Dow High’s boys’ tennis team won its own Sunsational Saturday quad at the Greater Midland Tennis Center on Saturday, finishing with 20 points and going 3-0 on the day.
Traverse City Central was second with 16 points, while Portage Central took third with nine points, and Grosse Pointe North finished fourth with three points.
The Chargers beat TCC 6-2, Portage Central 7-1, and GPN 7-1.
“I am really proud of the kids. We found out this morning we were missing half of our No. 1 doubles team, and the reserves stepped in without missing a beat,” noted Dow coach Terry Schwartzkopf. “Though we didn’t win any of those flights in which they played, they forced some battles. We were up and down throughout the day at various flights, but for the most part, you could really see growth today.
“We had a great practice Friday, and I saw this team put those skills into action,” he added. “They just keep getting better and better.”
Against GPN, Austin King won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles; Joaco Garcia-Argibay won 6-1, 6-1 at second singles; Nimai Patel won 6-0, 6-1 at third singles; Logan Yu won by default at fourth singles; Roofy Elsadaany and Caleb Qiu won 7-5, 6-7(5), (5) at second doubles; Shubhan Nagarkar and Vish Karthikeyan won 6-1, 6-0 at third doubles; and Michael McGaugh and Jonathan Song won 6-3, 6-0 at fourth doubles.
Against Central, King won 6-4, 6-1; Garcia-Argibay won 6-0, 6-0; Patel won 6-1, 6-0; Yu won 6-0, 6-1; Elsadaany and Qiu won 3-6, 7-5, (8); Nagarkar and Karthikeyan won by default; and McGaugh and Song won 6-3, 6-1.
Against TCC, King won 6-1, 6-0; Garcia-Argibay won 6-1, 6-3; Patel won 6-4, 6-3; Yu won 6-0, 6-3; Nagarkar and Karthikeyan won 6-1, 6-2; and McGaugh and Song won 6-1, 6-0.
Saturday’s quad marked Schwartkopf’s 300th career varsity dual match, during which time he has compiled a 247-30-23 record for a win percentage of 82.3 and a non-loss (ties and wins) percentage of 90.0.
CHEMICS SHUT OUT GAYLORD IN SOCCER
Midland High’s boys’ soccer team improved to 7-1-2 on Saturday with a 4-0 shutout of visiting Gaylord.
Cole Schelb scored off of an assist from Jon Jenkins in the sixth minute, and Jacob Heye tallied off of a corner kick from Cole Carpenter later in the half to make it 2-0 at the break. In the second half, Schelb scored again, this time off of an assist from Carpenter, and Andon Sodini netted the final goal off of an assist from Riley Alfano.
Chemics’ goalkeeper Colin Haddad made four saves to earn the shutout.
FREELAND GIRLS 1ST, DOW GIRLS 2ND; MIDLAND’S CROWLEY 2ND IN BOYS’ RACE
Dow High and Freeland both fared well at the Holly/Duane Raffin Festival of Races cross country meet on Saturday. In Division 2, the Freeland girls won the 20-team race with 70 points, while the Dow girls took second with 88.
In the 18-team Division 2 boys’ race, the Chargers finished fourth with 145 points, while the Falcons took fifth with 149. East Lansing won with 62 points.
In the girls’ race for Dow, Sydney Roberts took fifth with a time of 19:33.7, while Katie Watkins was sixth (19:35.8), Norah Allington 20th (21:14.7), Mallory Matthews 29th (21:40.5), and Sydney Lambert 33rd (21:50.8).
For Freeland, Mara Longenecker placed fourth at 19:31.7, while Whitney Farrell was eighth (19:46.0), Landrey Kuhn 16th (20:45.4), Paige Kloha 21st (21:16.0), and Bella Reed 26th (21:36.4).
In the boys’ race for the Chargers, Colin MacGregor took 24th at 17:43.7, while Ethan Meehle was 26th (17:48.7), Eliezer Maldonado 29th (17:53.1), Ben Scott 30th (17:53.3), and River Penn 43rd (18:24.4).
For the Falcons, TJ Hansen finished second at 16:16.5, while Jacob Wurtzel was fifth (16:38.4), Braden Klein ninth (17:19.4), Sam Nemeth 67th (19:15.9), and Alex Deeter 79th (19:34.4).
In the 20-team Division 1 boys’ race, Lake Orion won with 62 points, while Midland High took 10th at 249, and in the 17-team Division 1 girls’ race, Dexter won with 98 points, while Midland wound up 14th with 320.
For Midland’s boys, Matthew Crowley took second with a time of 15:53.1, while Daniel Berg was 17th (16:54.7), Zachariah Shealy 29th (17:20.0), Caleb Brown 98th (18:49.6), and Mateo Reyes 103rd (19:07.2).
For the Chemics’ girls, Rachel Mecca finished 22nd at 20:49.5, while Grace Riddle was 55th (21:52.4), Abby Carroll 76th (22:36.0), Hailey Gordon 78th (22:51.2), and Lauren McGuirk 91st (23:37.9).
In Division 3, Flint Powers won the 13-team boys’ race with 50 points, while Meridian was sixth (179), and Bullock Creek was 13th (313). In the 13-team girls’ race, Goodrich won with 41 points, while Creek was 13th (369), and Meridian didn’t register a team score.
For Meridian’s boys, Jonah Shepherd took 14th with a time of 18:13.5, while Ethan Wetzel was 35th (19:06.9), Elliot Noyes 39th (19:15.0), Jacob Eggerd 44th (19:31.5), and Donythyn Deitrick 47th (19:34.3).
For Creek’s boys, Grant Tilmann took 34th at 19:04.6, while Jacob Inman was 58th (20:04.0), Bailey Wiggins 61st (20:22.2), Kelvyn Kelly 79th (22:58.0), and Carter Wells 81st (23:06.0).
For the Lancers’ girls, Rachel Tilmann finished 46th at 22:59.5, while Autumn Fransen was 82nd (25:34.8), Brianna Smaltz 90th (27:32.4), Kori Kisser 91st (27:46.4), and Taylor Allen 92nd (27:55.0).
For the Mustangs’ girls, Lauren Brawt placed ninth at 21:04.2, while Elizabeth Smith was 29th (22:13.6), Trinity Kolka 43rd (22:46.9), and Rebecca Nohel 96th (30:01.6).
DOW SWIMMING LOSES THREE CLOSE DUALS VS. STIFF COMPETITION
Dow High’s girls’ swimming and diving team went 0-3 at the tough Fenton quad on Saturday, falling 97-88 to Grand Blanc; 101-85 to Fenton, which is ranked No. 5 in Division 2; and 103-80 to Brighton, which is ranked No. 3 in Division 1. The Chargers (1-4) are ranked No. 12 in Division 2.
Following are top-five finishers for the Chargers:
200-YARD MEDLEY RELAY — 4. Dow 1:56.39
200 FREESTYLE — 1. Ella Roberson 1:55.73; 3. Emily Thackery 2:01.94
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — 5. Chloe Stafford 2:21.78
500 FREESTYLE — 1. Roberson 5:09.86; 3. Thackery 5:35.62
200 FREESTYLE RELAY — 3. Dow 1:45.91
100 BACKSTROKE — 4. Emmy Sower 1:02.26
400 FREESTYLE RELAY — 2. Dow 3:45.97
1-METER DIVING — 1. Emily Krzciok 210.10; 4. Lauren Haines 195.60
100 BUTTERFLY — 2. Sower 1:00.35; 3. Alea Casipit 1:02.02
Roberson’s time in the 500 free was a personal best and qualified her for the state final, while Sower’s times in both the 100 fly and 100 back qualified her for state.
“We were shorthanded today — missing eight swimmers and divers — and we still made it close,” noted Chargers’ coach Chilly Smith.
Dow will head to the Tri City Championships at Saginaw Valley State on Thursday and Saturday.