Saginaw fall sports roundup: Nouvel, Dow claim tennis regional titles

After claiming a Tri-Valley Conference title, Saginaw Nouvel decided to add one more championship.

The Panthers finished with 17 points to win the Division 4 boys tennis regional championship at White Pine Middle School in Saginaw.

Frankenmuth and Bullock tied for second with 13 points each, with all three teams going to the Division 4 state meet Oct. 14-15 at Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan.

“It’s been a great year,” New coach Scott Symons said. “It’s been a lot of fun. We only have four seniors, so we’ve got eight players coming back next year. Plus we have some eighth-graders who say they’re coming out next year, and they’ve come out and are hitting with the team.”

Christian Beyers from Nouvel claimed the No. 1 singles title with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Frankenmuth’s Simon Haubenstricker. Nouvel’s Brady Vance added a win at No. 3 singles, with Nouvel claiming a pair of doubles titles at No. 1 (Shawn McDonald and Jayden Lucas) and No. 2 (Andrew Wagner and Cooper Swackhamer).

Frankenmuth claimed a pair of regional titles, with Robert Brown winning at No. 2 singles and the team of Keira Larrison and Andrew Braun claiming the No. 3 doubles championship. Bullock Creek also won two regional championships, with Andrew Whittington winning at No. 4 singles and the team of Carter Bass and Corbyn Furlo claiming the No. 4 doubles title.

Division 2 at Midland

Midland Dow ran away with the regional title, earning 24 points, with Flushing second at 13 points. Midland High was third with seven points and Heritage fourth with six.

Dow, which is ranked first in the state after finishing third in 2021, won every flight. Dow champions were Austin King (No. 1 singles), Aaron Li (No. 2 singles), Logan Yu (No. 3 singles), Nimai Patel (No. 4 singles), Tomas Ladwein-Boaz Qiu (No. 1 doubles) , Roofy Elsaadany-Aiden Tanis (No. 2 doubles), Vishagen Karthikeyan-Shubhan Nagarkar (No. 3 doubles) and Dominic Griffin-Konner Janeczko (No. 4 doubles).

The Division 2 state meet is Oct. 14-15 at the Midland Tennis Center and Midland High School.

Cross country

Heritage Invitational

Midland Dow claimed the top three spots in the Heritage Invitational girls race Saturday, with the Chargers winning the team title by one point over Fraser. Midland High was third and Heritage fourth. Dow sophomore Victoria Garces earned medalist honors in 19 minutes, 54.97 seconds, followed by teammates Sydney Roberts (20:05.22) and Katie Watkins (20:11.14). Reese senior Ellymae McCoy finished fifth in 20:23.52.

Heritage won the boys race with 46 points, beating out Fraser for the championship. Fraser’s Tyler Donovan took first in 16:51.00, while Kenny Lewis paced Heritage with a third-place time of 17:17.95.

Football

Coleman 28, Webberville 8

Maybe it was the 11 am start Saturday, but Coleman took some time to get going. Once the Comets started scoring, however, they cruised to their second win of the season. Coleman led 8-0 after one quarter behind a 5-yard TD run by Jared DeVrieze. After Webberville tied the game in the third, DeVrieze answered with a 1-yard TD run for a 14-8 lead going into the fourth quarter. Coleman put the game away in the fourth with a 10-yard TD run by Ty Murray and a 45-yard fumble return by DeVrieze, who finished with 13 carries for 155 yards. Murray added 14 carries for 82 yards, with Vance Sysak adding 40 yards on 19 carries. Sam Bovee led the Coleman defense with 10 tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception.

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