The Coldwater High boys’ tennis team finished in a tie for seventh place in the MHSAA Division 3 state championships that began Friday and concluded Saturday at Kalamazoo College’s Stowe Stadium.
Coldwater — under the direction of second-year head coach Johnny Sammons — was making its first state finals appearance since 1996.
The Cardinals had four flights reach the quarterfinal round of the tourney, and in the process, picked up 11 points.
Sturgis, a SMAC foe of Coldwater’s, also tied for seventh with 11 points.
Detroit Country Day won the team title with 39 points, followed by East Grand Rapids in second with 27 and St. Joe in third with 26.
Falling in the quarterfinal round for Coldwater were:
* No. 1 singles Derek Sammons, a junior and the No. 4 seed, who was topped 6-1, 7-5 by Spring Lake’s No. 5 seed Ryan Fedewa.
* No. 3 singles Dylan Linkater, a senior, who was downed 6-0, 6-1 by eventual flight champ and No. 2 seed Jakob Gahn of Detroit Country Day.
* Seniors Ben Hicks and Chris Chartrand at No. 1 doubles. They were defeated by top-seeded Detroit Country Day’s Blake Burstein and Damian Runkle 6-2, 6-1.
* And, freshmen Keagen Dwyer and Nolan Duda at No. 3 doubles. They were eliminated by second-seeded Jake Los and Scott Edewaard of Holland Christian 6-4, 6-2.
The rest of the Cardinals’ players (at No. 1 and No. 3 singles, and at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles) were eliminated Friday prior to quarterfinal-round play.