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September 25, 2013

Honoring our troops

Local boys tennis teams raise more than $1,000 for Warren War Memorial

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Staff Sgt. Michael Milliner of Warren, second from left, Staff Sgt. Dominic Freda of Livonia, fourth from left, and Staff Sgt. Rovin Canales of Sterling Heights, second from right, fire up the Warren Mott boys tennis team prior to the start of the first annual Tennis For Troops tournament, which took place Sept. 14 at Halmich Park in Warren.
Tennis For Troops
Here are the results from the Sept. 14 Tennis For Troops event, put on by Warren Cousino and Warren Mott.

Team champion: Warren Cousino
Runner up: Fraser

Singles
No. 1
Champion: Ryan Papiernik — Fraser
Runner up: Mike Manfredo — Macomb L’Anse Creuse North

No. 2
Champion: Brandon Beltz — Cousino
Runner up: Claude Gherasimo — Madison Heights Lamphere

No. 3
Champion: Matt Gordon — Cousino
Runner up: Lucas Sliwinski — St. Clair Shores Lakeview

No. 4
Champion: John Komarnicki — Cousino
Runner up: Josh Lattie — LCN

Doubles
No. 1
Champion: Derek Loewen/Adam Culver — Fraser
Runner up: Evan Hynel/Andrew Moronczyk — Mott

No. 2
Champion: Marvin Dalusung/Mitchell Waske — Cousino
Runner up: Mike Rogers/Sam Goethals — Fraser

No. 3
Champion:  Devin LaForge/Bobby Gillespie — Cousino
Runner up: Jordan Bell/Alex Radwick — Fraser

No. 4
Champion: Trevor Garling/Brendan Gough — LCN
Runner up: Kevin Mai/Migel Dalunsung — Cousino

WARREN — Warren Mott biology teacher and boys varsity tennis coach Dawn Ross said the first annual Tennis For Troops tournament was a success.

“We wanted to honor our troops, and nothing like this has been done in any sport, so we thought we would champion the cause,” said Ross, who helped coordinate the event.

The Warren Cousino boys tennis team was victorious at the first annual Tennis For Troops Tournament, which took place Sept. 14 at Halmich Park in Warren.

The Patriots (4-2-0, 0-1-0 Macomb Area Conference Red Division) bested Fraser to claim the title. Cousino and Warren Mott served as hosts of the tournament.

“I am very happy that the Cousino Patriots won this event and am pleased with the quality of play that the team exhibited,” Cousino boys tennis coach Frank Wu said. “It is unlikely that a whole team with so many individual parts could play at full potential on any given day, but that is what we strive for. Even though we didn’t perform perfectly as a team, we found a way to make sure we scored maximum points and medaled at every flight.”

The event took place in conjunction with an effort to raise money for the city of Warren War Memorial. Eight local teams participated in the tournament: Warren Woods Tower, Madison Heights Lamphere, Fraser High, Center Line High, St. Clair Shores Lakeview, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North, Mott and Cousino.

Each team was been given a branch of service to raise funds for. The team that raised the most money to donate will win a free team dinner at Vivio’s in Warren. Funds raised hadn’t been tallied at press time.

Wu said Ross approached him about doing a tournament last season while assisting her with Mott’s program. He said they were looking for something a bit more original, and they believe supporting and honoring U.S. troops is something everyone should keep in their focus daily, since they and their families sacrifice so much.

“I try not to take any of my freedoms for granted, and running this tennis event just seemed fitting,” Wu said.

Funds were still being counted at press time, Ross said. She said more than $1,000 had been raised, with Fraser, representing the Air Force, having raised the most ($600) at press time.

“(The community response) was very positive,” Ross said. “We would have liked more community members to attend, but this was the first year and it will be an annual event. We are hoping to get more community members there next year.”

Fraser’s Ryan Papiernik claimed the No. 1 singles title, beating out Macomb L’Anse Creuse’s Mike Manfredo. Fraser also walked away with the No. 1 doubles title, as Derek Loewen and Adam Culver bested Warren Mott No. 1 doubles team Evan Hynel and Andrew Moronczyk.

The event featured an “honor table,” where patrons of the tournament brought a photo of a service member they would like to see recognized. Dog tags were sold for $5, with the funds going toward the War Memorial.

“The service branches are all excited to support and participate in the event next year,” Ross said.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Jason Carmel Davis at jdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1107. Twitter Follow Jason on Twitter.