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July 26, 2006 07:50 PM

USTA South Carolina

Area Reports – Summer, 2006

NORTHWEST AREA REPORT

BELTON:

Belton Tennis congratulates Mark Smith in his move to Director of Tennis at Gatewood Club in Greenwood. This is an excellent opportunity for Mark. Mark will continue to serve as co-director of the Wachovia Palmetto Championships.

Jonathan Rice, a former Belton junior player, will take Mark's place working part-time to provide lessons and clinics.

The Wachovia Palmetto Championships will celebrate its 50th anniversary in Belton June 2-9. The Palmetto is the state's junior qualifying tournament and was first played in Belton in 1957. Over 500 juniors from throughout South Carolina are expected to compete, including most of the state's top-ranked players. The portraits of the 2005 South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame inductees - Bill Jolly and Ben Varn - will be unveiled during the Palmetto Fling on June 7.

The Hall of Fame Classic will be played for the 20th year in Belton October 7-8. The tournament is presented by the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation and features eight of the top high school girls teams in the state.

Clemson University Tennis Coach: Chuck Kriese:

For the third straight summer, Coach Kriese will be taking his "Total Tennis Training Camps" on the road to Sumter SC at Palmetto Park for two camps...The first will be June 18-23, and then again July 23-28. He will be working with Coach Mike Baker at Charleston Southern University the week of June 25-30 with a Total Tennis Training Camp there as well. A weekend mini-camp is planned at Hartsville Country Club the weekend of July 14-16. A "thank you" goes to Joe Cap for the invitation there once again. Coach Kriese will have four sessions at Clemson once again. Anyone interested can see full information at his website at www.totaltennistraining.com At each and every session this summer, they will be teaching and promoting the "Serve-it-Back" mentoring program for youngsters so that they learn to give back to others what they learn on the court.

Clinton Family YMCA:

The Clinton Family YMCA held its 18th annual Junior Tennis Classic. 103 players competed.

Presbyterian College Women’s Tennis Coach: Bobby McKee:

Coach McKee was awarded the South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year. His Elementary Clinics (for 5K through 5th grade), which are held twice a week, have been very popular. He and his fellow coaches (Chuck Waldron and Charles Ray) started with six children in their first clinic, and now they are seeing twenty per clinic. Their participation reflects an increase in junior participation in the Clinton area.

Cardio Tennis clinics have been offered on Monday evenings, which have been popular in the community.

The summer program on the Callaway Courts will continue with Chuck Waldron, and Coach McKee will return in late August. He will continue the Cardio Tennis program and some community involvement programs with the members of the PC Tennis Teams.

For more information, check out his website: www.mckeetennis.com

Clinton-Laurens-Newberry Tennis Association:

The CLNTA’s 3.0 men’s senior team won at the local level through the Greenwood Area Tennis Association in the Spring season and advanced to the State Championships May 13-15 on Hilton Head Island. (They lost to the eventual 3.0 Men’s Senior Champion, Hilton Head, in a third-set match break.)

The CLNTA will hold its first-ever sanctioned One-Day Mixed Doubles Tournament on August 26th on the brand-new tennis courts at the Laurens City Park. A grand opening will be held during this tournament to showcase the courts and tennis complex and to honor the family of the late Morris Crump, of whom the courts will be named.

The CLNTA and the Laurens City Parks and Recreation will host a junior clinic this July on the Morris Crump Tennis Courts at the Laurens City Park.

(For more information, please see their website: www.clnta.org)

West Area Report

Percival Leads Mountaineers

Stacey Percival wrapped her second year of college tennis at West Virginia with an outstanding 27-15 record this season. Playing in the upper part of the line-up in singles and #1 doubles, she held the Mountaineers to an overall 6th place finish in the Big East Conference. For her efforts, she was named Most Outstanding Athlete for the women's tennis team. Percival now has a 53-25 record during her first two years in Morgantown.

SC State Men and Women Return to NCAA's For Second Straight Year

Coach Hardeep Judge's SC State Bulldogs won the men's and women's MEAC Championships this spring. For their efforts, the both squads were awarded bids to the NCAA Regionals in early May at Chapel Hill, NC. Both of Coach Judge's teams were defeated in the first round by the University of North Carolina.

High School Results…

Several teams from the West Area qualified for the state high school playoffs. South Aiken defeated Gaffney 5-1 in the first round of the AAAA tournament before falling to Spartanburg in the second round. Aiken High was defeated in the first round by Fort Mill in AAAA, and Silver Bluff was defeated by Bishop England in the first round of the AA bracket. Brain Monahon of Aiken High advanced to the second round of the AAAA-AAA state individual tournament, and Daniel Alexander of Barnwell was defeated in the first round of the AA-A event.

2006 AATL USTA League Winners

The following teams advanced to the USTA/SC Adult League Championships by virtue of winning their respective AATL Adult Divisions this spring.

Women’s 3.0 Adult Linda Danker Odell Weeks

Women’s 3.5 Adult Mari Gwyn Littlefield Odell Weeks

Women’s 4.0 Adult Lori Thatcher Odell Weeks

Men’s 3.0 Adult Jack Snipes Houndslake

Men’s 3.5 Adult Kudy Pariaydth Odell Weeks

Men’s 4.0 Adult Tom Supensky Woodside Plantation

The following teams advanced to the USTA/SC Senior League Championships by virtue of winning their respective AATL Senior Divisions this spring.

Senior 3.0 Women Mary Abele Woodside Plantation

Senior 3.5 Men Royce Borden Woodside Plantation

USTA Sanctioned Tournaments In West Area

Woodside Plantation Country Club hosted 125 juniors from South Carolina and Georgia the weekend of May 12-14th. They will also host the Woodside Plantation Summer Classic July 7th-9th.

Odell Weeks Tennis Center will host the Aiken Junior Open July 21st-23rd.

Mount Vintage Plantation will host the Mount Vintage Doubles Invitational, a doubles only event for juniors, August 11th-13th .

Houndslake Country Club will play host to the Houndslake Junior Open September 29th through October 1st.

Mount Vintage Plantation 3.0 Mixed Doubles Invitational

Teams from West Lake CC, Houndslake CC, and Woodside Plantation CC were invited to a day long round robin at the new tennis facility at Mount Vintage Plantation on May 6th. Despite an early rainout, the event was enjoyed by everyone who participated.

Southeast Area Report

USTA Leagues:

The LCTA Mixed Doubles season is in full swing with 97 teams and almost 1200 players already signed up to play.

Eight teams won the SC USTA State Championships and will represent our state in the Southen Sectionals! The 4.5 Senior Women captained by Carrie Randall, The Open Women captained by Meredith Barth The 4.5 Ladies

captained by Becky Fenno, The 4.0 Ladies Team captained by Gene Owens, The Open Men captained by Chris Henderson, The 5.5 Men captained by Brian Burke and Stuart Smalls, The Men's 5.0 Team captained by James Jones and the 4.0 Men's Team captained by Jeff Young. Congratulations to all these competitors.

Local Events:

The Family Circle Cup was its usual rousing success. Many new faces, however, led to interesting matches. Patrova beat Schnyder in the women's finals.

About 3000 tennis fans got to see Andy Roddick, the Bryan brothers, and Paul Goldstein participate in a night of exhibition matches at the Family Circle Tennis Center. In one of the preliminary events, Charleston native, Ryan Young, led a doubles team from Clemson to win over a team from USC.

Community Tennis:

Lowcountry Junior Team Tennis- The first winter of JTT was completed with over 120 players and three new facilities participating. 100 kids played in the City Championship in April. New program director, Joyce Arrington, helped guide the growth of the program. Lowcountry Junior Tennis Association- The LJTA is now the official organization that oversees all recreational junior tennis programs in the Charleston area. Lee Brockman, Charleston Country Club Director of Tennis, did the legal paper work for this organization and it was submitted to the state for approval. The association is committed to supporting and promoting a fun and safe environment for youth tennis and providing opportunities to develop character, self-reliance, and discipline through the sport of tennis. The program oversees all existing rec. youth programs including JTT, The Tri-county elem. and middle school league, Courting Kids, and two new programs, The Lowcountry Rallyball League and the Future Aces After School Program. Recreational Coaches Workshops- A Recreational Coaches Workshop was held on March 4th at the Charleston Tennis Center. It was conducted by Jorge Andrew of Lexington County Tennis Complex.

Boys and Girls Club of the Tridaen Area- Under the direction of board member and local pro Sandeep Reddy, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Trident Area have begun an after school program for their program participants. The organization recently received a grant from the Southern Section to purchase equipment and supplies to expand the program.

Achievements:

Brend Carter of Charleston SC keeps it rolling! She won all of her singles matches to help the US Women's 55 Team win the silver at the prestigious 2006 Maureen Conolly Cup. The polished US Team was victorious against Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, and France during the International Tennis Team Championships at the Chiltern Tennis Club in

Durban, South Africa, April 17 - 22, 2006.

Suzie Pieffer of Charleston, SC was a finalist in the Women's 55 Nationals in Chicago. Suzie and Cindy Babbs, of Mount Pleasant, SC also won the Consolation Doubles. Jonathon and Meredith Barth won the National Husband and Wife Doubles. More details later on whether they are still speaking to each other...congrats!!

Southern Area Director’s Report

It continues to be very busy in our area with the Billy Bob, Banana Open, the new Bluffton Today Open, and the newly sanctioned David M. Carmines just completing. Various Hilton Head clubs hosted the State Senior Championships as well as sent 11 teams to participate. Overall, TAHHI reports that 102 senior teams and 55 adult teams or nearly 1500 competed in USTA events this spring.

Julie Jilly of PTR reports that 40 athletes participated in the Hilton Head Special Olympics and Tennis Celebration at the Port Royal Club. We also celebrated Tennis Month with a Tennis Block Party held at Chaplin Park. Visiting Graham Cox saw about 150 enjoy Cardio Tennis, clinics, lessons and exhibitions. Patricia Hy was one of many local pros sharing their expertise and time.

PTI has reorganized management and has begun a new era. PTI Bluffton is expanding into the Ridgeland – Hardeeville area, where much growth is expected over the next few years, offering a summer program, which will turn into an after-school program. A racquet drive organized by Art Meeder collected over 75 needed racquets. Dave Reidmayer, PTI Beaufort branch, reports brisk activity. In addition to hosting the sanctioned Beaufort Summer Splash, he sees more and more camps and clinics as well as professional lessons sprouting up.

TAHHI, with nearly 1700 members and celebrating 25th anniversary, received and distributed two Community Development grants to Public Tennis Inc. and Beaufort Tennis Association has new.

More local growth is expected as the Mixed Doubles Leagues get underway. Junior Team Tennis begins and features four teams, one coached by Long Cove’s Scott Nichols. The area had seven players accepted to Senior Cup and are sending more juniors into the tournament ranks.

The Columbia Tennis League and the Lexington Area Tennis Association city championships will play for state titles in the next two weeks. There are a number of events that are coming up in the next weeks concerning tennis in the Midlands. The Rising Stars 2 (Novice) One-Day Shootout, Caughman Road Tennis Center (juniors). Saturday thru-Monday South Carolina state playoffs (2.5, 4.0, 4.5,5.0). The Longcreek Senior Doubles Tournament. The Outback NBSC Tournament in Sumter. We could not go on with out saluting the following area high school teams for having an outstanding tennis season, A.C. Flora was defeated by powerhouse Myrtle Beach thus ending the Falcons two year state title run. The Lexington Boys captured their state 3rd title in a row and their 4th crown in five years, (outstanding coaching job-Joe Bailey- Robbie Hunter) The Christ Church Episcopal tennis team captured its eight(you heard it right) eight consecutive Class A2A tennis championship (must be something in the water). THE Month of May is designated tennis month by the honorable Mark Sanford governor of South Carolina, there were a number of Rock and Rally planned around several city and county parks around the city. The JTL kicked off its Jamboree at the Lexington Tennis Complex May 6, 2006. We just have to salute the winners at SC/STATE CLOSED Senior Hard Court Championships: Single winners,M35s Garth Thomson, M40s Bill Besley 45s Al Cannon, 50s Jim Hinson: Men’s 55s Bill Jagger Men’s 60’s Doyle Loftis: 65’s: Ben Varn: 70;s Johnnie Willams: women’s 40s: Sharon Bailey: 55’s Susan Peiffer.

Doubles Winners:40’s Men Bunch/Glassman men’s 45 Cannon/Sheaffer men’s 50’s Barker/Frazier: 55’s Barker/Henry: men’s 60’s Iannuzzi/Young men’s 65’s Foster/Varn men’s 70’s Newcome/Wardman: women35’s Gray/ Olsen women’s 40’s Huff/Hutto: women’s 45’s Gray/Kassianos: Mixed Winners40’s Cannon/Maddox. USTA/SC salutes all of its teams from the Midlands that is participating in State Championships at Greenville S.C. We will make the Midlands proud.

The state playoffs were this past weekend at Greenville Country Club, Furman University, and Thorneblade Country Club. The teams that participated had a blast and not to mention the tennis was outstanding. THANKS MARY GOINS, PATSY HARRELLSON, BONNIE SUE DUNCAN, JEFF YOUNG, ROBB THOMPSON, JOYCE HARRELLSON, SAM HICKS and the wonderful staff at USTA/SC for making this an enjoyable weekend.

East AREA REPORT

The Grand Strand had one champion in the recent USTA South Carolina Senior League Championships played at Hilton Head Island. Winning top honors were the Grande Dunes Tennis Club Senior 4.0 Women. Next, these state champions will compete for the Sectional Championships July 22-25 in Charleston.

Our championship team from the Grande Dunes Tennis Club was made up of Captain Jackie Carpenter, Annette Graham, Rita Gray, Sarah Jackson, Kathy Brittain, Andie Stanford, Doreen Cribb, Jean Schmid and Brenda Varnum.

High School Champions

The Myrtle Beach High school boys tennis team won the Class AAA State Championship when they defeated A.C. Flora 5-1 May 6 in Columbia. Members of this winning Seahawk team were: Ross Moyer, John Hairston, Heinz Gildemeister, Chip Cox, Elliott Smith, Charles Powers and William Render. With a 17-1 record, this was their sixth state championship.

Waccamaw High School came up short in their bid for the State Class AA tennis championships at the Richmond County Tennis Center in Columbia. The Warriors (16-2) lost in the finals to Christ Church 4-3.

GSTL Board News

The Grand Strand Tennis League Board meet once a month to improve tennis on the Grand Strand. President David Honeycutt and Vice President Susie Honeycutt are constantly seeking new ideas from their board members to grow the game of tennis.

The GSTL (league) and GSTF (foundation) are doing very will financially. Recently, the GSTF received a marketing grant for $2,654.48 from the USTA South Carolina chapter to cover the cost of our new web site. Please visit www.grandstrandtennis.net for the latest up-to-date news on Grand Strand tennis.

Tournament results

The A. Foster McKissick Tennis Tournament was played March 16-19 at the Litchfield Racquet Club. This South Carolina (STA 150 points) Level 2 tournament had 208 of the best tennis players throughout the state. The quality of play was excellent in this tournament as there were 54 three-set matches.

The Grand Dunes Tennis Club Adult Spring Classic (STA 150 Points) was completed at the Grande Dunes Tennis Club in March. This Level 2 sanctioned event had 205 total players, including 106 locals.

The Dunes Grand Prix Junior Open was completed April 1-3 at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club. This Level 3 sanctioned singles tournament had 130 total players, including 33 locals. Our juniors who won their event were: Top-seeded Madison McNeill won the Girls’s 10 Singles when she defeated Jessie Mae Dumas 6-2, 6-4. Top-seeded Jordan Lazarus won the Girl’s 14 Singles.

The Grand Strand Nissan tournament was held at the Prestwick Tennis Club April 21-23 with 188 total players, including 136 local adults. Although rain hampered this Level 3 sanctioned event, it was completed on time with several locals winning their divisions.

The South Carolina State Closed Senior Hardcourt Championships were completed at the Lexington County Tennis Complex with two winners from the Grand Strand. Bill Jagger, seeded No. 2, won the Men’s 55 Singles title. Top-seeded Johnnie Williams won the Men’s 70 Singles when he defeated Dick Wardman in the finals 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-2.

The Smash Junior Cup was completed February 24-27 at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island. This sanctioned singles tournament is a South Carolina Level II and Southern Level V event. Selection into this tournament was based on state and regional rankings. Participation in this event totaled 388 players divided into draws of 64. The Grand Strand sent 28 players with two juniors winning championship titles.

Ross Moyer, seeded No. 2, won five matches to capture the Boy’s 18 Singles Championship. Harrison Richmond won six matches to win the Boy’s 14 Singles Championship.

The City of Myrtle Beach Challenger completed April 14-16 at the City of Myrtle Beach Tennis Center had 39 players, including 16 local juniors. Winning for the Grand Strand were: Top-seeded Tommy Martel won the boy’s 10 Singles. In the Boy’s 14 Singles, top-seeded Elliot Giddens defeated Henri Liriani in the finals. In the Girl’s 10 Singles, top-seeded Taylor Childress defeated Jessie Mae Dumas 6-2, 6-4. And in the Girl’s 14 Singles, second-seeded Ann Abbott defeated Hannah Nuckles in the finals.

Top-seeds Chip and Stephanie Cox both won their events in the Cardinal Racquet Club Junior tennis Championships held March 24-26 in Anderson. This Level 3 sanctioned singles event had 162 players with the Cox siblings stealing the show. Stephanie won the Girl’s 14s title and 12-year-old Chip took the Boy’s 14 Singles championship.

The Topspin Annual Junior classic STA L3 played in Lexington in March had 292 total players, including 20 local juniors. Stephanie Cox, seeded No.5, won five matches to win the girl’s 14 Singles title.

Ann Abbott won the girl’s 14 Singles title in the April Camden Country Club Junior Challenger . En route to the title she defeated the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds in the Level 4 event with 52 players.

Taylor Childress won the Girl’s 10 Singles in the Longcreek Plantation Junior Challenger played in Columbia. This March Level 4 event had 66 total players.

Will Bull, the director of tennis from Kingston Plantation, won the Men’s 30s Singles and Doubles championships at the May Atlanta Senior Invitational Championship in Atlanta, Ga. This Category II National Tournament had 196 total players and offered approximately $25,000 in prize money.

Florence Junior Open

The Pepsi Junior Open held at the host site, the Florence Country Club, had 460 total players including 24 juniors from the Grand Strand. Our players who finished near the top were Harrison Richmond, seeded No. 9, as he won the Boy’s 14 Singles championship. Ross Moyer, seeded No.2, won four matches and finished second in the Boy’s 18 Singles. And Jordan Lazarus seeded No. 5, finished fifth in the Girl’s 14 Singles.

The Florence Junior challenger was wrapped up in February at the Florence Country Club. This Level 4 sanctioned event had 86 total players, including four local juniors.

New pro at DeBordieu

Vlad Handl, became the director of tennis at the DeBordieu Tennis Club Feb. 1 and hired Ben Schuster as the assistant tennis pro on March 11. Schuster previously taught at the Dunes West in Mount Pleasant.

NORTH AREA REPORT

The Limestone College tennis program recently wrapped up one of its most successful regular seasons in school history under the direction of their head coach, Tyler Davis. This year, Davis, a resident of Spartanburg, led both teams to their first national rankings and to their highest finishes ever in the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference. Davis, a 1998 graduate of Limestone, had an immediate impact on the Saints tennis program when he took over in 2005. In his first year as head coach, he led the men’s team to its first winning season since joining NCAA Division II. This season, he guided the women’s team to its best NCAA record in school history and was named CVAC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year. The Lady Saints posted their best season since becoming NCAA Division II members, posting a 19-9 overall record and a nearly perfect 9-1 CVAC record to finish No. 2 in the conference standings. On March 10, the women entered the national Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings at No. 36, and would remain in the ratings the rest of the season, being ranked at No. 37 in the latest rankings on April 7. Limestone had a terrific run in the conference tournament as the women advanced to the championship match where they fell to the defending CVAC Champion, No. 24-ranked Erskine College. Several Lady Saints enjoyed individual success throughout the season. Jennifer Snaider (Asuncion, Paraguay) was named CVAC Player-of-the-Week on two occasions, posting an impressive 24-3 record in her freshman campaign while earning All-Tournament and Second Team All-Conference honors. Lee Cribb (Spartanburg, S.C.) was also named to the CVAC All-Tournament team. Alexandra Gade (Copenhagen, Demark) was a First-Team All-CVAC winner after she finished the season with a 17-12 record playing at the No. 1 slot. Atlanta-native Jessie Griffin has a great first season of college tennis, winning 19 of her 27 matches. Limestone’s men’s tennis team persevered despite losing their No. 1 player, Christian Munn (Sao Paulo, Brazil) early in the season to a back injury. After losing six of their first 10 matches, the Saints found their rhythm and won their next six contests and finished the year with a 17-9 overall record. The team was rated nationally in the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings at No. 35 starting on March 10 for the first time in Limestone history. The squad finished No. 4 in the CVAC with a 6-3-conference record and got a trip to the CVAC tournament. Eric Sajowitz (Niceville, Fla.) and Peter Elsborg (Copenhagen, Denmark) both earned All-CVAC honors. Sajowitz was 15-14 in singles and was 11-10 playing at No. Elsborg, a freshman, posted a 13-12 record.

Spartanburg High just finished another successful season. The team had a 20-2 overall record. They lost to State Champs Lexington in upper state championships. They were the Clover Invitational Champions and Region Champions for a 3rd year in a row. 7 starters were named to the All-Region team. Coach Roy Shelton was named Co-Coach of the Year. Michael Nicol was Spartanburg Touchdown Club's Athlete of the Month. Michael Nicol and Alden Paul were selected for the state singles tournament; Michael Nicol made the All-State team for the 2nd year. They are awaiting the Herald -Journal awards.

The Spartanburg Athletic Club, under the direction of Freddy Azucey has begun its construction of 4 new clay courts and the surfacing of 5 hard courts. Also at SAC, a Pro Shop is on its way.

The Country Club of Spartanburg, has had a busy spring with a very successful Pro Invitational Tournament that hosted the most prize money in the tournament's history, $30,000. The tournament also has the largest contribution to Habitat for Humanity, which was also $30,000. C.C.S. held it's first Junior Tournament of the year and had over 100 participants and an eight and under division. The C.C.S. juniors did remarkably well with over ten winners in different divisions. The summer looks to be very busy, so C.C.S. has added Lee Floyd to the teaching staff. Lee plays tennis for the College of Charleston. The annual Pre Belton Camp starts May 29th and runs for a week. C.C.S. will have 30
juniors participate at Belton this year. Also planned for the summer is a trip to N.B.T.A. Director of Tennis, Cornelius Jordan, will be a Southern Coach again for the Boys and Girls 14s and under in Macon. He will also be a zonal coach in Pennsylvania. Head Pro's Stephen Broom and Wernher Hartzenberg will be traveling with junior to the Summer's big four tournaments: Belton, Southerns, Hard Courts and Clay Courts. Touring Pro John Chesworth made it into the finals of the Pro Invitational Consolations where he lost in a close three set match to Davis Cup player Victor Estrella. John claimed fitness to be his downfall.
Senior Cup, lead by Judge Tom Foster will be leaving June 1 to go to Columbus, GA. Everything is looking fairly good. They have had 2 setbacks in their women's team. In the 35s, Renata Marcinkowka and Diane Fishburne in the 45s have injuries and will not make the trip. Both have been number 1 in the world. Frank Meade in the men’s 75 has colon cancer and will not make it either. But we have about 37 players who will give it their best. Wish them luck and good health.

The Winthrop University women's team won its 5th in a row and 10th overall Big South Conference title and lost to Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The men's team won it's 3rd consecutive Big South Conference tournament and 4th overall and also lost to Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Cid Carvalho coaches both teams. Winthrop University is located in Rock Hill, SC

Tim Pleasant, Director of Tennis @ Rock Hill Tennis Center hosted the State High School Boy's Playoffs featuring the NorthWestern HS Boy's team. They played two rounds at the tennis center. They hosted the Clover High School Invitational this past spring, which brought some of the top high school players from around the State of SC. They had 12 teams in the tournament. They also hosted their first USTA tournament, in which we had 196 entries into the tournament and was a great success. They now have over 280 people that have join their tennis center in its first year of operation. By June 1st, they will have completed construction on their 500-seat championship court. Summer camps start May 26th and run through the second week of August. They offer half-day & full-day camps for our students. They sent (5) adult teams to the state playoffs for the spring USTA Adult Leagues.

The Westside Club, under the direction of Daniel Spatz, tennis director, has been working with Yaiza Franco, a 12 years old girl and her coach, Luciano Canela from Lanzarote, Spain. She is a ranked junior in her country. The club had a round-robin social and fund raiser for club member, Ron Davis's son-in-law, Brian Parrot. Brain has had surgery for cancer and the Club raised $500 to go toward hospital expenses. The tennis committee is working hard in preparation for its Labor Day Tournament. They anticipate a large number of players and plan several special events. They are also going to have a pre-Belton Camp during the week of May 28 thru June 2. With two indoors courts the camp will continue rain or shine.

 

 

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