The Michigan High School Athletic Association boys’ tennis State Finals will feature a little bit of everything from locals this Friday.
The perennial local power in Lakeview. The up-and-comer in Bronson. And the athlete representing his school in Pennfield’s Evan Thomas.
Rounds 1-3 are on Friday, with the semifinals and finals set for Saturday at sites across the state.
Lakeview returns for another shot at a top-10 finish in Division 2 after placing eighth a season ago. The Spartans have advanced to the state meet for seven straight seasons, and will compete at the Division 2 Finals at Holly/Fenton (at Holly High Shool, Fenton High School, and Genesys Athletic Club).
Bronson returns to the state finals for the first time in over 15 years, as the Vikings will play in the Division 4 finals at Kalamazoo College’s Stowe Stadium. Bronson finished runner-up in its regional to advance to the state finals.
“We’re hoping to get a couple points,” said Bronson head coach Steve Steward. “Anything would be nice. It’s going to be tough because the teams are so good up there. But they continue to surprise me.”
Pennfield’s Thomas will be the Panthers’ lone representative at the Division 4 finals after advancing by way of his regional runner-up finish. It will be his second trip to the finals in as many seasons.
Here’s a breakdown of all of the opening matches for local players:
* Lakeview: At No. 1 singles, sixth-seeded Hans Lee received a bye and will face the winner of Alex Barberio (Dexter) and Calvin Greer (Birmingham Groves).
At No. 2 singles, Brij Banerji received a by and will face top-seeded Austin Woody (Midland Dow) in the second round.
At No. 3 singles, fifth-seeded Cameron Babas received a bye and will face David Gwizdala (Bloomfield Hills Lahser) in the second round.
At No. 4 singles, Mayuto Kobayashi will face Matt Jones (Ortonville-Brandon).
At No. 1 doubles, sixth-seeded Matt Denison and Stan Lassen received a bye and will face Zach Duff and Nick Noel (Ortonville-Brandon) in the second round.
At No. 2 doubles, Jacob Derry and Tyler Horan received a bye and will face top-seeded David Goslin and Collin Angell (Midland Dow) in the second round.
At No. 3 doubles, Andy McCotter and Black DeBree received a bye and will face Matt Baker and Andrew Piasecki (Wyandotte Roosevelt) in the second round.
At No. 4 doubles, fourth-seeded Ed Ryan and John Ryan received a bye and will face Cameron Peres and Ben Weisberg (Bloomfield Hills Andover) in the second round.
* Bronson: At No. 1 singles, David Clemencio will face Nicholas Solarewicz (Grand Rapids West Catholic).
At No. 2 singles, Robert O’Rourke will face Jeremy Morse (Essexville Garber).
At No. 3 singles, Jonah Houtz received a bye and will face third-seeded Nick Linck (Grand Rapids West Catholic).
At No. 4 singles, Patrick Brabon will face Clayton Teachout (Portland).
At No. 1 doubles, James Ramsey and Ryan Hagen will face Jared Burk and Daniel Brown (Paw Paw).
At No. 2 doubles, Austin Pierson and Damion Smith will face Collin Siwula and Tyler Henry (Paw Paw).
At No. 3 doubles, Ryan O’Rourke and Sawyer Maddox received a bye and will face sixth-seeded Calvin Haagsma and Matt Hurley (Comstock Park).
At No. 4 doubles, Kyler Scheenks and Phillip Mandoka received a bye and will face sixth-seeded Matt Benjamin and Cody Sunderlin (Comstock Park).
* Pennfield: No. 1 singles, Evan Thomas received a bye, will face Gabe Bartosiewicz (Sag. Nouvel) in the 2nd round.