SL tennis place fifth at state

The Spring Lake tennis team finished tied for fifth at the Division 3 state meet this weekend.
Tribune Staff
Oct 21, 2013


Spring Lake’s 16 points tied Holland Christian.

The Lakers finished behind champion Detroit Country Day (39), East Grand Rapids (27), St Joseph (26) and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood (20).

A top five finish was a goal for the Lakers heading into the meet.

Another goal the Lakers achieved was every player winning their first match on Friday.

No. 1 singles player Ryan Fedewa was the top finisher for the Lakers.

Fedewa made it to the semifinals before falling to eventual-champion Garrett Goldman of East Grand Rapids (6-4, 6-1).

Fedewa, the fifth seed, defeated the No. 4 seed, Derek Sammons of Coldwater, in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 7-5.

Several other flights reached the quarterfinals for the Lakers, but couldn’t make it past that point.

At No. 3 singles, Trevor Zenas fell to Matthew Gerrard of Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood in the quarterfinals, 6-0, 6-1.

Kasey Panyard, playing at fourth singles, was no match for top-seeded Davis Wong of Detroit Country Day, who scored a 6-0, 6-1 win over Panyard in the quarterfinals round.

At doubles, No. 1 Harrison Palmer and Mitch Davis lost to St. Joseph’s Matt VanWinkle and Ed Neih, 6-0, 6-2 in the quarterfinal round.  

At No. 2 doubles, Josh Cole and Brenden Peel also lost to the Bears, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1.

Craig Pratt and Griffin Wagasky await the winner of St. Clair and East Grand Rapids at No. 3.

Spring Lake saw initial victories at No. 2 singles and No. 4 doubles.

At No. 2 singles, Stuart Velarde defeated Dewitt, 6-3, 6-2, before falling to St. Joseph, 6-0, 6-0.

In doubles play, Blake Henning and Tyler Strandberg beat Petoskey, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, but came up short against Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood, 6-0, 6-2.

The Lakers’ Craig Pratt and Griffin Wagaski opened with a win over Sturgis before falling to East Grand Rapids in the quarterfinals, 7-5, 6-0.



The team did a good job on this. This was really a tough game. They deserved this award. - Kris Krohn


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