ALMONT — The Almont boys' tennis team will be going to the state finals for the 23rd straight season, thanks to a tie for second place last Friday at a Division 4 regional it hosted.
Second-ranked Flint Powers (28 points) topped the standings at day's end. Eighth-rated Almont and ninth-ranked Armada shared second place, aided by identical 22-point outputs.
Those schools advance to the Division 4 state finals set for June 1-2 in Kalamazoo.
Six other schools vied for regional honors. Their ranks consisted of Imlay City and West Bloomfield Jewish Academy (seven points each), Sandusky and Atherton (four apiece), Clawson (two) and Flint Northwestern (zero).
Dan Miller, of Almont, reaches for a shot as second doubles teammate Josh Walker backs up the play in their flight’s championship match last Friday. Miller and Walker claimed flight honors that day. photo by Kevin Kissane.
The second doubles team of Josh Walker and Dan Miller plus the third doubles combination of Ty Sutter and Kyle Henry led Almont with firsts in their respective flights that day. The former netted a 7-5, 6-3 title encounter win against the Flint Powers team of Bryce Haviland and Chris Kacmarik and the latter rallied for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory over the Flint Powers combination of Chris Hagen and Nick Adams.
Dave Braidwood and Andy Schoen provided Almont with seconds. Braid-wood advanced to the third singles championship clash where he dropped a 4-6, 1-6 verdict to Flint Powers foe Brad Boike and Schoen reached the title tilt at fourth singles where he fell by a1-6, 3-6 count to Flint Powers counterpart John Fischer.
Neal Zott (first singles), Tim Streeter (second singles), Logan McDermott and Jake Fiebelkorn (first doubles) along with Nate Zgnilec and Alex Schubert (fourth doubles) added semifinal appearances to Almont's cause.
Nick Roller (second singles), Drew Schultz (fourth singles) plus Ryan Soye and Anthony Smith (second doubles) paced Imlay City that day. They all reached the semifinal round in their respective flights before bowing out.