singles by senior Ben Shapiro. T.J. Schultz will compete at No. 2 Singles, Stuart Johnston at No. 3 and Daniel Rubun at No. 4. The Doubles tandems are headed by Braedon Shick and Caleb Czajka at No. 1. Nick Norman and Ben Gottlieb fill No. 2 Doubles, Patrick Chatterton and Michael Chatterton will compete at No. 3 and Austin Zhang and Connor Watson are at No. 4. – A.V.

Div. 3 at Kearsley

Goodrich enters district play today on a bit of a hot streak, winning back-to-back matches in dominant fashion by the same score, 7-1. This year’s district will be hosted by Kearsley and also consists of Bay City John Glenn, Cadillac, Clio, Owosso, Petoskey and St. Johns. Although none of the above are state ranked, there is some stiff competition to be faced.

Coach Roger Conn’s team seems to be peaking at the right time and has a great shot at advancing to the state meet. Drake Hukill competes at No. 1 Singles, Josh Belanger follows him at No. 2, Jonathon Kippe comes in at No. 3 and capping off the Singles is Hayden Fernald at No. 4.

Aaron King and Brandon Wiederman team up for the No. 1 Doubles tandem, Jimmy McMillan and Hunter Keefer come in at No. 2, Jacob Schraudt and Ben Stull make up the No. 3 team and at No. 4 are Justin Bescoe and Sam Tedrow. – B.P.

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