For the first time since the 1987-88 school year, there is a two-time Metro League champion that isn’t named Holly in varsity boys tennis action.
Flushing earned five flight champions at the Flint Metro League tournament, earning the Raiders their second straight league crown.
Fenton took second at the tournament and finished second at the league meet. The Holly Bronchos took third in both.
Fenton had three flights make it to the finals, with all winning championships. Holly had four flights make it to the finals, but all settled for runner-up performances.
The top individual performance was recorded by Fenton’s Gabe Hand. Hand became only the second four-time Metro League boys No. 1 singles flight champion in league history by winning this year’s title against Flushing’s Matt Birchmeier 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.
Hand won his first two matches at the tourney relatively easily, beating Holly’s Walker Glass 6-0, 6-0 and beating Goodrich’s Will Nicklas 6-1, 6-1 before the tight battle with Birchmeier.
Fenton’s other two flight champions were Jordan Conn at No. 3 singles and Jack Gundry and Bradley Trecha at No. 1 doubles.
Conn, a freshman, defeated Flushing’s Cameron Gray 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(5) in the final. He also beat Brandon’s Cayden Lewis 6-0, 6-2 and Goodrich’s Nick Henke 6-1, 6-0 in the earlier two matches.
Holly had three doubles flights finish in the runner-up spot, losing each match too a Flushing foe.
The Bronchos’ doubles flights that made it to the finals were Brendan Kreft and Wyatt Caldwell at No. 2 doubles, Garrett Reid and Drew Hignite at No. 3 doubles and Cameron McAninich and Parker Monty at No. 4 doubles. All three losses came in straight sets. Each doubles flight won their earlier matches in the tournament by straight sets.
Holly’s Joe Kittle (No. 4 singles) came the closest to winning a flight title. He lost a three-set match to Flushing’s Ryan Migerey 6-2, 4-6, 6-1. Kittle, a sophomore, also had a tough semifinal contest, beating Clio’s Schaefer Wiskur 7-6 (5), 7-6(6).