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Portland Varsity Tennis Repeats as CAAC-White Champions


The Portland Varsity Tennis team had 8 flights as the #1 seed in the CAAC-White tournament on Wednesday. The pressure to live up to those seeds fueled all 12 players to meet the challenge. The morning started with Portland having to sit the first round of matches while waiting for the 3-6 seeds to play and determine who their opponents would be in the second round. The intensity was high as Portland started to take the courts. Challenge 1: Win first round matches and make it to the finals. Challenge accepted and met!


As the day progressed, Portland found all 8 flights in the finals. Meeting up with some new opponents (due to lineup changes throughout the season from most teams), Portland wasn't sure what to expect. Each player went out and gave 110%. Challenge 2: Win all 8 flight finals. Challenge accepted and met! Portland sweeps all 8 flights for the first time at the CAAC-White tournament!


While Portland's sweep of all 8 flights is greatly attributed to all 12 players, special recognition should be given to our last 2 flights on court for clinching that sweep. 4 singles, Autumn Shimer, met up with Lansing Catholic in her finals match. Winning the first set with a little extra determination, Shimer found a bit more difficulty in her second set. Dropping the second set, Shimer went into the deciding third set with the patience needed by a 4 singles player. She knew she had to keep the ball in play and do her best to not make any mistakes. Shimer outplayed her opponent, winning the third set and capturing a league title in her flight.


There were a few lineup changes that had to be made earlier in the week for the Portland team. One change was welcoming two freshmen, Allyson Logel and Alexa Weber, into the mix as a new 4 doubles team. Logel and Weber have shown promise on the JV team and were eager to step into this varsity position. They did not disappoint, winning both of their matches and capturing a league title for themselves. Rather impressive for two players who have only been at a few varsity practices to prepare!


The day ended with an abundance of smiles for the entire Portland team. As they prepare for Regionals next Thursday, the week ahead has matches against Lakewood, Jackson Lumen Christi, and a tri meet with Holt & Haslett.


Congratulations on an extremely successful day and for being the first Portland Girls Varsity Tennis team to sweep all 8 flights at the league tournament.


FLIGHT WINNERS: 1 singles Kayla Weller

2 singles Alyssa Jack

3 singles Adriana Krieger

4 singles Autumn Shimer

1 doubles Maura Lufkin & Corey Smith

2 doubles Kara Kraczon & Bella Virk

3 doubles Xanthe Cross & Elizabeth Seavey

4 doubles Allyson Logel & Alexa Weber


(Photos courtesy of Nancy Lufkin & Kristin Weller)


CHARLOTTE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL - 5, Lansing SEXTON - 0, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL - 16, IONIA HIGH SCHOOL - 4, EATON RAPIDS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL - 10, Lansing Catholic - 12, Singles: No. 1 - Kayla Weller, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Jessa Swinehart, IONIA HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0 , 6-1 , -; No. 1 - Kayla Weller, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Kate Hankey, EATON RAPIDS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, 6-4 , 6-1 , -; No. 2 - Alyssa Jack, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Hailey Rice, CHARLOTTE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0 , 6-0 , -; No. 2 - Alyssa Jack, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Breezy Marcus, EATON RAPIDS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, 6-1 , 6-2 , -; No. 3 - Adriana Krieger, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Sara Lin, CHARLOTTE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0 , 6-0 , -; No. 3 - Adriana Krieger, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Ava Foster, Lansing Catholic , 6-1 , 6-1 , -; No. 4 - Autumn Shimer, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Daniek Luiten, IONIA HIGH SCHOOL, 6-2 , 6-0 , --- ; No. 4 - Autumn Shimer, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Marie Haywood, Lansing Catholic , 4-6 , 6-4 , 6-4 ; Doubles: No. 1 - Maura Lufkin, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL - Corey Smith, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Emma White, IONIA HIGH SCHOOL - Jewels Conn, IONIA HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0 , 6-0 , -; No. 1 - Maura Lufkin, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL - Corey Smith, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Raynah Kidder, EATON RAPIDS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL - Haylie Lewis, EATON RAPIDS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0 , 6-0 , -; No. 2 - Kara Kraczon, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL - Bella Virk, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Riley Browne, IONIA HIGH SCHOOL - Addyson Roudtree, IONIA HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0 , 6-0 , -; No. 2 - Kara Kraczon, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL - Bella Virk, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Sofia Kingsley, EATON RAPIDS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL - Ava Kunkel, EATON RAPIDS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0 , 6-0 , -; No. 3 - Xanthe Cross, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL - Elizabeth Seavey, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Audrey Painter, IONIA HIGH SCHOOL - Caitlin McGuire, IONIA HIGH SCHOOL, 6-1 , 6-4 , -; No. 3 - Xanthe Cross, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL - Elizabeth Seavey, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Anna Riehl, Lansing Catholic - Amy Magaway, Lansing Catholic , 6-1 , 6-1 , -; No. 4 - Allyson Logel, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL - Alexa Weber, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Victoria Cruz Blanco, IONIA HIGH SCHOOL - Sofia Gianesini, IONIA HIGH SCHOOL, 6-1 , 6-0 , -; No. 4 - Allyson Logel, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL - Alexa Weber, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Hannah Clarke, EATON RAPIDS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL - Lilly Schell, EATON RAPIDS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0 , 6-2 , -;


The Raiders also picked up an 8-0 win over Lakewood on Friday.


PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL - 8, Lake Odessa LAKEWOOD - 0, Singles: No. 1 - Kayla Weller, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Kristen Finsaas, Lake Odessa LAKEWOOD, 6-0 , 6-0 , -; No. 2 - Alyssa Jack, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Kylee Goble, Lake Odessa LAKEWOOD, 6-1 , 6-0 , -; No. 3 - Adriana Krieger, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Ashton Gibson, Lake Odessa LAKEWOOD, 6-0 , 6-0 , -; No. 4 - Autumn Shimer, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Abby Gibson, Lake Odessa LAKEWOOD, 6-4 , 6-1 , -; Doubles: No. 1 - Maura Lufkin, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL - Corey Smith, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Emmi Chase, Lake Odessa LAKEWOOD - Ellie Haddix, Lake Odessa LAKEWOOD, 6-2 , 6-0 , -; No. 2 - Kara Kraczon, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL - Bella Virk, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Allie Pickard, Lake Odessa LAKEWOOD - Izzy Wheeler, Lake Odessa LAKEWOOD, 6-2 , 6-4 , -; No. 3 - Xanthe Cross, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL - Elizabeth Seavey, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. Courtnie Mathe, Lake Odessa LAKEWOOD - Emily Pilar, Lake Odessa LAKEWOOD, 6-0 , 6-1 , -; No. 4 - Allyson Logel, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL - Alexa Weber, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL def. default default, Lake Odessa LAKEWOOD - default default, Lake Odessa LAKEWOOD, 2-0 , 2-0 , -;

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