Doubles tourney set for this weekend
One of the region’s largest tennis tournaments descends on the shores of Lake Tahoe this weekend when the 23rd annual Yonex Tahoe Classic begins on Friday at Zephyr Cove Tennis Complex.
Several hundred tennis players, ranging from former national champions to young rising stars, will compete in doubles competition covering a variety of divisions. Most divisions are full and tournament director Hersh Herschman even had to turn away interested teams.
However, there are still spots available in the Men’s ‘A’ Division and Ladies’ Division. Cost is $80 per team. Herschman has attracted a younger crowd in 2005, evidenced by a slew of Father-Son, Mother-Daughter, Mother-Son and sibling teams.
The most competitive divisions figure to be the Men’s ‘B’ Division and the Mixed ‘B’ Division.
Kevin Casey and Jeannette Duff of Auburn are the No. 1 seed in the mixed division and the No. 2 seed is the team of Sam Burke and Kelly Morrissey. Bob and Jodie Koerner, who are former Tahoe locals but now live in Palm Desert, Calif., are the fourth seed for the second-straight year.
In the Men’s ‘B’ Division, Stan Wilkins and Bruce Mack are the No. 1 seed, while Las Vegas native Peter Cranston, a highly-ranked national level player, and part-time Tahoe resident Tim Roslansky are the No. 2 seed. The tournament’s youngest player ever is 11-year-old Gardnerville native James Ten Broek, who will team up with Bob Beut and might surprised a few teams.
“Stan always proves himself to be a gentleman, both on and off the court,” Herschman said. “And Tim still has his wicked slice service and booming groundies. But do not be surprised if you see James and Bob on the victory stand as champions.”
Matches will begin each day starting at 7:45 a.m. First-round action starts on Friday and the men’s and women’s finals are schedule for Sunday morning.
In the Century Division, defending champions Mark Peterson and Randy Houston are back to defend their title and Dick Noel and Chuck Beatty of Bakersfield are expected to provide them a stiff challenge.
The Mixed ‘A’ Division is led by locals Ryan Johnston and Vanessa Smaine. South Tahoe boys tennis coach Kyle Horvath and partner Kathy Wharton are also a threat in this division as the No. 2 seed. The No. 3 seed in the Mixed ‘A’ Division is the team of former University of Nevada tennis coach Kurt Richter and Kristen Davenport.
“Ryan is a wondrous shot maker and his forehand terrorizes his opponents,” Herschman said. “Horvath brings his formidable serve and lethal backhand, and Kathy has always had one of the fastest serves of any female on the South Shore.”
In the Ladies’ Division, Jodie Koerner and Carson City’s Peggy Twedt appear to be best team. Trudy Miya and Stacy Whittingham are the No. 2 seed and the Mother-Daughter team of Becky Smiser and Colleen Witt is the No. 3 seed.
As always, the Men’s ‘A’ Division is the premier bracket. Defending champions Mark Peterson and Randy Houston are the No. 1 seed. Reno residents Glen Grissillo and John Powers, who won the division in 2003, will be the No. 2 seed. Johnston and Horvath will represent Tahoe as the No. 3 seed.
For more information, call Herschman at (775) 588-3688.
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