2017-10-08 / Sports

Chesaning captures TVC tennis title


The Chesaning varsity tennis team poses with its trophy after winning the Tri-Valley Conference tournament on Monday, Oct. 2. 
Courtesy Photo The Chesaning varsity tennis team poses with its trophy after winning the Tri-Valley Conference tournament on Monday, Oct. 2. Courtesy Photo The Chesaning varsity tennis team captured its final Tri-Valley Conference title on Monday, Oct. 2, at the Midland Tennis Center, thanks primarily to a dominant performance by the doubles teams. This is Indians’ final year in the TVC, as they prepare to switch to the Mid-Michigan Activities Conference next fall.

The Indians swept all four doubles flights, and finished second in three of the four singles flights.

Chesaning was first with 26 points. Essexville Garber was second with 19 points, followed by Caro with 17 points, Frankenmuth and Hemlock tied for fourth with nine points each, Ovid-Elsie at sixth with seven points, Bullock Creek seventh with six points, Ithaca eighth with two points and Alma ninth with one point.

At number one doubles, Garrett Bishop and Ed Murphy teamed for a 6-4, 6-4 win over Garber’s Brandon Dineaur and Jacob Mannikko.

At number two doubles, Kieran Himm and Austin Rolka posted a 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 win over Garber’s Ashton Thompson and Max Johnson.

The number four doubles team of Kyle Rolfe and Garrett Powell were 6-1, 6-2 winners over John Hyland and Jacob Watson, of Garber.

All three Chesaning duos earned first team all-conference honors.

At number three doubles, Noah Rieder and Blane Eastwood were second after losing 3-6, 1-6 to Garber’s Logan Gakstatter and Grant McMartin. The pair received second team all-conference honors.

In singles play, Jarrett Kelley finished second after a 1-6, 1-6 loss to Caro’s Lucas Pinsignon at number one to receive second team honors.

At number two, Joshua Wirt lost 2-6, 3-6 to Caro’s Syrus Stranchan in the finals, earning second team all-conference.

Les Agnew lost to Garber’s Logan Brown 0-6, 4-6 in their finals matchup, good for second team honors for Agnew at the number three spot.

At number four, Dawson Giesken earned honorable mention after losing to eventual champion Seth Chapelo 3-6, 0-6 in the semifinals.

The Indians will return to Midland on Friday, Oct. 13, to play in the Division 4 regionals. They will be seeing some famil­iar faces in Alma, Garber, Frankenmuth, Hemlock, Ithaca, and Bullock Creek, along with Nouvel Catholic Central.

In earlier season action, the Indians defeated Garber 5-3 on Sept. 19, Clio 6-2 on Sept. 11, Hemlock 8-0 on Sept. 7, and Caro 6-2 on Sept. 6.

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