Gull Lake senior Sara Remynse’s bid to capture a state No. 1 singles championship came up one match short Saturday as Remynse lost in the title match on the second and final day of action in the MHSAA Division 2 Girls’ Tennis Finals in the Holly/Grand Blanc area.
Remynse, who’s headed on scholarship to the University of Michigan this coming fall, had a bye and two victories during Friday’s first day of competition.
On Saturday, the second-seeded Remynse defeated sixth-seeded Abby Perkins of Mason 6-1, 7-5 in the semifinals before falling 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in the championship match to top-seeded Mollie Fox of Bloomfield Hills Lahser.
Remynse was Gull Lake’s lone qualifier for the state finals, and the Blue Devils wound up tied for 16th place with four points.
Lakeview, which qualified for D-2 state as a team, did not have any players advance to Saturday and wound up tied for eighth place with 10 points. Birmingham Marian was first with 28 points, Birmingham Seaholm was second with 23 points.
“Finishing in the top 10 in the state was kind of our goal going in, so things worked out the best they could for us,” said Lakeview coach Mike McGinnis. “I’m very proud of my team, and I’m happy with the way our girls competed.”
The only other local team or individual to make state in girls’ tennis, the Harper Creek squad, played in a D-3 finals at Holland. The Beavers did not have anyone advance to Saturday, and Harper Creek wound up tied for 15th as a team with three points. Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood won the team crown with 39 points, and second was Allegan with 23 points.