Boys tennis roundup: Okemos earns CAAC Blue title

Boys tennis roundup: Okemos earns CAAC Blue title

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Boys tennis roundup: Okemos earns CAAC Blue title

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Okemos earned championships in seven of eight flights to win the CAAC Blue tournament Thursday on its own courts while repeating as league champions.

The Chiefs compiled 55 points to top East Lansing and Jackson, which tied for second with 39. Holt and Grand Ledge followed closely with 37 and 30, respectively.

“It was even more than what I hoped for,” Okemos coach Chris Silker said. “This is probably the best tennis I’ve seen out of my kids this year so far.”

Jackson’s Jussi Toivanan, an exchange student from Finland, kept Okemos from making it a clean sweep when he topped Chiefs senior Elan Dantus 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 at first flight singles.

“(Dantus) fought hard against a phenomenal player,” Silker said. “That was some of the best tennis I’ve seen from him in a long time.”

Okemos sophomore Jordan Jacobsen and senior Mazen Oweiss avenged dual match losses to Jackson junior Michael Benedetto and senior Seth Lyons, respectively, while capturing second and third flight singles titles.

Junior Alex Go filled in for an ill Chiefs teammate and joined senior Denton Wu in an upset of No. 1-seeded East Lansing junior Nick Reynolds and freshman Jesse Wade at third doubles.

Okemos senior Kevin Hutsell and sophomore Adham Oweiss had to overcome a 4-3 deficit in the third set to avoid an upset and edge East Lansing freshmen Peyton Brogan and Caleb Hoekstra, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, at second doubles.

CAAC RED: Haslett repeated as league champion with 43 points to runner-up DeWitt’s 40 and third-place Fowlerville’s 36 at St. Johns.

The Vikings won at third singles with Matt Stewart and swept the four doubles flights with senior Andy Stamm and sophomore Will Holton, senior Dillon Kleihage and sophomore Toby Bepler, seniors Max Novak and Noah Taylor, and senior Matt Baugh and sophomore Jack VonAchen, Stamm and Holton had to go to a third-set tiebreaker to nip DeWitt junior Drew Zamiara and senior Cameron Smith.

DeWitt senior Sam Shuster went to three sets to edge Haslett senior Mitch Stewart at No. 1 singles, as did Fowlerville senior Jacob Prochnow against DeWitt junior Caimen Barber at No. 2 singles. Junior Drew Vielbig was Fowlerville’s other flight champion at No. 4 singles.

CAAC GOLD: Charlotte sophomore Alex Reinbold captured the No. 1 singles title, but that was the only flight not won by champion Jackson Lumen Christi or runner-up Parma Jackson County Western.

Lumen Christi, which won four flights to Parma’s three, tied the Panthers with 50 points on Thursday at Mason but earned the overall league title because the Titans won the dual match between the two earlier in the season.

Charlotte edged Mason for third place, 39-30, after the two teams had tied in their dual match and for third place coming into the tournament. Also advancing to finals for the Orioles were sophomore Noah Clark at No. 4 singles final and freshman Kyle Peterson and junior Gus Shewchuck at No. 3 doubles.

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