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Matt Calhoun and the Roosevelt tennis team got the 2013 season started with victories against Grosse Ile and Gabriel Richard. Photo by Tom Alexander

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Tennis: Roosevelt knocks off Grosse Ile, Richard in early-season play (PHOTO)

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Roosevelt kicked off its season with two wins, as it knocked off Grosse Ile 5-3 on Aug. 23 and then beat Gabriel Richard 5-3 last Tuesday.

Against the Red Devils, the Bears won in No. 2, No. 3 No. 4 singles and No. 2 and No. 3 doubles.

At No. 2 singles Sam Head won 3-6, 6-3, 7-5

At No. 3 singles Griffin Maiani won 7-5, 6-1

At No. 4 singles Matt Baker won 6-0, 6-1

At No. 2 doubles Matt Calhoun and Evan Vellmure won 6-3, 6-3

At No. 3 doubles Jacob Theisen and Tyler Stepaniak were victorious.

In the match with the Pioneers last Tuesday, Roosevelt took No. 4 singles and swept doubles.

At No. 4 singles, Matt Baker won (6-0, 6-1)

At No. 1 doubles, Taylor VanHollebeke and Mike Pugh won 6-0, 6-1

At No. 2 doubles, Calhoun and Vellmure won 6-0, 6-1

At No. 3 doubles, Theisen and Stepaniak won 6-0, 6-2

At No. 4 doubles Andrew Sweet and Giuseppe Buscemi won 6-0, 6-0


The season started for Anderson with a third-place finish at the fifth annual Early Bird Invitational, which was hosted at Kennedy.

Coach Ryan Furkas’ Titans then went on to win two non-league meets, as they beat Redford Union 5-3 last Monday and then knocked off Cabrini last Thursday 7-0, in a meet shortened by bad weather.

“I’m still tinkering with the lineup, but am starting to figure some things out,” Furkas said.

Against Redford Union, Anderson’s Grier Moore won No. 1 singles and the team swept doubles.

Winning at No. 1 doubles against Redford Union was Austin Simpson and Matt Cooper. No. 2 doubles winners were Ethan Antonishak and Josh Galagher. The No. 3 team was Jacob Ridenour and Mike Beck and the No. 4 winners were the duo of Matt Martin and Ryan Curry.

The sweep of Cabrini led off with Moore winning No. 1 singles. At No. 2 singles was Brian O’Hara. At No. 3 singles was Christian Sampson and at No. 4 singles was Patrick O’Hara.

The doubles was led by No. 1 Simpson, along with Noah Massengill. No. 2 doubles was Antonishak and Galagher. No 3 doubles was Ridenour and Julian Yatros and No. 4 doubles was Curry and Zack Kusiak.


For Trenton, the season opened last Wednesday with a 6-2 non-league win against Riverview.

To capture the victory, the Trojans were victorious in No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 singles play against the Pirates, as well as No. 1 doubles, No. 3 doubles and No. 4 doubles.

At No. 2 singles for Trenton was Justin Dunn, who won 6-1, 6-1. At No. 3 singles was Parker Dukas, who went 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 in his three sets. At No. 4 singles was Kyle Habayan, who won 6-1, 6-1 on Wednesday.

No. 1 doubles was Quinn Preston and Michael Kinney, who won 7-5, 4-6, 6-2. No. 3 doubles was Alex Macleod and Dustin Kane. The No. 4 doubles team for the Trojans won 6-3, 6-0.


Host Kennedy competed at the fifth annual Early Bird Invitational, which took place Aug. 23. In that day’s action, the Eagles finished tied for sixth place with Westland John Glenn, as both squads had nine total points. Carlson won the tournament with 19 points, while other area teams involved were Anderson (15 points), which came in third, and Richard (12 points), which finished in fifth place.

The highlight of the tournament for Kennedy was a second place finish from their No. 1 doubles team. The duo making up the Kennedy No. 1 doubles team in the tournament was Kevin Hernandez and Jake Hauser.

Lincoln Park

For Lincoln Park, its only action of the season so far was at the Allen Park Jaguar Classic last Thursday. At the tournament, the Railsplitters finished fourth out of 14 teams.

For Lincoln Park Coach Roger Gilliard, all four of his singles players won a match.

At No. 1 singles for the Rails was Jason Marco and at No. 2 was Isiah Moral. No. 3 singles was Nick Orman and No. 4 singles for Lincoln Park was Norm Green.

Gillard said the team’s play at the tournament is something that it can build upon as the season goes on.

“It’s a start,” he said. “We’re getting there. My goal is to be competitive by the end of the year.”


The Riverview season got underway with a match against Chelsea on Aug. 22. That day, the Pirates were dropped 6-2, with the wins coming at No. 2 and No. 3 singles.

At No. 2 singles was Josh Diroff, who won 6-3, 5-7, 7-6. At No. 3 singles for Riverview was Brandon Sutherland and won in straights sets 6-0, 6-0.

In the early going of the 2013 season, the Pirates also competed in the Monroe Classic tournament, where they tied for second place with Livonia Franklin.

At the Monroe tournament, Diroff (No.2 singles) and Sutherland (No. 3 singles) both earned second-place finishes. In No. 1 doubles action, Mitchell Bow and Dalton Sutherland played to a third-place finish in the tournament.

Last Wednesday, the squad took on Trenton in a non-league meet and lost 6-2.

Grosse Ile

So far, the Grosse Ile tennis team is out to a tough 0-6 start in 2013. The Red Devils opened the season with all non-league matches and started off with a 5-3 loss to Roosevelt. Since then they have they have been shut out 8-0 by state-ranked Novi and U-D Jesuit. Grosse Ile has also suffered 8-0 losses to Rochester and Grosse Pointe South, along with a 6-2 defeat at the hands of Utica Eisenhower.

Coach John Shade said that with the rough opening stretch of the schedule behind them, the Red Devils are looking to get back on track and start winning.

“We hope we can start playing better tennis, the first part of our season was tough."

Last Updated: 8/30/2013 4:03:55 PM EST