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Almont nets a sixth in finals

Schoen reaches semifinals at Div. 4 state tennis meet

Andy Schoen, of Almont, reached the semifinals of the fourth singles flight at the Division 4 state finals in Kalamazoo. His effort helped the Raiders net a sixth-place finish when the final scores were tallied. photo by Kevin Kissane.

June 06, 2007
ALMONT — Andy Schoen reached the fourth singles semifinals, helping the Almont boys' tennis team net a sixth-place finish last Friday and Saturday at the Division 4 state finals in Kalamazoo.

Ann Arbor Greenhills topped the standings with 31 points. They were followed by Grand Rapids Northpointe Christian (24 points), Flint Powers (20), Grosse Ile and Lansing Catholic (17 each), Almont (14), Buchanan (13), Portland (10), Armada and Muskegon Catholic Central (eight apiece), Essexville Garber, Kalamazoo Christian and North Muskegon (seven each), Jackson Lumen Christi, Otsego, Traverse City St. Francis and Williamston (five apiece), Harbor Springs (four), Bridgman, Kalamazoo Hackett, Paw Paw and Saginaw Nouvel (three each) Berrien Springs and Elk Rapids (two apiece), Bad Axe and Edwardsburg (one each) along with Dowagiac and Grandville Calvin Christian (zero apiece).

Schoen, who was not seeded, began his successful tournament run with a 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-1 win against Harbor Springs foe Mike Asbury.

He then went to 2-0, thanks to a 6-3, 6-2 quarterfinal victory over Essexville Garber's Chris Madzial.

That earned Schoen a semifinal appearance where Grand Rapids Northpointe Christian's Matthew Kozac, the top seed, served as his opposition. It was there Schoen watched his tournament run reach an endpoint with a 1-6, 4-6 setback to the eventual state champion.

Tim Streeter had the next best showing among Almont singles players, reaching the quarterfinal round of the second flight.

Following a bye, Streeter secured a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Traverse City St. Francis adversary Brent Schippers.

He then bowed out with a 1-6, 1-6 quarterfinal round seback to Grand Rapids Northpointe Christian's Andrew DeVlieger, the eventual state champion.

All four Almont doubles teams reached the quarterfinal rounds of their respective flights.

Logan McDermott and Jake Fiebelkorn, Almont's top combination, drew a bye to the second round. It was there they registered a 6-2, 7-5 triumph against Traverse City St. Francis counterparts Blaine Casciano and Bryan Currie.

That set up a quarterfinal round match versus Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard's top-seeded combination of Nathan Lusk and Ben Gartin. It was there McDermott and Fiebelkorn exited the ranks of those players still active in the tournament with a 0-6, 0-6 loss to the eventual state champions.

Dan Miller and Josh Walker, the fifth seeds, drew a bye to the second round of the second doubles flight.

There Miller and Walker rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 triumph against Williamston's Chris Scott and Andrew Hall.

They then watched their tournament run draw to a close with a 3-6, 4-6 setback to Buchanan's fourth-seeded combination of Dillon Bailey and Andrew Frederick.

Kyle Henry and Ty Sutter, who were seeded fourth, received a bye to the second round of the third doubles flight.

They then advanced to the quarterfinal round with a 6-0, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2 win against the Harbor Springs team of Sam Jackson and Elliott Jackson.

Henry and Sutter then bowed out with a 6-7 (2-7), 5-7 setback to Portland's Chris Steinman and Thomas Stalter.

Nate Zgnilec and Alex Schubert drew a bye to the second round of the fourth doubles flight.

There the Almont combination rolled to a 6-0, 6-4 win against Dowagiac's Dave Nelson and D.J. Tartt.

Zgnilec and Schubert then exited the ranks of those players still active in the tournament with a 2-6, 0-6 quarterfinal loss to Grosse Ile's second-seeded team of Kevin Doyle and Drew Murphy, the eventual runnerups.

David Braidwood halved a two-match stint at the third singles position for Almont.

He started his tournament path with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Paw Paw's Aaron Walters, before dropping a 4-6, 3-6 verdict to Muskegon Catholic Central's David Groh, who was seeded sixth.

Neal Zott also represented Almont at the state finals, going 0-1.

Zott bowed out with a 2-6, 1-6 setback to Otsego's Adam Milbocker.

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