Classic string music for trio of Tahoe players
South Shore’s Miriam Prim, Sally Huttenmeyer and Steve White won titles in last weekend’s Tahoe Classic at the Zephyr Cove Tennis Complex.
Prim and partner Cammy Salumaa of La Quinta, Calif., proved victorious over Julie Clarke of Mammoth Lakes and Ann Hope of Reno, 6-2, 6-1, in the women’s finals.
The women’s consolation title went to South Shore’s Terry Bengston and Jenny Bentley, who outlasted their local friends Sharon Doi-Sharp and Joyce Youngs, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3.
Also keeping a title in South Lake Tahoe was Stan White, who combined with Sacramento’s Barry Jacobsen to capture the men’s B crown. They defeated South Shore duo Phil Youngs and Scott Chaplin, 6-4, 6-3.
Florida’s Paul Proffer, who makes Glenbrook his summer home, paired with local Sally Huttenmeyer to claim the mixed B division title over South Shore’s Andy Davis and Chaplin, 6-0, 6-1.
Geno Delgado and Beverly Smith of Reseda, Calif., performed well and captured the mixed B consolation title over George and LuAnn Stehlik of Bishop. Winning the men’s B consolation championship was part-time Tahoe residents Don Brooks (Palm Desert) and Barry Eckenroth (Phoenix), who dispatched first-time Tahoe Classic participants Bob Davis and Dave Rittenhouse, 6-3, 6-3.
One of the more exciting finals unfolded in the century finals, where Mike Lecase of San Diego and Rick Taylor of Aptos prevailed in a three-setter over Jim Whitfield and Bob Szejn of Westlake Village, Calif.
Whitfield and Szejn advanced to the finals with a hard-earned three-set victory over locals Mike Taylor and Kirby Moulton. LeCaze and Rick Taylor won their semifinal over tournament director Hersh Herschman and Butch Stillman, 6-4, 6-3.
“They just outmuscled us, but there will be another day,” Herschman proclaimed.
In the century consolation finals, George Stehlik and John Trotter of Bishop, Calif., were victorious over Brad Shiller of Washington D.C. and South Shore’s Dick Fernandez, 6-2, 6-4.
The top four seeds held serve in the men’s A class as Michael DesJarlais and Jason Kedzierski of Reno defeated Reno counterparts Ray Woolley and Keith Cisar.
In the men’s A division consolation finals, John Trotter of Bishop and Riley Conn of Mammoth Lakes won a grueling three-setter over local Daryl Whitaker and partner Ken Mahrer of Seattle, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
The intriguing mixed A class lived up to expectations as the top four seeds reached the semifinals. Perennial winner Ray Woolley of Reno was receiving congratulations again as he and Penne Burgess of Carson City downed Hope and Keith Cisar of Reno, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.
Perhaps the tournament’s best match happened in the mixed A semifinals as Cisar and Hope tenaciously overcame the duo of Dick and Mary Noel, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.
In a fitting climax to a tournament where three-set matches were rampant, Riley Conn and Julie Clarke of Mammoth Lakes gutted out a third-set tiebreaker over Whitaker and Jenny Bentley of South Lake Tahoe, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) in the mixed A consolation finals.
“This was certainly our most competitive tourney and perhaps our most successful of the Tahoe Classic tournaments overall,” said Herschman, whose tournament attracted 96 doubles teams. “The tennis community was treated to a wonderful weekend of tennis excellence. Not only was it highly competitive in terms of athletic achievement, it was only surpassed by its manners and sportsmanship of participants.”
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