Bloomfield Hills wins Division I tennis with near-sweep

By Geoff Robinson, Special to The Detroit News

Bloomfield Hills’ boys tennis team captured its third Division 1 MHSAA championship in four years on Saturday afternoon at the Greater Midland Tennis Center, putting all eight flights of players into the finals of their respective brackets and running away with the title.

With a total of 37 points, Bloomfield Hills finished well in front of Birmingham Brother Rice and Ann Arbor Huron, who finished tied for second place with 22 points.

For coach Greg Burks, putting four singles players and four teams of doubles into the finals of their respective brackets was something special.

“I’ve never seen that before,” Burks said. “It just says a lot about the kids. There’s a lot of things that you can teach, but what they brought to this tournament was a ton of heart and a ton of fight. It was the best I’ve seen them play all year, and it was in the toughest environment.”

In No.1 singles, senior Andrew Zhang avenged a loss in last year’s finals, capping a perfect season with a 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Brother Rice’s Jarreau Campbell.

Zhang went 28-0 this season, not having dropped a single set in any match this fall.

“He’s become a lot more potent player (since last year),” Burks said. “He’s hitting the ball bigger, and he’s just a little more solid than everybody this year.”

“I felt so good for him. When he got that last point he was ecstatic.”

In the top doubles flight, Bloomfield Hills’ Noah Roslin and Adrian Wilen defeated Troy’s Michael Song and Aniket Dagar 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

Division 2

Okemos captured its second straight and eighth Division 2 championship overall, finishing 14 points ahead of its closest competition.

Okemos tallied 37 points thanks to titles in six of the eight flights, only dropping No. 3 singles, where it was a finalist, and No.4 doubles, where it was a semifinalist. Birmingham Groves and Birmingham Seaholm tied in the runner-up position with 23 points each.

Ozan Colak took home the No. 1 singles title for Okemos, dropping second-seeded Nathaniel Webster from Mattawan, 6-3, 6-1.

Division 3

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood captured its fourth consecutive Division 3 title with a dominating performance that saw it capture seven of the eight flights.

Cranbrook-Kingswood was led by No. 1 singles winner Lucas Bosch, who stormed back from a set down to beat Detroit Country Day’s Nikolas Gruskin 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

The only loss for Cranbrook-Kingswood came in the No. 1 doubles flight finals, where East Grand Rapids’ Ryan Post and Kole Butterer beat Jack Trees and Nikhil Deenadaylu 6-4, 6-4.

Division 4

Ann Arbor Greenhills ended a two-year drought for a school that won the Division 4 state title every year from 2008-15.

Thanks to wins in No. 2 singles, No. 3 singles, No. 4 singles, No. 3 doubles and No. 4 doubles, Greenhills (38 points) outdueled Traverse City St Francis (26 points) and Allegan (23 points) to get itself back on top.

In No. 1 singles, it was Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett’s William Cooksey who captured his second consecutive state title, outlasting Greenhills’ Sahil Deenadayalu, 6-0, 7-6 (2).