NOTE: S–singles, D–doubles, sr.–senior, jr.–junior, so.–sophomore, fr.–freshman
Not all flights were determined when coaches submitted their information.
CAPITAL AREA ACTIVITIES CONFERENCE (CAAC) BLUE
Coaches’ predictions: 1. Okemos, 2. Holt, 3. East Lansing, 4. Jackson, 5. Grand Ledge, 6. Eastern, 7. Sexton
Top players: Joe Gilman (Holt), Jordan Jacobsen (Okemos), Dinakar Talluri (Okemos), Caleb Hoekstra (East Lansing)
Last year: 3rd (3-2)
Coach: Karim Jelassi (6th season)
Top returning players: Caleb Hoekstra (jr. D), Grant Williams (sr. S), Brayden Hanks (sr. S), Peyton Brogan (jr. D), Jesse Wade (jr. D), Nathaniel Dalton (jr. D), William Lou (so. S)
Other contributors: Max Tyler (jr. S), Connor Foley (jr. D), Silas Brainard (jr. D)
Outlook: The Trojans return only two seniors in 2015. Junior Caleb Hoekstra and Peyton Brogan will lead the doubles group, which Karim Jelassi feels is the strength of his team.
Last year: 6th (0-5)
Coach: Renee Hoekstra (1st season)
Top returning players: Justin James (jr. S), John Murdoch (jr. S), Jonathan Hudy-Velasco (jr. S)
Other contributors: Grant Jason (fr. S), Undra Brown (jr. D)
Outlook: First-year coach Renee Hoekstra hopes to continue to grow the Quakers’ tennis program this season. Hoekstra will have a leader in junior Justin James, who was honorable mention all-conference last year. Eastern will have a heap of first-year players, and Hoekstra hopes they continue to grow throughout the season.
Last year: 5th (2-5)
Coach: Mark Barrett (8th season)
Top returning players: Jackson Vanderlaan (sr. S), Eric Thompson (jr. D), Ben Reynolds (jr. D), Ben Flowerday (jr. D), Alex Baribeau (sr. D), Collin Fox (sr. D)
Other contributors: Braedon Stokes (fr.), Adam Kimmeth (fr.), Luke Chapman (fr.)
Outlook: The Comets return six players from last year’s team in hopes of improving from a fifth-place finish in the CAAC Blue. Coach Mark Barrett feels he has three promising freshmen in Braedon Stokes, Adam Kimmeth and Luke Chapman, and says they could “develop into strong high school players.”
Last year: 2nd (5-1)
Coach: Russ Olcheske (9th season)
Top returning players: Joe Gilman (sr. S), Thomas Corner (sr. S), Derik Harmer (sr. D), Tyler Brown (jr. S), Zach Jarrad (sr. D), Joe Corner (so. D), Israel Trevino (sr.), Zach Croze (sr. D)
Other contributors: Grant Higdon (sr. D), Corey Gilsdorf (sr. D), Zach Baker (jr. D), Cael Weaver (so.), Willie Huyhn (jr.)
Outlook: Russ Olcheske, last year’s LSJ coach of the year, welcomes back several key pieces from the Rams’ second-place team from a year ago. Senior Joe Gilman, who was a LSJ Dream Team member last season and has spent the last three year’s at No. 1 singles, will lead “the most experienced Holt team in recent history,” according to Olcheske. Gilman more than likely will finish his career as the school’s all-time wins leader and Olcheske will likely surpass 100 coaching victories.
Last year: 1st (5-0)
Coach: Chris Silker (5th season)
Top returning players: Jordan Jacobsen (sr. S), Dinakar Talluri (so. S), Deniz Kalfa (so. D), Parth Redey (sr. S), Kartikeya Kandula (sr. S)
Other contributors: Daniel Gorelik (fr. S), Zal Chinoy (fr. D)
Outlook: Jordan Jacobsen and Dinakar Talluri, who were both Division 2 all-state and LSJ Dream Team honorees last season, will lead an Okemos team that coach Chris Silker says is as deep as he’s had in the past few seasons. One of the Chiefs’ goals this season is to win the East Lansing regional, something they haven’t done the past five seasons.
Last year: 7th
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CAPITAL AREA ACTIVITIES CONFERENCE (CAAC) RED
Coaches’ predictions: 1. Haslett, t-2. DeWitt, t-2. St. Johns, 4. Mason, 5. Owosso, 6. Waverly
Top players: Johnny Choi (Haslett), Matt Stewart (Haslett), Addison Swarthout (St. Johns), Jamison Cleaver (St. Johns)
Last year: 2nd (4-1)
Coach: David Richter (1st season)
Top returning players: Nick Kleitch (jr. S), Beau Sigmon (sr. D), Ian Cummings (sr. D)
Other contributors: Austin Cordes (sr.), Matt Loop (sr.)
Outlook: David Richter takes over a DeWitt team that has only three returning varsity players. The Panthers are a young team, and Richter says his squad is “looking to develop our fundamentals and peak during regionals.” Nick Kleitch looks to lead the singles group, while Beau Sigmon and Ian Cummings will lead the doubles.
Last year: 1st (5-0)
Coach: Henry Brunnschweiler (14th season)
Top returning players: Johnny Choi (sr. S), Matt Stewart (sr. S), Will Holton (sr. S), Nate Choi (sr. S), Nick Baugh (so. S), Toby Bepler (sr. D), Jake Michaud (jr. D), Alex Stanulis (so. D), Nick Radecki (jr. D), Sam Zayko (so. D)
Other contributors: Nate Glaza (jr. D), Gokul Murali (jr. D), Luke Bollman (so. D), Erich Hairston (sr. D), Winston Mallory (sr. D)
Outlook: The Vikings return 10 of 12 starters from last year’s top-10 Division 3 team. Coach Henry Brunnschweiler believes his team has the talent to have the best season in school history. Seniors Johnny Choi and Matt Stewart, an LSJ Dream Team member last season, lead a Haslett team that is looking to capture its fifth consecutive league and regional crowns. Brunnschweiler hopes the Vikings can break into the top five in Division 3.
Last year: 4th (1-3-1)
Coach: James Joyce (2nd season)
Top returning players: Charlie Schaberg (jr. S), Austin Sager (sr. S), Logan Thomas (sr. D), Fernando Carrertero (sr. S)
Other contributors: Cameron Hause (jr.), Wes Bird (jr.)
Outlook: With Charlie Schaberg leading the way, James Joyce’s team returns all of its singles players from last season. Joyce says the Bulldogs have a team with “some serious athletic background,” and he believes his squad will be tough competitors this year.
Last year: 5th (0-4-1)
Coach: Mike Raffaelli (20th season)
Top returning players: Patrick Vreibel (jr. S), Randy Dorff (jr. S), Cole Mallory (so. D), Anna Raffaelli (so. D), Blake Vallie (sr. D), Chase Mallory (sr. D), Andrew Schlaack (so. D)
Other contributors: Blake Beaune (so. S), Arthur Lavigne (so. S), Gerritt Springsdorf (so. D), Brendan Dewley (so. D), Daniel Hood (so. D)
Outlook: Coach Mike Raffaelli returns several athletes from last year’s team in hopes of improving from a fifth-place league finish. Juniors Patrick Vreibel and Randy Dorff look to lead the singles group, while Cole Mallory and Anna Raffaelli are atop the doubles group.
Last year: 3rd (3-2)
Coach: Josh Gove (2nd season)
Top returning players: Jamison Cleaver (sr. S), Addison Swarthout (sr. S), Lee Rademacher (sr. D), David Suidgeest (sr. D), Caleb Paksi (jr. D), Andy Briggs (jr. D)
Other contributors: Tony Fedewa (sr. D), Joey Deliso (so. S)
Outlook: The Redwings return seven players from last year’s team that earned some type of all-conference honors. Seniors Jamison Cleaver and Addison Swarthout — both have been on varsity all four years — lead a singles group that has the potential to be one of the conference’s best. Seniors Lee Rademacher and David Suidgeest are St. Johns’ No. 1 doubles duo.
Last year: 6th (0-5)
Coach: Jerry Smith (4th season)
Top returning players: Tariq Williams (sr. S), Brock Landon (sr. S), Jared Andrews (sr. D)
Outlook: The Warriors return only five players from last season’s team. Coach Jerry Smith says he has a small squad that is rebuilding. Tariq Williams, Brock Landon and Jared Andrews are all four-year varsity players.
CAPITAL AREA ACTIVITIES CONFERENCE (CAAC) WHITE
Coaches’ predictions: 1. Portland, 2. Lansing Catholic, 3. Williamston, 4. Fowlerville, 5. Eaton Rapids, 6. Ionia
Top players: Oliver Weaver (Williamston), Vince Orlando (Lansing Catholic), Bailey VanHouten (Portland), Bobby Eppler (Ionia)
Last year: 5th
Coach: Ryan Anderson (11th season)
Top returning players: Nathan Marcus (sr. S), Brandon Kerby (sr. D), Austin Kerby (sr. D), Alex Luttrell (jr. S), Garrett Grulke (jr. D), William Babbitt (so. D)
Outlook: The Greyhounds return six veterans from last year’s squad to try and improve from last year’s fifth-place finish. Coach Ryan Anderson says his team “will continue to improve as the season progresses.”
Last year: 4th (6-4-1)
Coach: Jim Jonas (10th season)
Top returning players: Zach Wilber (sr. S), Steve Quigley (jr. S), Bryant Martin (jr. D), Tyler Bennett (jr. D), Dan Gilaj (jr. D)
Other contributors: Kenny Kline (so.)
Outlook: The Gladiators lost half of their singles and most of their doubles from last season. With only one senior and 10 new players on the roster, coach Jim Jonas believes this season will be a rebuilding one for Fowlerville. Jonas says a .500 record and a top-four finish at regionals are among the team’s goals.
Last year: 6th (2-8-1)
Coach: Cally Redder (3rd season)
Top returning players: Bobby Eppler (jr. S), Justin Nutt (sr. S), Daniel Fountain (jr. S)
Other contributors: JT Longanbach (so. D), Brandon Miller (jr. S)
Outlook: Bobby Eppler, who was all-conference last year, returns to a Bulldogs team that is mixed with veterans and youth. Justin Nutt and Daniel Fountain will join Eppler as a part of Ionia’s singles group, and Brandon Miller, who was No. 2 doubles last season, will be the team’s No. 4 singles player. Coach Cally Redder says his team has “several very athletic, but new-to-tennis players” and expects them to battle hard in the CAAC White.
Last year: t-1st (4-1)
Coach: Ron Landfair (14th season)
Top returning players: Matt Phelps (sr. D), Carter Moore (so. D), Charlie Mora (so.), Garret Fedewa (sr.)
Other contributors: Vince Orlando (fr. S), Parrish Robart (fr. S), Justin Stanley (fr. S)
Outlook: The Cougars graduated a record 13 seniors from last season’s team and lost juniors Chris Heeder and Jacob Ramont to other sports. Lansing Catholic “will try to reboot on the fly,” according to coach Ron Landfair. However, despite the drastic roster change, the Cougars usher in a heap of newcomers that are expected to make noise in the conference. Freshman Vince Orlando earned the No. 1 singles slot, and freshmen Parrish Robart and Justin Stanley also earned singles positions. Senior Matt Phelps, who was a conference and regional champion last year, is one of only two seniors on the team.
Last year: t-1st (5-0)
Coach: Jim Niebling (26th season)
Top returning players: Bailey VanHouten (sr. S), Conner Davis (sr. S), Jared Schrauben (sr. S), Cole Schneider (sr. D), Trevor Trierweiler (sr. D), Blake Guy (sr. D), Ryan Elliott (sr. D)
Other contributors: Chris Platte (jr.), Jack Lufkin (jr.), Kyle Leonard (jr.), Ryan Lefke (so.)
Outlook: Jim Niebling’s team is one of the more veteran-laden squads he’s had in years. In addition, Niebling said this group of Greyhounds is probably the “hardest working group” he’s seen. Eaton Rapids returns five seniors — Jared Schrauben, Cole Schneider, Trevor Trierweiler, Blake Guy and Ryan Elliot — that won league and regional championships last year.
Last year: 3rd
Coach: Nate Schwarzbeck (2nd season)
Top returning players: Oliver Weaver (so. S), Alex Kemp (jr. S), Daniel O’Toole (jr. S), Ben Heilman (so. D), Nathan Scott (so. D)
Other contributors: Matthew Baker (fr.), Zach VanDeuren (fr.)
Outlook: Second-year coach Nate Schwarzbeck has a youthful Williamston team, but one with accomplishments. Sophomore Oliver Weaver was Division 4 all-state, all-conference, and was a quarterfinalist at the state meet as a freshman. Alex Kemp, Daniel O’Toole, Ben Heilman and Nathan Scott were all all-conference selections last year as well. Schwarzbeck expects the Hornets to compete for a league crown in 2015 but know they will have to knock off Lansing Catholic and Portland to do so.
Last year: 6th (Interstate-8)
Coach: Ted Reinbold (3rd season)
Top returning players: Alex Reinbold (sr. S), Noah Clark (sr. S), James Olson (so. S), Mickey Williamson (jr. D), Alex McClean (jr. D), Nick Yeager (sr. D), Thomas Monschein (jr. D), Kris Hulsebos (jr. D)
Other contributors: John Nulf (jr. D), Mark Dansereau (jr.)
Outlook: The Orioles return one of the area’s top players in Alex Reinbold, who holds a career record of 78-8 and is a two-time all-state selection. Coach Ted Reinbold likes his team’s mix of experience and youth and hopes to finish in the top half of the Interstate-8. Noah Clark was a regional runner-up last season, and the No. 1 doubles duo of Mickey Williamson and Alex McClean returns for another season.
Last year: 8th (Tri-Valley Conference)
Coach: Marc Mercer (6th season)
Top returning players: Jon Palmer (jr. S), Josh King (so. S), Brandon Graves (jr. D), Brenden Johnson (jr. S), Eli Bongard (jr. D), Jordie Bird (sr. D), Caleb Teed (Sr. D)
Other contributors: Kyle Sparks (fr.), Owen Pierce (fr.), Noah Burks (sr.)
Outlook: Last season, the Yellowjackets had several first-year players. In 2015, coach Marc Mercer is excited to see how much each player will grow during the season. Junior Jon Palmer and sophomore Josh King look to lead the singles group, while Brandon Graves and Eli Bongard are returning to the doubles group. Mercer says the team’s goals are to continue to build throughout the season and to play strong in the TVC and regional tournament.
Coach: Martin Snoap (24th season)
Top returning players: Nick Schuiling (jr. S), Spencer Heyl (sr. S), Evan Petersen (sr. D), Ian Smith (jr. D), Austin Davis (sr. D), George McNeil (jr. D), Jacob Elliot (jr. D)
Other contributors: Caleb Farlee (fr. S), Khyle Cross (fr. D), Chase Salgat (fr. D)
Outlook: The Vikings, who are independent, return several players from last year’s team. Nick Schuiling returns in the No. 1 singles spot, and senior Spencer Heyl made the jump from No. 1 doubles to No. 2 singles. Freshman Caleb Farlee is the No. 3 singles for Lakewood, and freshmen Khyle Cross and Chase Salgat are the No. 3 doubles duo.
Last year: 8-1-1 (Independent)
Coach: Dick Winters (10th season)
Top returning players: Jordan Beasley (sr. S-D), Reese Brockhaus (sr. S), Bailey Craddock (jr. S-D), Gage Cutler (jr. S-D), Jon Hull (jr. S-D), Daniel Jacobson (sr. S-D), Matthew Jacobson (so. S-D), Caleb Neff (sr. S-D), Bo Tate (jr. D)
Other contributors: Nick Booth (fr. S-D), Griff Brockhaus (fr. S-D), Michael Jacobson (fr. S-D), Jack Khoury (fr. S-D)
Outlook: The combined Leslie-Lansing Christian team is coming off of its best season in school history. Last season, the team finished the season with an 8-1-1 record and finished third in a Division 4 regional with 16 points (18 are needed to qualify a team for the state finals). Leslie-Lansing Christian will return nine players from its 2014 team and, despite some inexperience, coach Dick Winters feels his team can be competitive once again during the regular season and postseason. Senior Jordan Beasley returns, as he was 20-6 at No. 4 singles last year.
Last year: 5-6 (Tri-Valley Conference)
Coach: Ed Tyler (3rd season)
Top returning players: Clayton Alaga (sr.), Alex Arnst (sr.), Jack Price (sr.), Ryan Stevens (sr.), Dylan Brown (sr.), Kyle Wendling (sr.), John Moore, Cody Simons, Aeden Reiner, Dylan Kinnamon
Other contributors: Isiah Zimmerman, Conner Applebee, Joshua Peckens, David Hajek, Felix Klose, Alex Pundee
Outlook: The Marauders should improve from last season’s 3-5 league finish with several experienced players returning to the team.