Local tennis players shine at area tournaments
Tahoe Tennis Academy and South Tahoe High School player Sydney Dufty captured the girls’ 18 and under division title with a straight set victory at the BLTA Satellite Tournament last weekend at STHS tennis courts.
Dufty defeated Amanda Gohr of Carson City 6,2, 6-4. The tournament was the fourth in a summer series of six tournaments sponsored by the Reno-based Biggest Little Tennis Association.
“Sydney is one of the hardest workers in our summer workouts and it is starting to pay off,” said STHS coach Pat Fagen. “I expect her to have a good senior year for the STHS team.
Dufty, though, wasn’t the only South Shore player to have success at the tournament. South Tahoe High School’s Masha Long took second in the girls’ 16 and under division, losing to Sierra Leeder of Reno in the finals, 6-4, 6-1.
Last month in another BLTA satellite tourney, Long won the girls’ 16 and under title.
“Leeder is one of the top high school players in Northern Nevada,” Fagen said. “Masha played the best she has ever played as she jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to maintain that level of play for the entire match.”
Other Tahoe Tennis Academy and STHS players who participated in the tournament were Lenny Schmedes, Cierra Rawlings, Lauren Sannazzaro, Casey Cole, Chela Wahl and three incoming freshman – Hannah Kroph, Simone Sannazzaro and Jenny Wiseman.
Schmedes won the consolation round in the girls’ 16 and under division at a previous satellite tournament.
“We have some good freshman girls coming up this season that should compete for varsity playing time right away,” Fagen said.
Four other Tahoe Tennis Academy students won trophies.
Kayla Whitemeyer won the girls’ 14 and under division with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Anja Wittels of Tahoe City. Mickey Murphy won the girls’ 10 and under division with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Reno’s Sara Bleakney.
In the girls’ 12 and under division, Rebecca Roberts took second and Gregory Baghdikian took second in the boys’ 10 and under division. Roberts won the consolation round in the girls’ 14 and under division in an earlier satellite tournament.
Others from the Tahoe Tennis Academy who competed were Zach Kroph, Kevin Whitemeyer, David Grand, Tyler Venema, Derek Garafolas, Grant Jones, Francisco Marin, Grant Fagen, Dru Brothers, Lindsey Martin and Cassandra Martin.
The local Junior Enrichment Tennis Training (JETT) program had two players who competed, with both finishing second in their respective divisions. James Gray reached the boys’ 18 and under final and STHS player Nathan Garafolas lost in the boys’ 16 and under final.
The Zephyr Cove junior program also had several rising stars play well in the event, including Clayton Cole, Hans Mayer, Jerod Kollar, Jade Copple, Jordan Zager, Adam Laub, Cameron Chase, Sasha Rupp, Ellie McCall and Shannon Marshall.
“Junior tennis on the South Shore has never had this number of players and depth of talent as at the present,” Fagen said. “I am really proud of all the hard work these kids are putting into learning the game.”
For more information on summer classes and the Tahoe Tennis Academy, call Fagen at (530) 541-8492 or email him at email@example.com.
Police and Fire Games heating up
The Western States Police and Fire Games began on July 23 and continue through Saturday on the South Shore. There have been some Tahoe officials who have had good results in the various sporting events.
Firefighter Sue Martineau of North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District won the gold medal in the 5K run. Captain Steve Wetterer of the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District won a gold medal in light heavyweight in the Grand Masters Division and also won gold in the overall in bodybuilding.
John Pang, who is the Fire Chief of the Meeks Bay Fire Department, also had a top finish in the 10K team run.
For more information, visit http://www.wspfg2005.org.
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