Coach Ryan Furkas’s Anderson girls tennis team capped a successful 2021 season by finishing second at a Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 regional at Ypsilanti Lincoln High School and earning a trip to the Division 2 state finals in Midland.
The Titans scored 19‑‑ points at the regional and finished behind only regional champ Trenton, which scored 21 points.
No. 1 singles player Ava Peryam and No. 4 singles player Leslie Maloney were individual regional champions. No 2 singles player Abby Neal and No. 3 singles player Jessica Edwards were runners-up.
Peryam beat Roosevelt’s Reese Blackledge 6-0, 6-1 and Maloney beat Jackie Maurino 6-3, 6-1. In the No. 2 finals, Neal fell to Allen Park’s Brooke Posey 6-2, 6-0 and at No. 3 Edwards fell to Allen Park’s Mariel Luecke 6-3, 6-3.
The Titans did not score at the state finals.
Playing for them there were, at No. 1 singles, Neal at No. 2, Edwards at No.3 and Maloney at No. 4.
The doubles teams were, Aubrey Edwards and Brianna Bumgardner at No. 1; Danica McCoy and McKenne Frietas at No. 2; Alexis Pomponio and Mirysa Thacker at No.3; and Emily Parkham and Kejsi Sulaj at No. 1.
Baseball team bows out in districts
A really tough 2021 baseball season came to a close for the Anderson baseball team in the first round of the MHSAA district at Lincoln Park on June 5.
The Titans were swamped 13-3 by eventual district champion Wyandotte Roosevelt. The Bears scored twice in the first inning and then in every other inning except the second and third. Anderson managed three runs in sixth to pull within 9-3, but the Bears iced the game with four more runs in the top of the seventh. Roosevelt outhit Anderson 17-5 in the game.
It was the 12th time this season that the Titans surrendered 10 or more runs in a game. The team finished 2-20.
Taylor knocks softball team out of playoffs
The Anderson softball team beat Downriver League rival Taylor twice during the regular season, but the Griffins got the last laugh, coming from behind to beat Anderson 8-7 in a first-round MHSAA district game on June 5 at Woodhaven.
Taylor won the game in stunning fashion.
Anderson scored three runs in the first inning of the game and at one point led 6-0. But Taylor scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
Anderson scored once in the top of the top of the ninth, but Taylor scored two in the bottom of the inning to walk the Titans off and end Anderson’s season. Anderson outhit Taylor 18-11, but the Griffins got the W.
Anderson opened the state playoffs by battering host Lincoln Park 18-2 in a pre-district game that lasted just four innings. Anderson scored five ruins in the first, eight in the thyroid and five more in the fourth.
Sierra Solo had four of Anderson’s 21 hits and Grace Piesz and Madison O’Herir-Knapp had three each.
The Titans finished the season with a 9-19 record.
After beating the Titans in a district semifinal game, Taylor’s season lasted exactly five more innings as the Griffins were blistered 15-0 by Allen Park in a mercy-rule-shortened championship game.
It then took Allen Park just eight innings to dispose of two regional rivals and win a regional title. The Jags beat Livonia Churchill 15-0 in three innings and Detroit Western 12-0 in five to advance to the Division 1 state quarterfinals.
Anderson soccer team eliminated early
Anderson’s stay in the state soccer playoffs was a short one as the Titans were dominated 8-0 in a first round district game by Riverview. Riverview was beaten by Huron 4-0 in its next game and the Chiefs were beten 2-1 in the district championship by Carlson.
Carlson won the district title and the Marauders certainly earned it, beating Airport 2-0 in two overtimes, host school Trenton 1-0 and Huron 2-1.
The Marauders were beaten 5-0 by Divine Child, which went on to win the regional championship and is still alive in the state tournament.