Lansing Catholic earned its seventh boys tennis league title in the past 10 years by taking five of the eight flights while winning the CAAC White league tournament Thursday at Portland.
Portland took second place in the tournament with 35 points, just two points behind the Cougars while finishing second in the league overall. Corunna placed third with 18 points.
“I thought we played terribly well,” Lansing Catholic coach Ron Landfair said. “We have a solid team, we’re a tough out for anyone. We’ve played a lot of good teams, and Portland is one of those teams.”
The Cougars swept the four singles flights and won the top doubles match, while the Raiders finished second in those and won the other three.
The result was similar in the dual match between the two teams earlier in the year, in which Lansing Catholic defeated Portland 5-3.
Raiders coach Jim Niebling said that his team has improved since then.
“Going into the season, we knew we had a lot of talent to replace,” Niebling said. “I love how hard the guys have been working in the past few weeks. To be this close to them is a credit to how well we played.”
Junior Matt Heeder won the top singles flight for Lansing Catholic in dominating fashion, beating senior Parker Haskin of Lakewood 6-0, 6-0 in the flight semifinal and Portland senior Zach Platte 6-0, 6-3 in the final.
Senior Anthony Davis, freshman Chris Heeder and freshman Jacob Ramont took first place in the second, third and fourth singles flights, respectively — all in straight sets.
Lansing Catholic’s win in first doubles was a battle, however, as seniors Emmett Lehman and Chris Castellani needed three tough sets and a third-set tiebreaker to finally vanquish Portland seniors Colin Gensterblum and Alex Hoppes 6-2, 1-6, 7-6.
Portland seniors Asher Dorshimer and Chandler Ferris won the second doubles flight, juniors Brycen Adams and Nathan Ruddy took the third doubles flight and senior Daniel Davis and junior Lane Fogarty won the fourth doubles title.
Landfair said that his team is primed for a historic season.
“We’ve got the players to take a run at (the state title). We’ve got the leadership to lead this team properly,” he said. “But we do have a regional to go to before we can get to the state finals, so we’ll take it one tournament at a time.”