Fowlerville tennis coach Jim Jonas said it was easy to tell when he knew this year’s team was more successful than last year’s in a Division 3 regional.
“Last year we had three points and were done by noon,” he said, laughing. “This year we didn’t get home until 6:30.”
That’s because the Gladiators finished third with 14 points in the regional at Haslett. The total, Jonas said, was nearly double the total of his team’s last three regionals combined (eight).
The 14 points was near Jonas’ projection for his team.
“If all of our seeds had held up, we would have had 15,” he said.
Rachel Peckens reached the finals at No. 4 singles before losing, while her teammates in singles (Cecilia Bronsberg, Madison Gilbert and Kayla Schulte) all reached the semifinals, as did the No. 4 doubles team of Alyssa Bennett and Emily Tersigni.
The third place finish is believed to be the top performance by a Fowlerville girls tennis team, which has never qualified for the state meet.
Division 2 at East Lansing
EAST LANSING – The Pirates finished with seven points, winning all but one of their first-round matches.
“The girls played to the best of their ability,” Pinckney coach Lisa Shmina said. “From where we were at the beginning (of the season), we have made a 100 percent improvement. All of our girls are coming back.”
The Pirates prepared for Thursday’s regional with a 6-3 win over Livonia Churchill on Wednesday, which Shmina believes carried over into the regional.
“The girls were warmed up and ready to go,” she said “You win the night before, and it gets you excited to play again.”
Justine Lindquist, Pinckney’s only seeded player, had a first-round bye and won her first match before losing to a girl from Okemos.
Brighton 1, Walled Lake Northern 0
BRIGHTON The Bulldogs ranked eighth in Division 1, won their first Lakes Conference title in four years by blanking the No. 2-ranked Knights at Sloan Field.
Meghan Healy’s first-half goal was the difference for the Bulldogs (9-2-4).
“It was a well-played match, with high intensity,” Brighton coach Chris Stevanovic said. “It was a great team effort by everyone. Everyone did their job tonight.”
The Bulldogs will play at Northville for the KLAA championship on Wednesday.
Fowlerville 9-6, Ionia 3-2
FOWLERVILLE – The Gladiators took another step toward the CAAC White title with the sweep at home.
In the opener, Eric Fritz had a two-run single in Fowlerville’s six-run second inning. He also got the win on the mound, allowing one hit in five innings.
In the nightcap, Fowlerville (17-5, 7-1 White) scored five times in the first. Conner Matlack got the complete-game victory.
The Gladiators meet Portland on Monday in a doubleheader to decide the division title. They play host to an invitational on Saturday.
Waterford Kettering 10-2, Pinckney 5-5
WATERFORD – Sully Davis threw a two-hitter in the nightcap, walking six and striking out five in his second career high school start.
The Pirates (6-15-1, 4-11-1) lost the first game when Kettering scored six times after a bad-hop single in the bottom of the sixth with two outs.
“Between the games I challenged them,” Pinckney coach Matt Evans said. “I let them know we had to be better (in the second game), and we were. They stepped up.”
Howell 168, Waterford Kettering 195
HOWELL – Trevor Spagnoletti paced the HIghlanders (3-4) with a 39 in their last match of the season at Chemung Hills Golf Course.
All 12 Howell golfers, varsity and junior varsity, shot 45 or better in the victory.
Hartland 150, Lakeland 173
HARTLAND – Beau Breault led the Eagles (7-0) with a 36.
Hartland saw five golfers shoot below 40 in the match at Dunham Hills.