Prep roundup: Petoskey, Harbor win tennis tournament titles
Petoskey High School tennis team co-captains Brandon Pomranke (left) and Zach Phillips display the trophy they and their teammates earned Saturday by winning the Midland High Invitational. (courtesy photo / September 10, 2012)
The Northmen won seven of eight flights on Saturday to win the Midland High Boys Tennis Invitational for the third consecutive year.
The tournament title came one day after the Northmen dropped a dual to Midland Dow, 8-0. Dow is the two-time defending Division II state champion, and the latest in along line of outstanding programs the Northmen have faced in the 2012 season.
"Hard to swallow an 8-0 loss to Midland Dow," Petoskey coach John Boyer said. "But I think we learned from those loss to (the likes of) Dow and Detroit Country Day, and we carry them into our following matches."
The Northmen, who are ranked sixth in the Division III state coaches poll, finished with 46 points to win going away. Host Midland was second with 25, followed by Traverse City West, 23; Fenton, 15; St. Johns, 14; and Bay City John Glenn, 0.
Petoskey won the championship at all four doubles flights and was first in three of the four singles flights. Pro-set scoring was used in every match leading up to the final.
At No. 1 singles, Petoskey's Zach Phillips beat T.C. West, 10-0; then topped Midland, 10-6. In the final, Phillips downed Zach Peters of St. Johns, 6-0, 6-2.
At No. 2 singles, Petoskey's Cam Ludlow opened with a bye, then defeated T.C. West, 10-0; and outlasted Midland's Jonathon Hentschal in the final, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 10-8.
"I know (Ludlow) was pretty tired and he was able overcome the fatigue to pull that one out," Boyer said.
At No. 4 singles, Petoksey's Nico Ceniza opened with a 10-0 win over John Glenn; then topped Fenton, 10-2. In the final, Ceniza defeated Midland's Drew Davis, 7-6 (6), 7-5.
Petoskey's No. 1 doubles team of Mitch Reynolds-Brandon Pomranke drew a first-round bye, then topped St. Johns, 10-3, and in the final defeated T.C. West, 6-4, 6-1.
"Their final match with West was really close, back and fourth in the first set," Boyer said.
At No. 2 doubles, Petoskey's Conner Allen-Will Hartwick won a grueling 10-9 (3) battle with St. Johns in their opening match, then rolled past Fenton, 10-1. In the final, Allen-Hartwick topped Midland, 6-2, 6-2.
"Two doubles did a really nice job," Boyer said. "In the first round they were up 7-4 against the St. Johns team and St. Johns tied it at 9-all. They just gutted it out and picked up the win and they pretty much cruised the rest of the day."
At No. 3 doubles, Petoskey's Tommy Kidd-Sam Robbins opened with a 10-5 win over Midland, then rolled past John Glenn, 10-0, in a semifinal match. Kidd-Robbins then defeated Fenton, 6-1, 6-1, in the final.
Petoskey's Caleb Mitchum-Mitch Rider, playing at No. 4 doubles, opened with a 10-3 win over Fenton, then topped Midland, 10-1. In the final, they beat T.C. West, 7-5, 6-2.
"They were down 0-3 in the first set (against West) and came back and won the first set and just cruised in the second set," Boyer said.
Petoskey's Christian Wilder finished second at No. 2 singles.
Wilder received a first-round bye, then topped T.C. West, 10-0, before falling to Midland's Derick Jacobs, 6-2, 5-7, 10-4, in the final.