FROM STAFF REPORTS
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — Traverse City St. Francis finished sixth and Traverse City Central seventh in the state tennis finals.
The Gladiators posted 14 points in Division 4 to have the same place and points as a year ago. The Trojans finished one spot ahead of their state ranking with the seventh-place finish, garnering 10 points.
Ann Arbor Huron edged out Birmingham Brother rice for the Division 1 titles, while Division 4 went to Ann Arbor Greenhills, which outpaced runner-up Grand Rapids West Catholic by nine points at the conclusion of the two-day event.
St. Francis’ only player left on the second day was Jack Krcmarik, who dropped a match to Kalamazoo Hackett’s top-seeded Henry Hidemen, who went on to take the No. 3 singles state title. The setback snapped a 27-match win streak for Krcmarik, who finishes the season with a 33-4 record.
“That was some good tennis,” St. Francis coach Paul Bandrowski said. “Jack did a great job. The boys are looking forward to next year. We only lose two seniors.”
Bandrowski said the Glads will likely be able to field two full junior varsity teams next time for the first time in program history.
Central’s lone remaining flight — Yani Beeker and Parker Berden — fell in the semifinals to eventual No. 2 doubles state champions Joey Hildebrand and David Weatherford of Birmingham Brother Rice. On the way, they upset No. 4-seeded Vince Thieu and Sachin Ketkar of Troy by a 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 score and finished the season with a 37-6 record.
Also closing with a 37-6 mark was the No. 1 doubles team of Hayden Drury and Caleb Heimburger. Friday’s win over Ann Arbor Pioneer was Drury’s 100th career varsity victory. Heimburger notched his 100th career win earlier in the season.
“It’s a cool thing for both of them to reach the century club,” Central coach Larry Lykerk said. “And Hayden is just a junior.”