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Times Herald Tennis Player of the Year finalists

Port Huron Northern's Chris Adams is one of four finalists for the Times Herald Tennis Player of the Year.

Port Huron Northern’s Chris Adams is one of four finalists for the Times Herald Tennis Player of the Year.

These guys have serious game.

When getting settled on the tennis court, these four area tennis players are who you don’t want to see on the opposite side of the net. That’s given them the shot at Times Herald Tennis Player of the Year honors.

Before the award is unveiled on thetimesherald.com Friday, here are the four best players in the area.

Chris Adams, Port Huron Northern

Playing No. 1 singles in the MAC Red is no easy task, but Adams surelymade it seem that way. Adams compiled a 20-4 record and saw his season end in the No. 1 singles semifinals at the Division 1 state tournament. Not a bad way to end the season, and not a bad way to continue the storied legacy of Port Huron Northern tennis.

Devon LaHaie, Armada
Junior Devon LaHaie returns the ball during tennis practice Tuesday at Armada High School.

Junior Devon LaHaie returns the ball during tennis practice Tuesday at Armada High School.

The BWAC MVP ends his Tigers career as one of the most consistent players this area has ever seen. In his four years as a Tiger, LaHaie never lost a BWAC match from No. 3 doubles as a freshman, No. 1 doubles as a sophomore, No. 2 singles as a junior and No. 1 singles this past season. After a 21-5 season, LaHaie finishes his career with the third-most wins in Armada tennis history.

Eli Pinnoo, St. Clair
St. Clair's Eli Pinnoo returns a shot during the Division 3 regional at Sanborn Park.

St. Clair’s Eli Pinnoo returns a shot during the Division 3 regional at Sanborn Park.

This is the first of two Pinnoos on this list as freshman Eli Pinnoo showed exactly how bright his future will be with a great season at No. 2 singles. He made plenty of noise with a 19-8 record while playing in the competitive MAC Red, also winning a Division 3 No. 2 singles regional title. With his help, the Saints reached their 19th straight state tournament, and something tells us Eli will help this team extend that streak for years to come.

Seth Pinnoo, St. Clair
St. Clair Saints' Seth Pinnoo prepares to return a serve Monday, Sept. 12, during boys tennis action against Port Huron Northern at Sanborn Park tennis courts.

St. Clair Saints’ Seth Pinnoo prepares to return a serve Monday, Sept. 12, during boys tennis action against Port Huron Northern at Sanborn Park tennis courts.

St. Clair entered the season with one of the most talented singles lineups seen in the area in recent memory. Seth Pinnoo was the man headlining that powerful group in the No. 1 singles slot, piecing together a 17-8 overall record and capturing a No. 1 singles regional title in Division 3 at the end of the season.

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