Roosevelt claims district title, earns state tennis berth

Instead of large regional tournaments this year, the Michigan High School Athletic Association divided the regionals into smaller districts and the winners of those districts advanced to the state finals.

Roosevelt hosted and won a district, defeating Lincoln Park and Trenton to get to the state finals tournament.

In the district semifinals, Roosevelt bombed Lincoln Park 8-0 and Trenton topped Bedford 5-3. In the finals, Roosevelt prevailed over its Downriver neighbor and league rival 5-3.

Winning for the Bears against Trenton were No. 1 player Zakk Ciravono, No 3 singles Hudson Hill and No, 4 singles player Sammy Oswalt.

The Bears also won at No. 3 and No. 4 doubles, with Aiden Kuzma and Colton Winn winning at No. 3 and Alex Moon and Jack Vaduva winning at No. 4.

Ciravino, Aiden Mendenhall Hill and Oswald were singles winners against Lincoln Park. In doubles, Jason Johnson and Cole Beaubien, Luke Beaubien and Jason Cuppari, Kuzma and Winn and Moon and Vadura were all winners.

The district win boosted the Bears into the Division 2 state finals where their stay was short. Roosevelt fell in the first round at the Midland Tennis Center 8-0 to 2019 state champion Forest Hills Northern.

Roosevelt’s singles lineup at the state finals was: Zakk Ciravino (No. 1), Aiden Mendenhall (No. 2), Hudson Hills (No. 3) and Sammy Oswald (No. 4). Playing doubles were: Jason Johnson-Cole Beaubien (No. 1), Luke Beaubien-Jason Cuppari (No. 2), Aiden Kuzma-Colton Winn (No. 3) and Alex Moon-Jack Vaduva (No. 4).

After knocking off the Bears, Northern beat  Walled Lake Central and Birmingham Seaholm to march into the finals where they dominated Mattawan 7-1 to defend their state championship. Northern lost just five matches in its march to the state crown.

There was no Downriver League meet this season, so the Bears prepped for the district tournament by winning the “B” Division of Trenton’s Honor and Glory Tournament. It was the 74th edition of the Honor and Glory.

The Bears scored 19 points to outdistance second-place Carleton Airport, which had 14. Dearborn Heights Crestwood was third with eight points and Riverview was fourth with seven.

The Oswalds led the Bears to the victory, each winning three singles matches on the day. 

At No. 3 Sammy Oswald beat Ronnie Hebert (Airport), Hussein Fouani (Crestwood) and Brady Hoyt (Riverview). At No. 4 Emmet Oswald topped Brent Kerley (Riverview), Anas Saleh (Crestwood) and Ethan Lassiter (Airport). 

The Bears swept the doubles.

Jason Johnson and Cole Beaubien won three matches at No. 1 doubles,  Luke Beaubien and Jason Cuppari won three at No. 2, Aiden Kuzma and Colton Winn won three matches at No. 3 and Alex Moon and Jack Vaduva swept three matches at No. 4.

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