Today is the second installment of three retailers of the Top 10 Tri-County Sports Teams of Spring.
Today the sports staff will present teams #8 to #5. All of these teams had good seasons in some respects, but were short enough that it is fair to suggest that none of these teams contended for the top four. They all have something else in common. Each team has Fenton representation on their team.
No. 8 – Fenton/Linden Women’s Lacrosse: Since women’s lacrosse has existed in the Flint Metro League, the Heat are clearly the better team. As a result, the team usually gets pretty decent respect when it comes to our spring polls.
The Heat won a Flint Metro League title again this season. However, this season was a bit different from the previous five. This time the Heat had to share it with Swartz Creek, after the Dragons handed the Fenton/Linden team their first league loss in school history in the final regular season game of the year. . Winning the title gave the Heat that spot.
However, it is time to take this program to the next level. Dominating what is, unfortunately, a fairly weak league isn’t as impressive as it used to be. This team needs to start making waves against the best programs in the state. In the playoffs, the Heat saw their season end quickly with a 13-4 loss to Big White, the second time the team lost to the Bobcats, who ultimately lost 15-2 to Hartland, a program traditionally solid. Zone squads are still far from competing with these squads. It’s time to take the next step.
No. 7 – Fenton girls tennis: It was a Metro season the Tigers won’t soon forget. They dominated the Metro competition, winning a dominating 9-0 double record. In those games, the Tigers posted an impressive 64-8 record. They followed that success with a first-place finish at the Metro Tournament, resulting in an outright league crown.
However, the Tigers are now where the Holly Bronchos were when they were league champions for many seasons. Metro women’s tennis isn’t known for its depth quality, so earning a high spot in these polls comes from two things. First, teams earn it by playing and beating tough competition in the regular season. Second, a team must perform in the playoffs.
The Tigers narrowly failed regionals placing fourth. The Tigers are earning credit for an outstanding league season. However, to go higher, they had to earn at least one state trip to regionals.
Number 6 – Fenton Boys Athletics: The reigning D1 State Champions from last year and our No. 1 spring and school year team from a season ago put on another great showing this spring.
For the fifth consecutive season, the Tigers have won at least a share of a Flint Metro League crown or Stripes Division title, winning a co-championship with the Swartz Creek Dragons this spring. In double action, the Tigers dominated, going a perfect 5-0 against the division foes. They even crushed the Dragons 81-56.
However, in the league meet, Fenton finished second to Swartz Creek among divisional teams and third overall, forcing the Tigers and Dragons into a tie for the league crown.
In the regional meet, the Tigers also had a strong performance, placing fourth with 48 team points. Although they placed well regionally, the team didn’t have the strength to compete for a state crown again this season, having to settle for a 48th place team finish. Still, it was a great season to be a Tiger.
No. 5 – Fenton Girls’ Athletics: For the sixth consecutive season, the Tigers have won at least a share of a Flint Metro League championship or a Flint Metro League Stripes Division crown. This season, the Tigers shared it with area rivals Linden.
The Tigers were the dominant team in double play, going 5-0 undefeated. Even the Eagles didn’t really push the Tigers in their duel, with Fenton winning an 80-57 verdict. However, it was a different tune when the league met. The Eagles and Tigers battled it out throughout the encounter, with Linden securing a tight 159-145 advantage for first place among Stripes Division teams, forcing the two area rivals to a co-division championship. . It’s the first