Festival once more a big hit

May 25, 2013

Another Hood County News Tennis Festival has come and gone.

As always, it was well-attended, everyone seemed to have a great time, and competition was plentiful.

And it was a great time for families to spend a great weekend together.

“The whole reason I created this was for family,” said Gonzalo Nunez, the Pecan Plantation tennis professional who came up with the idea for this event five years ago.

“I grew up in a neighborhood something like this. We had Dutch, Yugoslavs, lots of different people. We all played tennis in the evenings after dinner.”

Deborah Chiappe and her husband Rich have three children, sons Chandler and Trace are on the Granbury High team, and daughter Cadence will be next season.

Playing in the Festival is an annual occurrence for the Chiappes, and not just on the court. Rich and the kids also have their own rock band that annually entertains at the event.

“It’s great for families, the perfect time to come out and hang out with friends,” said Deborah Chiappe.

Donna Barber’s son Austin and Daughter Sarah both play in the tournament as the family makes the annual trek from Glen Rose.

“I really appreciate them doing this. It’s not too expensive, so everyone can play,” she said.

“You feel safe here, also. It’s a very laid-back atmosphere.”

Delana Angeledes brings her two boys, Arie and Alex, to the Festival every year from Godley.In addition, her husband, father (who lives in Pecan Plantation) and grandfather were also participating in the Festival this past weekend.

“We love it here. We look forward to it each year,” she said. “It’s the only event in which we can all play at the same time.”


Like many high school teams, the Granbury tennis team considers its members family. And like a lot of families, they also enjoy participating in the Festival.

And it helps them get in a little more competition against one of their toughest foes – themselves.

“In our district, we are our own best competition,” said Kasi Krieger, who signed a letter-of-intent with University of the Southwest in Hobbs, N.M. this past weekend at the Festival.

“It’s almost like a challenge match at the end of the year..”

Alyssa Tigner called it “A real intense week, but lots of fun.

“It’s bragging rights. Tennis players like to win, especially against teammates,” she added with a grin.

“We play in the most intense challenge matches in Texas,” Granbury coach Jeff Bramlett said. “We don’t reward people for their past laurels, those don’t win matches.

“This is just a little more of that same thing.”

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