No. 1 Dow tennis rolls, Chargers star in pool

Dow High’s top-ranked boys’ tennis team remained unbeaten on Thursday, sweeping Davison 8-0 to improve to 20-0-1. The Chargers won every flight by scores of 6-0, 6-0.

Winning in singles for Dow were Austin King in the first flight, Aaron Li in the second flight, Logan Yu in the third flight, and Nimai Patel in the fourth flight.

In doubles for the Chargers, Thomas Ladwein and Bobo Qiu won the first flight; Jonathan Song and Aiden Tanis won the second flight; Shubhan Nagarkar and Vish Karthikeyan won the third flight; and Andrew Frickey and Dominic Griffin won the fourth flight.

Dow will head to the Forest Hills Central quad on Saturday to face host FHC, which is ranked fourth in Division 2; Traverse City St. Francis, which is ranked second in Division 4; and Rockford.

“The weather starts to turn quickly at this time of year, so it was a good experience to get out there and play a match in the cold and wind. It makes it a different game, and I am glad we got to face it prior to states,” said Chargers’ coach Terry Schwartzkopf. “For us, the state tournament starts Saturday. It is the last time to solidify some seeds and get some quality wins, and then we wait on other teams and results before we can get a clear picture of what the state draw will look like.

“Either way, I would put my boys up against any team in the state, no matter the draws. We have less than a month, and we have every intention of finishing the race before us,” he added.


Dow High and Midland High competed in the preliminary round of the Tri-Cities Championship swim meet at Saginaw Valley State University on Thursday. The top eight finishers in each event advance to Saturday’s finals heats.

The following are top-eight prelim finishers for the Chargers and Chemics:

200-YARD MEDLEY RELAY – 1st Dow (Emmy Sower, Eryn Murphy, Alea Casipit, Meya Luft) 1:54.18; 4. Midland (Madison Yockey, Addison Birchmeier, Autumn Brutyn, Jenna Seybert) 2:05.24; 5. Dow (Isabella Larkowski, Ciara Brooks, Madeleine Varhola, Olivia Wagner) 2:05.48

200 FREESTYLE – 1. Ella Roberson (D) 1:50.97; 2. Emily Thackery (D) 1:58.48; 3. Alyssa Rentsch (M) 2:04.17; 4. Casipit (D) 2:04.47; 5. Morgan Retzloff (D) 2:04.57; 6. Katherine Gray (D) 2:08.81; 8. Claire Humburg (D) 2:10.15

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – 2. Murphy (D) 2:18.45; 3. Ella NcNames (D) 2:23.41; 4. Brooks (D) 2:25.34

50 FREESTYLE – 1st Air (D) 25.82; 2. Sophia Bacigalupo (D) 26.18; 3. Sophia Sower (D) 26.46; 5. Seybert (M) 26.73; 6. Natalie Nussear (D) 26.75; 8. Wagner (D) 27.05

1-METER DIVING – 1 Emily Krzciok (D) 275.50; 3rd Yockey (M) 201.30; 4. Avery Miller (M) 185.50; 6. Allison Nussear (D) 178.85; 7. Adyson Ousterhout (D) 163.90; 8. Kari Graebner (D) 162.80; 9. Quinn VanZile (M) 125.80

100 BUTTERFLY – 1st E Sower (D) 59.42; 2. Casipit (D) 1:02.74; 3. Varhola (D) 1:06.04; 5. McNames (D) 1:08.34; 6. Lindsay Humburg (D) 1:09.42

100 FREESTYLE – 1st Thackery (D) 54.98; 3. Rentsch (M) 56.92; 4. Retzloff (D) 57.66; 5. Air (D) 57.71; 6.N.Nussear (D) 58.55; 7. S. Sower (D) 58.86

500 FREESTYLE – 1. Roberson (D) 5:03.65; 2. Bacigalupo (D) 5:42.56; 3. Gray (D) 5:47.37; 7. C. Humburg (D) 5:53.81; 8. Wagner (D) 6:05.62

200 FREESTYLE RELAY – 1st Dow (Murphy, Air, Thackery, Roberson) 1:40.25; 2. Dow (Retzloff, S. Sower, Wagner, Bacigalupo) 1:47.21; 3. Midland (Seybert, Yockey, Birchmeier, Rentsch) 1:47.34; 6. Midland (Izzy Christiansen, Grace Perz, Anna Merges, Morgan Hussey) 1:56.86

100 BACKSTROKE – 1st E Sower (D) 1:01.47; 4. L. Humburg (D) 1:08.85; 6. Larkowski (D) 1:11.13; 7. Yockey (M) 1:11.21; 8. Kendra Johnson (D) 1:11.46

100 BREASTSTROKE – 3. Murphy (D) 1:10.82; 5. Brooks (D) 1:14.63; 7. Birchmeier (D) 1:18.52

400 FREESTYLE RELAY – 1. Dow (Thackery, Retzloff, E. Sower, Roberson) 3:40.03; 3. Dow (N.Nussear, C.Humburg, Gray, Brooks) 3:56.63; 4. Midland (Seybert, Janelle Harris, Brutyn, Rentsch) 4:06.06

Roberson’s time of 1:50.97 in the 200 freestyle was a new meet record, breaking former Dow standout Claire Newman’s previous record of 1:51.16.

Thackery’s times in both the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle were state-qualifying cuts, as was Murphy’s time in the 100 breaststroke.

Meanwhile, earning MISCA cuts for the Chargers were Casipit and Retzloff in the 200 freestyle, Murphy and McNames in the 200 individual medley, Luft and Bacigalupo in the 50 freestyle, Retzloff and Luft in the 100 freestyle, and Brooks in the 100 breaststroke.

“It was probably the best meet I’ve ever coached in, when it comes to dropping time from where they were before the meet,” said Dow coach Chilly Smith. “Everyone just swam outstanding. … I’m just very proud of them.”


Dow High beat Saginaw High 25-6, 25-9 and beat Bay City Central 25-22, 25-13 in Saginaw Valley League volleyball on Thursday.

Delaney Belding led the Chargers with 15 aces and 16 digs on the night, while Jessica Erickson had six kills, Riley Schikorra had five kills, Alex Price dished out 39 assists, and Luci Fabiano finished with 32 digs.

Dow (9-6 overall, 4-1 SVL) will head to Flint Powers on Tuesday.


Calvary Baptist Academy swept visiting Merrill 25-14, 25-15, 25-17 in volleyball on Thursday.

Caitlyn Dickerson led the Kings with eight kills, while Emma Schmidt had four kills and six aces, Tori Ginac had four kills and four aces, and Jenna Szilagyi finished with 16 assists.

“It is always extra fun to come away with the win in front of our home crowd. Great team effort tonight,” said CBA coach Danelle Dickerson. “Every player contributed on the court for this win.”

The Kings (11-2) will head to Whittemore-Prescott on Monday.


Midland High lost 25-12, 25-22, 25-9 to Mount Pleasant in Saginaw Valley League volleyball on Thursday.

Olivia McMath led the Chemics with eight kills and 10 assists, while Grace Schloop had 11 digs, and Jenna Rekeweg added seven digs.

Midland (8-11-1 overall, 2-2 SVL) will head to Davison on Tuesday.


Dow High lost 14-6 to Traverse City West in freshman football on Thursday. All of the scoring came in the fourth quarter.

Max Brandt returned a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown to account for the Chargers’ scoring, and he also had 46 receiving yards and 30 rushing yards. Nate Schultz passed for 147 yards, while Keegan Malley had 40 receiving yards.

Gabe Yannerella led Dow’s defense with eight tackles, while Malley and Kyle Letts added six tackles apiece.

The Chargers (2-1-1) will host Traverse City Central next Thursday.

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