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Tahoe Classic finals crowded with South Shore tennis players

What might have been.

South Shore tennis players were part of five tennis finals in the Tahoe Tennis Classic on Sunday in Zephyr Cove, but not one of those teams was able to realize a championship.

Only the husband-and-wife team of Vince and Sara Catania of Incline Village provided Lake Tahoe with a championship in the 27th annual tennis tournament.



The Catanias edged Sue and Greg Beaumonte of Petaluma, Calif., 7-6, 7-6 to capture the mixed B division championship.

Ryan Johnston and Colin Moulton of the South Shore won the first set in the men’s A division title match but were overtaken by Sacramento’s Steve Fabela and Luis Reise, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4.



Longtime South Shore resident Neil Trebotich and his local partner Kelvin Ikehara also took the first set in their men’s B title match, but Jan and Kevin Whitmeyer of Palm Desert, Calif., came charging back to win, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Johnston also appeared in the mixed A division finals, as he and Holly Tretten of Reno lost to Isabella Kling and Mike Norton of Sacramento, 7-5, 6-2.

South Shore’s Rob Wheatley and Bob Beautenmiller reached the century division championship before losing to Randy Houston of Rancho Mirage, Calif., and Mark Peterson of La Quinta, Calif., 7-5, 6-1.

Co-tournament director Hersh Herschman qualified for the finals of the super century division. Herschman and 76-year-old partner Jim Nelson of Palm Desert fell to Dennis Bowers of Hemet and Richard Ortiz of Hollywood, 6-4, 6-3.

Two South Shore teams won consolation titles. Yrma Haro and John D’Aintree claimed the mixed B consolation win, while Tricia Ward and Sharla Freeman captured the ladies’ consolation title.

Weekend thunderstorms and rain didn’t impede the tournament.

“There was no impact,” Herschman said. “God took care of us again. We got done 30-40 minutes before it started to rain.”

Herschman and his wife, Sheryl, plan to hold the tournament for at least another three years.

“When we restarted last year, the agreement was for five-year increments,” Sheryl said. “It boils down whether we have the energy and our health. If we’re healthy, there is no reason why we shouldn’t do this. For us, it’s what we do in August.”

Next year the Herschmans plan to get more locals involved by adding an additional division.

“We’ve always wanted to add another division to cater to our local intermediate players,” Sheryl said.

27th Tahoe Tennis Classic

Century Division

Randy Houston of Rancho Mirage, Calif., and Mark Peterson of La Quinta, Calif., def. Rob Wheatley and Bob Beautenmiller of South Shore, 7-5, 6-1

Super Century Division

Dennis Bowers of Hemet, Calif., and Richard Ortiz of Hollywood, Calif., def. Hersh Herschman of South Shore and Jim Nelson of Palm Desert, Calif., 6-4, 6-3

Super Century Division Consolation Final

Ron Gilman and Stillson Judah of Lincoln, Calif., def. John Edmondson and Clem Jacquet of South Shore, 6-4, 6-3

Mens A Division

Steve Fabela and Luis Reis of Sacramento, def. Ryan Johnston and Colin Moulton of South Shore, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4

Mens B Division

Jan Whitmeyer and Kevin Whitmeyer of Palm Desert, Calif.,

def. Neil Trebotich and Kelvin Ikehara of South Shore, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

Mens B Consolation Division Final

Duane and Vince Catania of Incline Village def. Les Spear and Gunther Barsch of South Shore, 6-4, 6-1

Ladies Division

Isabella Kling and Keri Mills of Sacramento def. Jeanette Berry and Holly Tretten of Reno, 6-0, 6-1

Ladies Consolation Division Final

Tricia Ward and Sharla Freeman of South Shore, def. Linda Vollenhals and Barbara Cooper of South Shore, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4

Mixed A Division

Isabella Kling and Mike Norton of Sacramento def. Holly Tretten of Reno and Ryan Johnston of South Shore, 7-5, 6-2

Mixed B Division

Sara and Vince Catania of Incline Village def. Sue and Greg Beaumonte of Petaluma, Calif., 7-6, 7-6

Mixed B Consolation Division Final

Yrma Haro and John D’Aintree of South Shore def. George and Gerri Shackelford of Temecula, Calif., 6-4, 6-3


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