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All Tennis - Girls StoriesMother Nature did her best to rain on the local tennis scene this spring, but the top Downriver netters persevered through the elements to put together a thoroughly entertaining season. Powerhouse Grosse Ile was utterly dominant from top-to-bottom this spring and followed up an undefeated regular season with league and regional championships before finishing runner-up in the Division 4 state finals. Trenton was tops in the Downriver League this season after posting an undefeated league record and a first-place finish at the DRL Meet. The Trojans also earned a trip to states after claiming a Division 3 regional title. Allen Park was runner-up in the DRL standings and qualified for the state finals for the ninth consecutive season after winning its third regional championship in a row. Riverview also made it to states by finishing second to the Jags at regionals. The News-Herald “A” Invitational was rained out, but the “B” tournament went off without a hitch and Kennedy repeated as N-H champs. Meet the 2013 All-News-Herald Girls’ Tennis Team: Grosse Ile’s Brianna Riley brought home a state championship at No. 2 singles for the Red Devils and was a key part in a talented singles lineup that also featured Mary Kate McShane, Julia Formentin (Huron League champ/state runner-up) and Ola Latala (Huron League/regional champ). The Red Devils were just as dominant at doubles and were led by No. 2 Alex Carney and Katherine Kuzmiak and No. 4 Rose Tucker and Casey Guthrie. Both pairs claimed regional and league championships and were runners-up at the state finals. Anna Kaiser and Missy Coolsaet were Grosse Ile’s top pair and were regional champs at No. 1 doubles while No. 3 Nicole Desjardins and Luna Terauchi earned league and regional titles. McShane, Riley, Formentin, Kaiser, Coosaet, Carney and Kuzmiak all earned all-state honors and the six of them accounted for the most single-season all-state selections in school history. A Trenton powerful singles lineup was headed by No. 1 Lauren Solano, who claimed a league championship at the DRL Meet. No. 2 Brittany Vinca and No. 3 Elle Kersten were both league and regional champs and No. 4 Miranda Madro rounded out the lineup as a regional champion and league runner-up. At doubles, Jordan Sutherby and Gabrielle Wojtala were the Trojans’ top pair and won a league championship at No. 1. No. 2 Hannah Scharboneau and Marissa Reidy and No. 4 Rachel Rushlau and Tiffany Thompson all claimed league and regional titles for the Trojans. Allen Park gave Trenton a run for its money in the Downriver League and took an undefeated league record late into the season before eventually settling for second. Shelby Dandy was a regional champion at No. 3 singles, Madeline Nemeth and Olivia Nightingale won regional titles at No. 1 doubles and the duo of Gabby Ammiano and Allison Menard were double champions at No. 3 doubles with DRL and regional crowns. Kennedy ran roughshod over the competition at The News-Herald “B” Invitational this season and crowned champions in five flights. Hannah Zilka, Tiffany Nagy and Justus Lee-Cato were champions at the top three singles flights, Mariah Anselmi and Rachel Carmody were tops at No. 1 doubles and Kayla Stevens and Morgan Stamper were champs at No. 2. Carlson was a very competitive team and featured a deep lineup, specifically at singles. No. 1 Chelsea Holbrook remained one of the top individual players in the area, Emily Carey was a regional champ at No. 2 and Maggie Herman was a league and regional runner-up at No. 3. Kelsey Boyer and Emily McKinnie were impressive at No. 4 doubles in claiming a regional championship. Anderson’s Haley Brandes and Rylee Rivier were double champions with News-Herald “B” and regional titles at No. 4 doubles while the Titans’ No. 3 pairing of Madison Wilson and Allyson Flannery were News-Herald “B” flight champs. Roosevelt’s No. 2 duo of Lindsay Cowell and Jessica Mantel claimed a Division 2 regional championship for the Bears. Riverview’s Ami Shukla and Shaon Islam highlighted a talented Bucs’ lineup and won regional championships at No. 1 and No. 4 singles, respectively. Woodhaven senior Sadi Asghar won a league championship at No. 4 singles and was also a league runner-up for the Warriors.
Grosse Ile No. 2 singles player Brianna Riley was the area's lone state champion this year with after a spotless run in the Division 4 state finals.
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Last Updated: 6/18/2013 12:51:43 PM EST