By Teddy Rydquist
Leader Sports Writer
While the Oxford Wildcats boys’ tennis team wrapped up their season in Michigan High School Athletic Association district play at Clarkston High School on Oct. 10, head coach Ryan Ruzziconi’s group received plenty of recognition in the postseason award voting.
Compiling a team grade point average of over 3.7, Oxford was named an MHSAA Academic All-State team for the third straight year.
Placing a strong emphasis on the importance of being a student-athlete, Ruzziconi’s players have thrived – both on and off the court – as much as any team in Oakland County.
In addition to the group success, seven Wildcats picked up individual accolades. Winning 13 matches and finishing in second place in the Oakland Activities Association Blue League Tournament at Farmington High School on Oct. 4, senior Hayden Durant was named All-League at No. 1 Singles.
A classmate of Durant, Brock Heilig received his selection for his work at the No. 2 Singles level. A winner of 10 matches, Heilig also finished second in the OAA Blue Tournament.
The final Wildcat to receive honors for his play in singles, senior Cam Mumbrue was tabbed All-League in the No. 4 flight. Tying for the team-lead with 14 wins, Mumbrue was victorious at Farmington.
Showcasing the team’s versatility and depth, sophomore Chase Maier and junior Gabe Smith were voted as the league’s best at No. 2 Doubles. Matching Mumbrue’s mark with 14 triumphs, at least one of these two appears set to make the move to the No. 1 Doubles pair in 2020.
Speaking of No. 1 Doubles, senior Dane and junior Silas VonAllmen received honorable mention. Their second consecutive year picking up an honor, Silas will have to become acclimated to life without his older brother next season.
Previewing next year’s team, there will be an abundance of opportunities for younger players to move up and contribute at a higher level.
Graduating six seniors, Oxford will return seven players from this season’s varsity roster next fall.