April 19 • 02:40 PM

Streak reaches 24

Raiders head to state finals in East Lansing

Dan Miller, of Almont, reaches to return a shot during second singles action Friday at a Division 4 regional. When the final standings were posted, Almont moved on thanks to a second-place showing. photo by Kevin Kissane.

October 17, 2007
ALMONT — The Almont boys' tennis team is headed to the state finals for the 24th consecutive season, thanks to a second-place finish last Friday at a Division 4 regional.

Almont High School and Imlay City High School is where the action unfolded.

Flint Powers edged Almont, 26 points to 23, for team honors that day. Richmond also made sure their season would last a bit longer, accumulating 18 points (putting them exactly at the number to advance as an additional qualifier) en route to a third.

Those three schools advance to the Division 4 state finals set for this Friday and Saturday at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Armada pulled up fourth at the regional level, posting an output of 14 points. They were followed by Yale and West Bloomfield Jewish Academy (seven points each), Imlay City and Burton Atherton (four apiece), Sandusky (one) and Clawson (zero).

Heading in to the regional, Almont Coach Dean Sousanis said he was unsure of where his team might wind up. He did, however, believe that a return trip to states was possible.

"We had a lot to overcome losing Neal Zott (last year's number one singles player) and Josh Walker (last year's second doubles performer) to the football team due to the change in sports seasons. "A few weeks ago we also lost Brad Lowell (who was on our third doubles team) to an injury which forced us to change our lineup around some," he noted.

"Despite those obstacles our team stepped it up today. The players came through at a time they needed to the most. I guess we deserve to go to states."

Ty Sutter (third singles), Matt Bulger (fourth singles) along with Logan McDermott and Kyle Henry (first doubles) led Almont with flight titles that day. Sutter capped an unbeaten run with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 championship win against West Bloomfield Jewish Academy foe Daniel Cohen-Arcamone; Bulger finished his successful stint with a 6-3, 6-3 title tilt victory over West Bloomfield Jewish Academy counterpart Alex Ferber; plus McDermott and Henry concluded an unbeaten run with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 triumph against Armada rivals Jordan Krause and Adam Duncan.

Andy Schoen along with Nate Zgnilec and Alex Schubert added second-place finishes to Almont's cause. Schoen reached the first singles title clash where he dropped a 1-6, 0-6 verdict to Flint Powers foe David Farah; plus Zgnilec and Schubert advanced to the championship match at second doubles where they fell by a 2-6, 4-6 count to the Flint Powers combination of Nick Cunningham and Adam Rahman.

Sports Editor, Kevin Kissane has been covering sports for the Tri-City Times for over 20 years and is one of the most recognizable personalities in the area. Kevin when not covering anything from little league baseball to football, or softball to basketball, can be found on the links playing his favorite sport, golf.
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