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Five players earn golds at Senior Games

© St. Petersburg Times
published October 20, 2002

Gold was discovered by area players when they competed in this month's Senior Games in Temple Terrace.

Five gold medals were collected for singles and doubles play and three more in other sports. All together, a dozen medals were earned by six players. Medalists advance to the Florida Senior Games slated for Lakeland in December.

Jean Stallcup of Zephyrhills won the women's 65-69 singles title and teamed with Dade City's Astrid Staples to win the 65-69 doubles. Stallcup also won her division's table tennis competition.

"I had to move up a division this year, after winning the singles and ping pong in the 60-64 last year," Stallcup, 65, said. Last year, Stallcup paired with Roy Nyren in the mixed doubles, which they hope to do again at the state games.

In this month's event, Nyren won three gold medals, including the 65-69 doubles with Dick Moffatt. The pair finished second at state in the 60-64 last year. Nyren's two other medals were in the mile walk and the mile run.

Moffatt said his style complements Nyren's.

"When we put both our games together, we pretty much have 99 percent of the total game," Moffatt said. "I have a good drop shot and lob; Roy likes his cross-court and down-the-middle groundstrokes and has an awesome overhead."

In addition to Moffatt's gold with Nyren in doubles, he collected a bronze in singles and table tennis.

Ed Holtzhouse moved to the area from Michigan a year ago, so gold medals in the 60-64 doubles division with Joe Higgins and in the singles division were welcomed. "This was quite a treat and lots of fun," Holtzhouse said. "Since I'm pretty new here, this was my first time to play in an event like this. Joe and I hit it off pretty well as a team. He's steady and I'm fairly powerful, especially on my forehand."

Higgins also earned silvers in the 50- and 100-yard races.

Earl Olson, who has directed the Senior Games the past 15 years, was pleased with the increase in participation from last year. Twenty-six athletes from 50 to 85 competed in singles and doubles. The Florida Senior Games, eligible to athletes at least 50 years old, began in 1992 and became a qualifier for the National Senior Games two years later. After the state competition Dec. 7-15 in Lakeland is the national contest May 26 to June 9 in Hampton Roads, Va.

NET SHOTS: Kelly McCain of Wesley Chapel, a sophomore at Duke, won her first collegiate title with a singles victory in the Riviera/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women's All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif. She won 10 of her last 11 games with five victories over players in the top 25. McCain's title earns an automatic spot in the National Indoor Championships next month.

Marc Spicijaric teamed with Yoji Masuoka to reach the semifinals in the 18-and-under doubles of the Chanda Rubin Georgia ITF Tournament.

No. 10 Masuoka reached the round of 16 in singles, as did Lara Fakhoury among the girls.

Maureen Sternberg and Carolyn Speckman were second in last weekend's 3.5 round-robin competition in the Tournament of Champions.

Alex Deeb won three rounds and reached the round of 16 this month in the USTA National Clay Court Championships in Sarasota.

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