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Champs off to regionals

By NANCY MORGAN
Published July 7, 2006


Local champions in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Adult Tennis League leave next week for the USTA Florida Central, West Regional Championships in Daytona Beach. Teams of Pasco and Pinellas counties competed for league bragging rights from March to June.

Five women's teams and four men's will face teams representing Tampa, Orlando, Polk County and Space Coast in round-robin competition with hopes of advancing to the state tournament in August.

Competing among the women will be Royal Racquet Club 4.5, McMullen 4.0, Countryside Country Club 3.5 and 3.0 and Feather Sound Country Club 2.5.

Men's teams include Seminole Lake Tennis Academy 4.5, McMullen 4.0, Shipwatch Tennis Club 3.5 and Countryside 3.0.

"We were in just a two-team local league, but we were tested and had to play well," said Donna Roberts, captain of Royal's 4.5 squad. "We have a lot more diversity this year and more strength in doubles. At regionals, if everyone is truly a 4.5, we have as good an option as anybody else."

Roberts is joined by Linda Thomson, Judi Morris, Debbie Hobbs, Nancy Boyce, Julie McGuire, Stephanie Ladell, B.J. Stewart, Barbara Soto, Janet Poort, Judith Sly, Kimberly Johnson, Cathy Lenhardt, Donna Coddington, Lisa Freeman and Heather Comfort.

McMullen's 4.0 squad finished first in its division and won a four-team round robin to qualify for regionals. Playing singles were Anne Pulley, Marion Murch, Nancy Morgan, Ria Graham, Dee Dolson, Lolita Shull, Laura Hungiville and Tammy Conrad. Rounding out the team are Hank Skoczen, Michele Pennie, Debbie Zillig, Sharon Carlile, Carol Levin and Sandy Lamy.

Countryside's 3.5 team was unbeaten in its 11-team division. Team captain Catherine Kelly says the team's willingness to work together was a key factor in its success.

Jo Szeto, Dina Glover, Kassie Ruby, Debbie Golomb, Mei Berry and Barbara Brown-Emery played most of the singles. Rounding out the squad are Kim Rega, Lauren Coogan, Jennifer Bell, Lisa Harris, Tracey Sullivan, Mary Beth Whiteleather, Minnie Roth, Gigi Mashburn, Lea Avery, Mary Guthrie and Missy Hayslett.

This will be Countryside 3.0's third trip to regionals. Last year, the team missed advancing by a single point. Captain Lisa Pratt is hoping the 11-player squad will have different results this year.

Joining Pratt are Joyce Hall, Kim Rega, Jil Colen, Gillian Irving, Pam Collins, Mary Guthrie, Lea Avery, Rachel Mayhew, Catherine Kelly and Mona Lee.

Feather Sound 2.5 was unbeaten and includes captain Cecelia Ford, Nathalie Gordon, Deborah Gould, Cherra Wammock, Sarah Caffee, Pamela Suetholtz, Deborah Tucker, Arabela Stock and Ivy Vincent.

Mike Hooper, captain of the Seminole 4.5, is taking 10 players to regionals. Hooper, Chris Rivera, Craig Hajdich and Marvin Wilhite will play most of the singles, said Hooper, and Mark Curran, Steve Baccich, Rick Ebelke, Bill McMahon, Rick Workman, Craig Gordon and Scot Monette will mix around for doubles pairings.

Dave Heeder, non-playing captain of the McMullen 4.0 team, likes the squad's chances at regionals. Players include Steve Rosenkranz, Lance Cohen, Ron Bedlack, Franz Henikl, Todd Legault, Jeff Mahnke, Kevin Hayslett, Greg Burke, Clark Higgs, Mike Carrigan, Michael Juno, John Beda, Kenneth Emery and Reinaldo Valor.

Shipwatch qualified for regionals when it defeated McMullen in a 3.5 playoff. Players include captain Joe Bulone, John Gelestor, Larry Atkinson, John Todia, Al Smith, John Main, Eddie Earls, Joe Campbell, Ted Wells, Fred Glenn, Tom Rinehart, John Dodson, Stephen Greenberg, Les Spang and James Schroeder.

Countryside 3.0 lost just once all season among five teams. Players include captain Frank Blainey, Art Esterbrook, Ed Ostiguy, Blake Rahman, Kurt Frahn, Justin Larue, Dmitry Grebenev, Tim Ingram, Brian Spiegel, David Connell, Bert Tucker, Marty Allsup, Werner Strange and Patrick Nehls.

Teams compete July 14-17 at the Florida Tennis Center.

NET SHOTS: Kristin Pearson in the girls 12-and-under, Ben Hwang in the boys 14 and Lionel Kogan in the boys 16 collected singles titles in last weekend's Temple Terrace Junior Summer Bash. Yves Jacobs reached the boys 16 final.

Consolation winners included Shaena Keefe in the girls 18 and Jonathan Kidder in the boys 16.

- Reaching the quarterfinals in last month's Florida Open Championships were Alexander Domijan in the boys 18 and No. 3 Alexis Dorr in the girls 18. Playing to the round of 16 were Lindsay Dvoark and Yumi Hasegawa in girls 18 and Jorge Guerra the boys 16.

Morgan Frank reached the round of 32 and then won five matches in the consolation.

COMING UP: Royal Racquet Super Series for juniors 14-and-under begins in Clearwater Saturday. Call 727-799-3200. . . . An NTRP Designated Tournament is this weekend at Countryside Country Club for players at least 19. Call 796-1136. . . . The Second Annual Tennis Camp at Ridgewood High School is July 27-28 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Directed by Ridgewood's coach Mike Pua, the camp is open to all levels for second to ninth graders. Cost is $40. Call 727-774-3900. . . . Quail Ridge Country Club hosts its Impact Training Summer Camp for players of all ages and levels. Call Brent Wellman at 727-919-2011.

- News for this column may be faxed to Nancy Morgan, 727 445-4119; e-mailed to namorgan46@msn.com or sent to 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756. Please include phone number.