Three area teams from St. Joseph and Kalamazoo Counties hoisted district boys tennis trophies Wednesday and earned spots in next week’s Michigan High School Athletic Association state finals in their respective divisions.
On their home courts, the Portage Central Mustangs defeated rival Portage Northern (6-2) and topped Byron Center (5-3) to earn a spot in the state finals. Individual match scores were not reported. The Mustangs moved on to the finals in Midland.
At Augspurger Courts, Sturgis handled Niles with ease, 7-1, before topping Stevensville Lakeshore 5-3 in the finals with a strong effort from its doubles teams, which went 8-0 for the day. The Trojans will compete in the MHSAA Division 3 finals Oct. 15-17 at sites around the Holland area.
Sturgis 7, Niles 1
1 Singles: Matt Wynes (S) d. Chase Lotsbaich (N) 6-2, 6-1
2 Singles: Leonardo Passeri (N) d. Walter Ebert (S) 6-3, 6-3
3 Singles: Sam Rehm (S) d. Justin Russo (N) 6-0, 6-0
4 Singles: Garrett Meyer (S) d. Gavin Mahar (N) 6-0, 6-1
1 Doubles: Tyler Bohacz/Grayson Swihart (S) d. Sam Knight/Huck Coffee (N) 6-0, 6-3
2 Doubles: Max Scheske/Adam Donmeyer (S) d. Brandon Kosten/Ty Elms (N) 6-0, 6-0
3 Doubles: Justin Herblet/Aiden Whitehead (S) d. Wyatt Mitchell/Rylan Custard (N) 6-0, 6-1
4 Doubles: Ian Earl/Luke Frost (S) d. Jackson Podlin/Ryker Daniel (N) 6-0, 6-0
Sturgis 5, Stevensville Lakeshore 3
1 Singles: Tyler Coates (SL) d. Matt Wynes (S) 7-6(4), 6-3
2 Singles: Landon Coates (SL) d. Walter Ebert (S) 6-2, 6-1
3 Singles: Sam Rehm (S) d. Tristan Ficks (SL) 6-0, 6-7(8), 6-4
4 Singles: Robbie Wessendorf (SL) d. Garrett Meyer (S) 7-6(8), 6-4
1 Doubles: Tyler Bohacz/Grayson Swihart (S) d. Charles Gaishin/Nolan Wilford (SL) 6-1, 6-3
2 Doubles: Max Scheske/Adam Donmeyer (S) d. Joshua Pauls/Ethan Mealman (SL) 6-1, 6-1
3 Doubles: Justin Herblet/Aiden Whitehead (S) d. Josh Tomlinson/Rishi Kapalura (SL) 6-1, 6-1
4 Doubles: Ian Earl/Luke Frost (S) d. Samuel Bredeweg/Ishaan Gupta (SL) 6-0, 6-1
Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Prep advanced to the Division 4 state finals after a semifinal bye and an 8-0 victory over Otsego in the finals. Individual match results were not reported.