The Dearborn All-City Tournament took place Saturday at two schools in the city.
2022 Dearborn All-City Tournament Boys Tennis Photo Gallery
The four Dearborn-based high schools – Dearborn High, Divine Child, Edsel Ford and Fordson – all competed in a round-robin tournament. The singles matches took place at Edsel Ford High School while the doubles steals took place across town at Dearborn High School.
It was a two-horse race between Dearborn and Divine Child, who each finished with 20 team points. The tiebreaker was more head-to-head matches, ultimately earning Dearborn the win (81-60) over Divine Child.
Each team received one team point for each head-to-head win on the day. Fordson (5 points) finished in third place while Edsel (3) placed fourth.
This is the third year in a row that the region’s annual event has only featured a four-team field. In 2019, the local showcase featured six competing teams.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many high school sports during the fall 2020 season faced restrictions regarding the maximum number of teams at an event. For tennis, there could therefore be no more than four teams in a single match.
While such restrictions are no longer in place, Dearborn Schools since this 2020 campaign have opted to keep it as a four-team event.
As for this year’s event, Dearborn and Divine Child each finished first and second in each of eight flights.
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Divine Child’s Stephen Balash was Top Gun, as he walked away with the #1 singles championship. Balash opened the day with a victory over Malik Jadallah of Dearborn (6-4, 7-6) before beating Blaise Kane of Edsel (6-0, 6-1) and Hamzah Fawaz of Fordson (6-2, 6 -1).
Jadallah finished second overall. After falling to Balash, the Pioneers’ No. 1 singles player beat Fawaz (6-0, 6-2) and Kane (6-2, 6-0).
Fawaz recovered a point for Fordson with his victory over Kane (6-3, 7-5).
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Dearborn’s Erik Giedeman had the most dominant performance of any stealing champion on Saturday, losing just five games overall. Giedeman beat Ryan Kokkatt of Divine Child (6-0, 6-1), Jad Soueidan of Fordson (6-0, 6-2) and Gregory Anderson of Edsel (6-1, 6-1).
Kokkatt finished in second place; he rebounded from his loss to Giedeman with wins over Anderson (6-4, 7-6) and Soueidan (6-0, 6-4).
Meanwhile, Anderson needed a decisive third set – the only such case of the eight steals on Saturday – to take care of Soueidan (6-0, 4-6, 10-7).
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The third singles champion was Dane Gertsen of Divine Child, thanks to his victories over Alex Peet of Dearborn (7-6, 6-4), Ahmed Alreyashi of Edsel (6-0, 6-1) and Mohamad Altairi of Fordson (6-0, 6-0).
Peet rebounded from his loss to Gertsen beating Altairi (6-0, 6-0) and Alreyashi (6-1, 6-0) to claim second place overall. Third place went to Alreyashi thanks to his victory over Altairi (6-4, 6-2).
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Dearborn’s Jason Anderson showed similar shades of dominance as teammate Giedeman on Saturday. Anderson passed Grayson Nicholl of Divine Child (6-1, 6-1) and Owen Righetti of Edsel (6-0, 6-0) while facing Hassan Kassem of Fordson (7-6, 6-4).
Nicholl had no trouble finishing second thanks to his victories over Righetti (6-0, 6-0) and Kassem (6-2, 6-4).
Kassem meanwhile ranked third with his win in straight sets over Righetti (6-0, 6-0).
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Dan Ejakov and Divine Child’s Coner Godwin teamed up for a first-place finish in Saturday’s first doubles flight. The pair first beat Dearborn’s Peter Schondorf and Matt Harrison (6-1, 6-4) before taking on Edsel’s Noah Williams and Jacob Brown (6-0, 6-0) and Ibrahim Bdeir and Moses Farhat of Fordson (6-1, 6-2).
Schondorf and Harrison recovered a second place with victories over Bdeir/Farhat (6-2, 6-1) and Williams/Brown (6-2, 6-0). The Edsel duo beat their Tractor counterparts (6-4, 7-5) to earn a team point.
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Sam Ciarelli and Spencer Shinske of Divine Child won a hard fought match against Ahmed Alcodray and Ali Abdelhafez of Dearborn (6-4, 6-4) to start the day. The Divine Child tandem then had small problems to dispatch Justin Harris and Jack Durant from Edsel Ford (6-1, 6-0), then Ameer Kayed and Moe Ammari from Fordson (6-3, 6-1).
Alcodray/Abdelhafez held off Kayed/Ammari (6-2, 6-1) and Harris/Durant (6-2, 6-0) to finish second, while Kayed/Ammari earned Fordson a point with their victory on Harris. / During (6-4, 6-0).
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The most convincing performance in the doubles matches came from Jack Fazio and Ayman Fakhoury of Dearborn. The Pioneers’ No. 3 battery lost just six games overall in wins over Divine Child’s Joseph Miller and Joseph Cruciani (6-1, 6-0); Fordson’s Abdulwahed Alnaweri and Sadeq Shyrim (7-5, 6-0); and Joaquin Franco and Steven Durant of Edsel (6-0, 6-0).
Miller/Cruciani worked quickly on Franco/Durant (6-0, 6-0) before beating Alnaweri/Shyrim (6-3, 7-5) for second place. Alnaweri/Shyrim salvaged a point for Fordson by beating Franco/Durant (6-2, 6-2).
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Mustafa Bazzi and Zach Ahmed of Dearborn went 3-0 that day thanks to wins over Drew LaPage and Josh Willis of Divine Child (6-2, 6-4); Fordson’s Hassan Bachrouche and Nasr Hussein (6-2, 6-1); and Edsel Ford’s Tyler Sharam and Diego Reihmer (6-0, 6-1).
LaPage/Willis solidified the Falcons’ second place with victories over Sharam/Reihmer (6-0, 6-1) and Bacharouche/Hussein (6-4, 6-1). Then it’s the Fordson duo who take care of their Edsel counterparts (6-0, 6-1).