U of D Jesuit, Cranbrook and Greenhills win track and tennis state championships

DETROIT — Three Catholic League squads won state championships this past weekend.

University of Detroit Jesuit won the Division 1 boys track title, its first since 1993, the second in its history.

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood won the Division 3 girls tennis, its first since 2015 and 15th in its history.

Ann Arbor Greenhills won Division 4 girls tennis, its first since 2017 to go along with a title in 2009.

On the other side of the won-lost equation, a pair of CHSL schools were unsuccessful in the defense of their 2021 crowns. Grosse Pointe University Liggett lost 5-4 to Detroit Edison in Division 3 baseball, and Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart was a runner up to Greenhills in D4 tennis.

U of D Jesuit wins two relays

The Cubs, who repeated as CHSL Bishop Division champs three weeks ago, earned half of their 41 championship points by winning the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 meter relays. Coach Carl Brock employed the same quartet to run the relays: juniors Nick Johnson and Jaidan Reed, senior Devin Grantham and sophomore Cameron Hendrix.

They’re track champs, too

Their teams didn’t win, but they did by their individual effort.

In boys D3 track, Madison Heights Bishop Foley 4 x 100 meter relay team of juniors Gus Toppi, Jackson Zeiter, Ethan Eisenhauer and Adam Kidder was a winner.

In D2 girls track, Warren Regina’s junior Ella Jenkins won the 300 meter hurdles.

Dearborn Divine Child’s 4 x 400 meter relay won. Sophomores Samantha Black and Kirsten Koss, senior Lianna Shakoor and freshman Kathryn Kurtinaitis comprised the team.

Cranbrook sweeps singles

Freshman Yenna Park, senior Charlotte Brown, and sophomores Sienna Ilitch and Olivia Zhang won the four singles flights to contribute to the Cranes’ 37-point winner’s total. The teams of freshman Ava Clogg and sophomore Grace Zhang and sophomores Daryn Krause and Kayli Lala won their doubles matches.

Greenhills edges Sacred Heart

Greenhills won a pair of singles matches and two doubles flights to thwart Sacred Heart’s repeat bid, 35-26. Ninth-graders Shangyang Xia and Sophie Chen won the singles and the teams of seniors Ruhmini Nallamothu and Georgie Branch and seniors Sabeen Malick and Meera Tewari the doubles.

Sacred Heart won two doubles flights: the teams of junior Jade Horcoff and senior Angelina Kakos and sophomores Lulu George and Maggie Pulte.

Junior Maddy Zampardo of GPW Liggett won her singles match.

Rice has two to defend

Brother Rice will be defending two state titles this weekend.

The golfers will tee off Friday and Saturday, June 10-11, in the Division 2 final at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University. Coach Leo Braisted’s Warriors — freshman Leandro Pinili (71), juniors Leandro Pinili (69) and Marcus Lee (78), and seniors Matt Baer (73) and Kyle Gruley (79) — were 14 strokes better than any of the other 17 teams in regional qualifying rounds.

Rice’s lacrosse team (14-6), if it gets by a June 8 semifinal match against Grandville (18-3), will be seeking its second straight and 16th overall Division 1 championship at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Parker Middle School Stadium in Howell.

The winner will meet the winner of the other semifinal between CHSL archrival Novi Detroit Catholic Central (15-3) and Hartland (17-4).

Still in the quest

The last three championships possibly involving CHSL schools will be decided on Saturday, June 18. Seeking to repeat are Orchard Lake St. Mary’s in DI baseball and Bloomfield Hills Marian in D2 girls soccer. In D1 softball, Farmington Hills Mercy last won a state title in 2016.

Contact Don Horkey at [email protected].


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