The Lansing Catholic boys tennis team is tied for third place with 18 points, just five behind leader Ann Arbor Greenhills after the first day of the Division 4 state finals in Holly and Grand Blanc.
Greenhills has 23 points, Grand Rapids West Catholic 19, and Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 18 along with the Cougars heading into today’s semifinals and finals.
“It’s very gratifying to get points at every flight,” Lansing Catholic coach Ron Landfair said. “Everyone won a first-round match and that’s a key. The fact that we have half our team still alive is a big plus.
“We’re not out of it yet, because there’s a potential eight points out there yet.”
Those who have reached the semifinals for the Cougars include junior Matt Heeder at No. 1 singles, senior Anthony Davis at No. 2 singles, seniors Chris Castellani and Emmett Lehman at No. 1 doubles, and junior Ben Clark and senior Evan Ward at No. 3 doubles.
Heeder, who is seeded first, will try to make it four straight years that a player from the CAAC White has emerged as a Division 4 state champion at No. 1 singles.
Lansing Catholic’s Paul Heeder, Portland’s Chance Conley and Williamston’s Michael Sienko have earned the title the past three years, and Williamston’s Peter Sienko reached the final before losing the two years before that.
Portland is in seventh place with 12 points, just one point behind fifth-place Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic and Traverse City St. Francis.
Seniors Colin Gensterblum and Alex Hoppes have reached the semifinals at No. 1 doubles along with seniors Asher Dorshimer and Chandler Ferris at No. 2 doubles, and juniors Brycen Adams and Nathan Ruddy at No. 3 doubles for the eighth-ranked Raiders.
DIVISION 2 at HOLLAND: Okemos sophomore Jordan Jacobsen has reached the quarterfinals at No. 2 singles along with sophomore Kartikeya Kamdula at No. 4 singles.
Other Chiefs who won in the first round but had not yet completed second-round matches included senior Elan Dantus at No. 1 singles, seniors Steven Wu and Ritwik Biswas at No. 1 doubles, and junior Nikhil Pasula and sophomore Parth Redey at No. 4 doubles.
DIVISION 3 at KALAMAZOO: Senior, CAAC Red champion and regional runner-up Sam Schuster at No. 1 singles and juniors Michael Hostetler and Nick Miehlke at No. 4 doubles reached the quarterfinals before losing for DeWitt.
The Panthers’ six points — while making their 14th straight state finals appearance — ties the most they have compiled since 2006, according to coach Steve Surtman.
Haslett earned five points as sophomore Matt Stewart advanced as far as the No. 3 singles quarterfinals with two wins, as did senior Andy Stamm and sophomore Will Holton at No. 1 doubles.
Fowlerville scored two points in its first ever state finals appearance.
Charlotte sophomore and CAAC Gold and regional champion Alex Reinbold, who qualified for state as an individual, lost 6-1, 6-4 in the second round to the second-seeded player.