ALMONT — The Almont boys’ tennis team, represented by Sam Bussone, netted a six-way tie for 15th place last Friday and Saturday at the Division 4 state finals in Ann Arbor.
Traverse City St. Francis won the title with 26 points. They were followed by Grosse Pointe Liggett (19), Grand Rapids Northpointe Christian (14), Allegan (11), Grand Rapids South Christian and Hudsonville Unity Christian (10 apiece), Big Rapids and Kalamazoo Hackett (eight each), Marine City (seven), Berrien Springs (six), Jackson Lumen Christi (five), Grand Rapids West Catholic and Milan (four each), West Bloomfield Frankel Jewish Academy (three), Almont, Chesaning, Portland, Sandusky, Saginaw Nouvel and Brooklyn Columbia Central (two apiece), Williamston, Lansing Catholic and Brandywine (one each) plus New Buffalo and Lansing Christian (zero apiece)
Bussone began tournament action Friday with a 6-1, 6-0 win against Brandywine’s Corban Gamble.
Later that day. Bussone improved his tournament standing to 2-0 on the strength of a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 victory over Hudsonville Unity Christian’s Ryan Broek, the fourth seed.
That landed him a quarterfinal assignment Saturday versus Brooklyn Columbia Central’s Daniel Pero, who was seeded fifth. It was there he bowed out with a 4-6, 2-6 setback.
Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.