After wet weather dominated much of this past spring sports season, it set its sights Wednesday on the opening day of the fall season.
But the Blue Water Invitational tennis tournament found a way to finish, despite a pair of rain delays. St. Clair, which hosted the singles portion of the event, won all eight flights en route to 22 points and a first-place finish in the event. Marysville was second with 13, followed by Port Huron with eight and Marine City with one.
“All of the teams really had a lot of turnover (from last year),” St. Clair coach Dave Clutts said. “I was actually surprised with the quality of everybody.”
Because of the rain, not all eight flights were able to play all the way through, but champions were still crowned in the flights that did not finish.
At No. 1 singles, St. Clair’s Seth Pinnoo was named the champion, with Port Huron’s Cameron Lee finishing second. The two did not play each other, but Pinnoo had better results against common opponents.
The same thing happened at No. 2 singles, where Garrett Vigneron of St. Clair was first and Cody Hanson of Marysville was second.
At No. 3 singles, St. Clair’s Troy Distelrath was first, with Isaiah Rousey of Port Huron finishing second. Distelrath defeated Rousey 7-6 in the first set. After the tiebreaker, the match was called because of rain.
St. Clair’s Santino Lawrence won at No. 4 singles, defeating Erik Koppel of Marysville, who placed second, 6-0, 6-4.
St. Clair won all of the doubles flights, with Marysville coming in second in each of them.
Ryan Maben and Sean McCormick won at No. 1 doubles, defeating Hunter Robbins and John Collins 6-0, 6-0. Loren Isaac and Colton Maynard won at No. 2 doubles, defeating Dillon Johnson and Justin Badley 6-4, 6-4.
At No. 3 doubles, Joe Marcath and Matt Tetreau defeated Marshal Hall and Connor Eagen 6-2 in the first set, and were leading 3-2 in the second. At No. 4 doubles, Ben Morgulec and Nolan Lyons defeated Noah Burgess and Aaron Tuefel 6-0 in the first set, and led 2-0 in the second.
“I see potential,” said Clutts, who has eight new starters in his lineup. “The big thing is, I thought they did well, but they’re going to have to get a lot better if we want to keep our streak going of getting back to state. We like where we started, but don’t want to be happy with where we’re at.”