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Performance: Dow's Varun Shanker

Performance: Dow's Varun Shanker
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Midland Dow's Varun Shanker finished an incredibly successful and in a few ways unprecedented career Saturday by winning the No. 1 singles championship at the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 2 Final while leading the Chargers to their first team championship since 2013. ...
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D1 Champs Finish Tough Title Roads

D1 Champs Finish Tough Title Roads
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Redemption is bittersweet for Troy High School's Steve Forman. A year ago as a sophomore, Forman advanced to the Lower Peninsula Division 1 semifinals at No. 1 singles as a four seed – losing to eventual flight champion Connor Johnston of Northville.
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Top-Flight Dow Returns to Top of D2

Top-Flight Dow Returns to Top of D2
Saturday, October 15, 2016
From 2009 through 2013, the Midland Dow boys tennis team ruled Division 2 tennis in the Lower Peninsula with five consecutive MHSAA Finals championships. After placing second the last two seasons, the Chargers were determined to bring the title back to Midland this se...
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Cranes Turn Away Country Day Again

Cranes Turn Away Country Day Again
Saturday, October 15, 2016
On his seventh match point at No. 1 singles, Benji Jacobson smashed an overhead winner and had a feeling this was an important victory. It was. With just two matches left on Kalamazoo College’s Stowe Stadium courts, Jacobson’s win gave Bloomfield Hills Cra...
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Liggett Ends Greenhills' 8-Year Reign

Liggett Ends Greenhills' 8-Year Reign
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett went into Saturday’s Finals as the winningest program in Division 4 tennis history despite not having won an MHSAA title in 14 years. That changed Saturday, as the Knights both ended their long drought and also snapped Ann ...
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Preview: Familiar Foes Ready to Rematch

Preview: Familiar Foes Ready to Rematch
Thursday, October 13, 2016
The second-longest MHSAA Finals championship streak is on the line this weekend as rivals could face off to determine the champions in all four divisions played across the Lower Peninsula. Ann Arbor Greenhills has won eight straight titles in Division 4, but is ranked ...
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Holland Courts Honor Program Builder

Holland Courts Honor Program Builder
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
A few days after he stood in front of a group of admirers including friends, fellow coaches and former players – including some from his first Holland High School tennis team in 1972 – Dwayne “Tiger” Teusink drove past the courts that now bear hi...
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Greenhills Pursues '9' with Proven Formula

Greenhills Pursues '9' with Proven Formula
Friday, August 26, 2016
Ann Arbor Greenhills boys tennis coach Eric Gajar was quick with a response when asked about his team's secret to its current eight-year run as the MHSAA Division 4 champion. “The secret is having good players,” he said with a smile. Gajar, in his 22nd seas...
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Through the Years: Tennis 1925/72-2015

Through the Years: Tennis 1925/72-2015
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Tennis is another sport that goes back to the start of MHSAA championships for boys in 1925 and girls in 1972. Today's "Through the Years" takes a look at the storied histories of both.
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Westwood Runs Reign to 3 Straight

Westwood Runs Reign to 3 Straight
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Ishpeming Westwood coach Chris Jackson knew his team had to appear in the finals during the MHSAA Upper Peninsula Division 2 boys tennis tournament Thursday. They did, and won all six of their title match appearances to win the overall championship with 20 points.
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Miners, Maroons Close with Wins to Share

Miners, Maroons Close with Wins to Share
Thursday, June 2, 2016
A tale of two strategies worked out about as well as possible for the Negaunee and Menominee high school tennis teams Thursday afternoon. In the end, each won its final match of the day to forge a tie for the MHSAA Upper Peninsula Division 1 boys tennis title at the M...
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Novi, Bloomfield Hills Tie to Top D1

Novi, Bloomfield Hills Tie to Top D1
Saturday, October 17, 2015
The unexpected snow squall that hovered over the Greater Midland Tennis Center during Saturday afternoon couldn't stand in the way of the Novi boys tennis team staking a claim to the Lower Peninsula Division 1 championship.  Novi repeated as champion, tying B...
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Duo Share D2 Title, Duo Finishes Perfect Run

Duo Share D2 Title, Duo Finishes Perfect Run
Saturday, October 17, 2015
It might have seemed like a bold proclamation when the boys tennis season started in August, but Portage Central sophomore Bill Duo had a lofty expectation for what he wanted his season to be like.  “I think I was expecting to not drop a set,” Duo sai...
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Greenhills Holds On for 8th Straight Title

Greenhills Holds On for 8th Straight Title
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Ann Arbor Greenhills came together as a team to win its eighth consecutive Lower Peninsula Division 4 championship, but later Saturday afternoon they were a team divided. After earning 36 points for their ninth title in the last 10 years, the Gryphons planned their tr...
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Cranes Take Back Top Spot from D3 Rival

Cranes Take Back Top Spot from D3 Rival
Saturday, October 17, 2015
For the last four years, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood had to watch Detroit Country Day hoist the Division 3 Lower Peninsula boys tennis championship trophy. On Saturday, the Cranes turned the tables, winning the MHSAA Final with 38 points to leave the Yellowj...
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Preview: Winning Streaks on the Line

Preview: Winning Streaks on the Line
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
A pair of the state’s most impressive championship winning streaks came to an end during the 2014 MHSAA Lower Peninsula Boys Tennis Finals.  But two more streaks remain alive – and at least one is expected to continue.
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Champion Coaches Lead Title Contender

Champion Coaches Lead Title Contender
Monday, September 21, 2015
Sometimes fate works in strange ways. And the Portage Central boys tennis team is benefiting from some very good fate – in this case, a chance meeting between coaches Peter Militzer and Erik Anderson.
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Final Match Decides UP D2 Champions

Final Match Decides UP D2 Champions
Thursday, May 28, 2015
It came down to the last match of the day. Iron Mountain needed a win at No. 1 doubles to forge a tie with Westwood for the Upper Peninsula Division 2 boys tennis title. Coach Greg Stegall’s Mountaineers got what they wanted.
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Szabo, Kingsford: Kings of Court Again

Szabo, Kingsford: Kings of Court Again
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Kingsford's Adam Szabo considers himself a hockey player first and a tennis player second. Yet, one look at the swing of the reigning Upper Peninsula Division 1 No. 1 singles champ reveals a talent above and beyond the rest of the field. A powerful "flick of the wrist"...
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Forest Hills Central Ends Dow D2 Run

Forest Hills Central Ends Dow D2 Run
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Senior Andrew Fox said he knew winning his No. 2 doubles final would clinch the MHSAA team title for Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central, snapping Midland Dow’s string of five consecutive championships. His doubles partner, senior Carson Schmidt, looked at him in s...
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