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Harres, Dickinson win K-Swiss title

By CAREY FREEMAN

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 26, 2000


The tennis professionals are finishing their tournament schedules, but in Florida the recreation season is just beginning.

And what a beginning for Louise Harres and Mark Dickinson, who captured the first major title of the year with their win over 15 other teams in the K-Swiss Mixed Doubles Championship, Oct. 14-15 at Glen Lakes Tennis Club.

Harres and Dickinson, from Hernando County, defended their championship with aplomb, dropping only one set en route to the final, which they won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1 over the team of Shu Sha Obstfeld and Joel Diokno of Homosassa and Brooksville, respectively.

The only squad to push Harres and Dickinson to a third set was Susan and Leo Yason. They scored a 7-5 victory in the second set of their 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 semifinal loss to Harres and Dickinson.

The K-Swiss Championships were played under a non-elimination, directional format. Since there was no elimination, the format allowed for more matches and better competition.

Though the Yasons played the eventual champs as tough as any team in the event, their run of bad luck continued in the match for third place.

After taking a 6-3 win over Corine Crimi and Rick Murray in the first set, the Yasons dropped the next two 7-5, 7-6, losing 7-3 in the final-set tiebreak.

Fifth place was awarded to Dee and Nile Evans, who scored a 6-2, 6-1 win over Judy Jeanette and Brian Szudarek. Genia Langley and Kevin McWilliams secured seventh with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Roxanne DeAngelis and John Downey.

CHURCH SOFTBALL: After dominating the men's and women's divisions for the better part of the last two months, Inverness First Baptist teams finally hit a hurdle they could not overcome.

The women, who have won the last three league titles, fell out of first place for the first time in over a year with their loss to Floral City First Baptist on Oct. 14. Floral City leads the Women's Division by a game over the defending champs.

The Inverness men, meanwhile, dropped two straight over the weekend and surrendered the lead to Our Lady of Fatima.

HORSESHOES: Fifty-one players took part in the Oct. 14 Columbus Day Tournament, hosted by the Beverly Hills Horseshoe Club.

The following players had the best finishes in their respective classes:

A Class -- Don Minich (58.4 percent). A-1 Class -- Bill McCarthy (59.6). B Class -- Ralph Cullum (49.6). B-1 Class -- Peter Johnson (39.6). C Class -- Steve Hayes (33.6). D Class -- Jim Bormann (20.3). E Class -- David Rayburn (21.3). F Class -- Richard Early (15.2).

The club's next event, the Veterans Appreciation Day Open, is scheduled for Nov. 11.

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