Midwest / Western Michigan

March News

March 20, 2023

D. Scott Frew Scholarship Winners 

We had a huge number of applications this year for the D. Scott Frew Scholarship. Not only were the number of applications great, but so were all the applicants which made a very difficult decision for the Awards Committee.


The following two young adults are incredible role models for other players in Western Michigan. The winners of the $1,000 D. Scott Frew Scholarships are:


  • Anna Dinsmore from Portage Central High School
  • Isaac Postema from Grand Haven High School

Karie Schlukebir-Pennock Award Winner

The Karie Schlukebir-Pennock Award winner for 2023 was also chosen by the Awards Committee in March. Another outstanding group of applicants was submitted with the winner being Colson Wells from Okemos. He plans to attend and play on the team at the University of Nebraska.  

Junior Tournament Player Spotlights

Winners of the Level 7 and higher Tournaments in Western Michigan in February and early March are listed below.


Level 7 - Premier 2/4/2023

  • Kenneth Ge (Okemos)
  • AJ Droog (Grand Rapids)
  • Austin Rowland (Grand Rapids)
  • Kara Wiegand (Rockford)
  • Brooklyn Titus (Twin Lake)


Level 7 - Court One 2/11/23

  • Sonja Stokstad (East Lansing)


Level 7 - Premier - 2/18/23

  • Calvin Soukup (Jenison)
  • Jacob Plaskewicz (Hudsonville)
  • Erin Meiste (Allegan)
  • Becca Brashaber (Jackson)
  • Nadia Baird (Kalamazoo)
  • Muskan Rekhani (Grand Rapids)
  • Brooke Kushak (Ada)


Level 6 - South Shore Winter Championships - 2/11/2023

  • Nolan Ackerman (Mattawan)
  • Landon Coates (Stevensville)
  • Margie Glynn (Portage)


Level 3 Closed Doubles at Grand Rapids Racquet and Fitness - 2/18/2023

  • Colson Wells (Okemos) and Simon Caldwell (Grand Rapids)

Premier Update

As you may know, Premier is being bought by a non-profit and is looking for more donations to help reach their goal. Click here for the latest information and view past emails for the campaign.

Upcoming Tournaments

District Team Cup: June 16-18

Western Michigan is once again looking for our best players to compete against the other districts in the Midwest! This year the 18s is co-ed like the 12s and 14s. The deadline is May 21.  You must register in order to be selected and participate.  

Junior Team Tennis

Junior Team Tennis's winter seasons finished in March at Ferris State and Hope College. Ferris State had 48 participants in its first year and Hope had more than 200 for at least the seventh year in a row! Below are the links to the leagues.


Ferris State League

Hope College League


Two upcoming Junior Team Tennis programs include the Mid-Michigan Middle School League with more than 10 schools involved starting in April and the Junior Team Tennis District Championships in June. Here is the link for the JTT Championships on June 30.

Adult Tournaments

The Irish Open just finished with almost 200 players competing over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend at West Hills.


Here is the list of winners from Western Michigan:

  • 3.5 Men - Casey Tjalsma and Justin Rausch
  • 4.0 Men - Ryan McFall and Daniel TerHaar
  • 3.0 Women - Kaylee Kessler and Angie Portenga
  • 3.5 Women - Mallory Humphrey and Katie DeNooyer
  • 4.0 Women - Elizabeth Lamphier and Paulina Glovick
  • Open Mixed - Morgan Patterson and Austin Huynh
  • 3.0 Mixed - Joseph Parenti and Cassandra Halt
  • 3.5 Mixed - Patrick Irish and Jasmine Irish
  • 4.0 Mixed - Jeremy Andrick and Debbie Buchan
  • 4.5 Mixed - Audrey Hutton and Zachary Rabitoy


View all of the draws: Irish Open

Adult Leagues

Thank you to all teams for a great Fall/Winter session. The Fall/Winter session winners have been announced. Congratulations to the winning teams. View the list of winning teams:  Fall/Winter Winners.


The Spring/Summer session is underway and it is not too late to join a team. Check with your facility coordinator or contact Steve Mott at Steve@wmitennis.com if you need help finding a team.



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