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Coach Chas Claus, Matt Dahl, Nico Nowik , JP Budzinski, Dominic Spadoni, Kevin Wieryszko, Kyle Huges, Jordan Kincaid, Patrick Bemis, Captain Kramer Kamp, Alex Richards, Jake Zezulski, Garrett Smilgelski, and Andy Heuerman. Photo provided (click for larger version)
September 29, 2010 - Kramer Kamp and J.P. Budzinski dominated the Van Dyke Invitational for the second consecutive year - winning first place in their flights.

As a whole the Clarkston Boys Varsity Tennis team took over the annual tournament on Saturday, scoring 21 points and winning the tournament.

"They did really well," said Coach Chaz Claus. "It was really a team effort. We won by two points. In this tournament you get an extra point for winning your matches."

Also, taking first place was Doubles #4, Nico Nowik and Alex Richards.

"They had a really nice day," said Claus.

Jordan Kincaid and Kevin Wieryszko finished in second place for Doubles #2 and Garrett Smigelski and Dominic Spadoni finished in third place.

"Everyone won two matches for the day. There were flights when we had a couple of tough losses," said Claus.

Andy Heuerman finished in fourth place. Matt Dahl took fifth and Doubles #2, Troy Hughes and Jake Zuzelski took fifth.

Anchor Bay finished in second place with 19 points and host Romeo finished with 17 points.

"We needed every win we got," said Claus. "A lot of last round players knew the team championship was on the line and they played well under pressure."

The boys took down two OAA foes Rochester and Lake Orion last week. Both with 6-2 scores.

"Rochester was very comparable to us. On paper it could have gone either way," said Claus. "Each flight almost everybody had better second sets then first sets. That win I was the most happiest about."

For singles, Heuerman won 6-4, 6-0; Dahl 1-6, 6-0, 6-4; Kamp 6-2, 6-3; and Budzinski 6-1, 6-1.

For the doubles, Kincaid and Wieryszko won 3-6,6-0, 6-3; Hughes and Patrick Bemis lost 6-3, 6-4. 3. Smigelski and Spadoni won 7-6 (7-5), 6-2; and Nowik and Richards lost 6-2, 1-6, 7-5.

"Lake Orion is always tough," said Claus. "It was good to get another victory. It wasn't the prettiest match but it was a win."

Heuerman won his singles match 7-6 (7-2), 6-4; Dahl won 6-1, 6-2; Kamp lost 6-2, 6-0; and Budzinski won 6-1, 5-7, 6-3.

For doubles, Kincaid and Wieryszko won 2-6, 5-7, 6-3; Hughes and Zuzelski won 6-1, 6-1; Smigelski and Spadoni won 7-6 (7-4), 6-0; and Nowik and Richards lost 7-5, 6-7, 6-4.

The boys lost to Rochester Adams on Wednesday, 8-0.

The weekend ended with an a 4-5 overall record for the team and 3-3 in the OAA.

The teams plays in a league tournament on Thursday at Rochester.

"We are going into the tournament to improve our standing there and beat those who beat us earlier in the year," said Claus.

They host Berkley on Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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