The Lakeview High boys’ tennis team will have two flights involved in semifinal action Saturday in the MHSAA Division 2 Finals in the Holly/Fenton area.
Advancing to the semifinals in Friday’s Day 1 action were sophomore Cameron Babas at No. 3 singles, and the No. 1 doubles duo of seniors Mat Denison and Stan Lassen.
The fifth-seeded Babas had a first-round by, then defeated David Gwizdala of Bloomfield Hills Lahser 6-4, 6-2 before topping fourth-seeded Brooks Berrodin of Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern 6-1, 6-4. In today’s semifinal, Babas will take on top-seeded Juli Guerra of Midland Dow.
The sixth-seeded Denison-Lassen of Lakeview had a first-round bye, then beat Zach Duff-Nick Noel of Ortonville Brandon 6-0, 6-0 before downing third-seeded Jackson Shaver-Matt Holden of Forest Hills Northern 6-2, 6-3. They’ll face second-seeded Daichi Hirakawa-Abhiram Krishnan of Portage Central in today’s semis.
At other flights for Lakeview — which finished eighth at state last season and is making its seventh straight appearance in the finals — Hans Lee had a first-round bye at No. 1 singles before losing 6-4, 6-4; Brij Banerji lost 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2 singles; Mayuto Kobayashi lost 6-1, 6-3 at No. 4 singles; Jacob Derry-Tyler Horan lost 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles; Andy McCotter-Blake DeBree had a first-round bye, won 6-0, 6-0 and the lost6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals at No. 3 doubles; and Ed Ryan-John Ryan had a first-round bye then lost 7-6 (3), 6-1 at No. 4 doubles.
In Kalamazoo, Pennfield’s Evan Thomas had a first-round bye then defeated Saginaw Nouvel’s Gabe Bartosiewicz 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 singles to reach the quarterfinals. In the quarters, however, Evans was topped by second-seeded Chance Conley of Portland 6-1, 6-0 and was eliminated.
Thomas, a junior, reached state as an individual by making the finals at No. 1 singles in a regional that took place last weekend at Kellogg Community College.
Meanwhile, Bronson’s team — which finished second at that same KCC regional and made state for the first time in over 15 years — did not get a player through. At No. 1 singles, David Clemencio lost 6-0, 6-0 in the first round; at No. 2, Robert O’Rourke lost 6-1, 6-2 in the first round; at No. 3, Jonah Houtz had a bye then lost to the No. 3 seed 6-0, 6-0; and at No. 4, Patrick Brabon lost 6-2, 6-1 in the first round. In doubles, at No. 1, James Ramsey-Ryan Hagen lost 6-1, 7-5 in the first round; at No. 2, Austin Pierson-Damion Smith lost 6-1, 6-0 in the first round; at No. 3, Ryan O’Rourke-Sawyer had a bye then lost to the No. 6 seed 6-1, 6-0; and at No. 4, Kyler Scheenks-Phillip Mandoka had a bye and then lost to the No. 6 seed 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-1.