HASLETT — Charlotte’s Alex Reinbold is no stranger to the state tennis tournament.
The No. 1 singles standout has booked his trip by winning his regional championship the past four years. This year, he gets to take his crew with him.
For the first time in school history, the Orioles will participate in the sport’s final weekend after finishing second in the Division 3 regional Thursday at Haslett High School.
No. 7-ranked Haslett won the event — finishing with 29 points — and captured its fifth consecutive regional title.
“We have four rundown courts that are super cracked up by a city park. We have no school courts whatsoever,” said Reinbold, who won his fourth regional title with a victory over Haslett’s Johnny Choi. “It feels incredibly special. To go the first three years by myself, and then cap of my career with the whole team going, it feels very special.”
Reinbold, who has 106 career wins, and Christoffer Segerdahl, at No. 4 singles, were the only flight champions for Charlotte. The rest were won by Haslett.
The Vikings’ No. 1 doubles tandem of Toby Bepler and Nick Baugh won their flight with a victory over DeWitt’s Austin Cordes and Beau Sigmon, 6-2, 6-4, and helped their team maintain regional dominance. Senior Matt Stewart defeated the Orioles’ Noah Clark in the No. 2 singles final.
“We used to have a pretty tough time at regionals, and it’s been cool to come here and dominate,” Bepler said. “We get to show people what Haslett tennis is all about. We’ve really made a name for ourselves around the state now that we’ve (performed well) here.”
The success of Charlotte, which finished with 22 points, leaves the Panthers out of the state tournament for the first time in 16 years. DeWitt finished the evening with 15 team points — three points shy of qualifying.
“We lost nine people last year, so it was kind of a rebuilding year,” Sigmon said. “A lot of kids here never played in tournaments before, they just played in (junior varsity) matches, so this is a good experience for everybody.”
Fowlerville finished fourth, right behind the Panthers, with 14 points. Junior Bryant Martin fell to the Vikings’ Nate Choi, 2-6, 1-6, in the No. 3 singles championship and the No. 3 doubles team of Tyler Heick and Nate Leonard lost to Haslett’s Nick Radecki and Gokul Murali in the final.
Owosso, Ionia, Eaton Rapids and Eastern rounded out the bottom four.