Fourth Annual Hood County News Tennis Festival

May 23, 2012

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SUCCESSFUL STRETCH: Granbury High tennis player Megan Wright stretches to return a volley during competition in the Hood County News Tennis Festival Sunday at Pecan Plantation. Wright lost this Girls 18-Under Singles final to GHS teammate Elizabeth Morton, but then paired with Morton to win in Girls 18-Under Doubles. The Fourth Annual HCN Tennis Festival raised around $6,000, with part of the proceeds going for scholarships for graduating Granbury High tennis players.


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I GOT THIS ONE: Mike Williamson returns a shot during the HCN Tennis Festival. Williamson and teammate Marsha Rotemel lost in the semifinals of Mixed 7.0 Doubles, but each won their other doubles competitions.

Living up to its name, the Fourth Annual Hood County News Tennis Festival was another smashing success over the past weekend.

The event raised around $6,000, according to tournament director and creator Gonzalo Nunez. Among the proceeds is a scholarship fund for graduating seniors on the Granbury High tennis team.

“It’s just fun, good fun,” said Nunez. “There’s always some really good tennis, but there’s more just getting together with friends and enjoying the weekend.”

A GOOD START

The event began with the annual Meet-And-Greet Thursday at Pecan Plantation. Among the highlights of that evening was the second annual exhibition match between Nunez and Granbury High tennis coach Jeff Bramlett, also coordinator of the tournament’s Junior Division.

This year featured a mixed doubles match, with Bramlett teaming up with his daughter Kate and Nunez pairing with Slovanian tennis standout Janine Koleta, visiting his family for a few weeks.

Last year in a doubles match, Nunez and his partner overcame an early deficit after a lengthy delay due to the lights going out. This year, there was no delay, but Nunez and Koleta still rallied, nonetheless, for an 8-6 victory, winning four of the final five games.

“Nobody turn off the lights,” Nunez joked during one of the match’s breaks.

Coach Bramlett and Nunez admitted their strategy was to serve the ball when it was their turn, stay back and let the girls do all the work. Still, coach Bramlett had arguably the shot of the match.

He rushed to the ball, fell to his knees and barely made contact, but just enough to get the ball over the net for a point.

“I didn’t know I could still do that,” he said, pointing to his scratched knee and adding with a laugh, “Now I can’t anymore.”

Bramlett then began contemplating thoughts for a way to defeat Nunez at next year’s festival.

“I’m thinking maybe we play American football, or baseball,” he said.

To which Nunez responded, “Next year, we’ll just let the kids play.”

YOUTH TOOK CENTER COURT

Nunez started the HCN Tennis Festival to benefit the youth and through them grow the sport in Hood County. Therefore, he was extremely pleased with what he saw this weekend.

Several youngsters not only played well, but did so against older players — in some cases much older.

The youngest winner was 8-year-old Alana Rhodes, who took the title in Girls 12-Under Singles.

“I try to figure out their weakness and use it against them,” said Rhodes about playing older players. “I just love to play, no matter who it’s against.”

Beau Pritchard, 13, won in two older divisions. He captured the title in Boys 15-Under Singles and teamed with 10-year-old Lucas Nunez to take first place in Boys 15-Under Doubles.

Pritchard defeated four high school players en route to the singles championship. He and Nunez defeated two high school duos to claim the doubles crown.

“I don’t have anything to lose. I just play better against older kids,” said Pritchard.

The Pritchard family did very well in the tournament. Along with Beau’s triumphs, Paige teamed with Cherokee Jackson to win Girls 15-Under Doubles, reached the finals in Girls 15-Under Singles, and Caleb Pritchard reached the finals in Boys 12-Under Singles.

“The young ones did more than hold their own in this tournament,” said Gonzalo Nunez. “This is the fruit of all the work we are doing.

“When we see something like this, it motivates us to keep this festival going and to make it even bigger.

“We’re going to have a state champion from Granbury before we’re done.”

The oldest player in the tournament? It was 72-year-old Suzanne Walshe-Cooley, who filled in for a friend who had to drop out.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND MORE

Not only does the HCN Tennis Festival provide scholarships for GHS players, it also allows the Pirate Tennis Booster Club a chance to showcase itself during the weekend.

Bob Mueller, president of the Pirate Tennis Booster Club, said many people stopped by the club’s booth. Several even signed up to join the club.

And, in his words, there can never be too many people to help promote tennis at GHS or anywhere.

“The (GISD) does a good job of supporting the team financially, but there are a lot of areas their budget doesn’t cover,” he said.

Mueller said from coolers on the court, complete with cups, for water during practices and matches to even helping with the occasional racquet, the booster club is always there to help.

“We probably spend at least $5,000 a year supplementing things for the team,” he said.

“It’s good we have something like this (the festival) to put ourselves out in front of people. And our players are out here also, so people can see what kind of talent we are supporting.”

BATTLE OF THE SEXES

Something new was added to the festival this year, a Battle of the Sexes.

The match wrapped up the tournament. It featured Granbury High boys players Peter Mueller and Joel Rodgers against GHS girls player GHS girls standout Kate Bramlett and WTA junior player Janine Koleta.

The guys won, 6-3, 6-4, prompting Jeff Bramlett, who coached the girls, to still ponder how he might defeat Gonzalo Nunez, who coached the boys.

“I will figure out a way, I will,” said coach Bramlett, laughing, and adding, “But that’s the best I’ve ever seen Peter and Joel play. That bodes well for our (GHS) team next season.

“Next year this is the exhibition match. Gonzo and I can just sit and watch.”

Added one spectator, “That’s the best tennis I saw all weekend.”

Nunez said, like the Thursday night opening-round exhibition, he expects the Battle of the Sexes to also be an annual event.

“This festival keeps evolving, and this is just another part of that,” he said. “We’re always looking for new ways to expand.”

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ADULTS

MEN’S 6.0 DOUBLES

Finals

Gus Quiroga/Serge Cormier defeated Larry Rupp/Wayne Pidgeon, 6-2, 6-2.

MEN’S 7.0 DOUBLES

First Round

Gus Quiroga/Serge Cormier defeated Larry Rupp/Wayne Pidgeon, 6-1, 6-2.

K.C. Scott/Roger Enlow defeated Glenn Baxter/Keith Hausenfluke, 6-3, 6-0.

Vic Schoepf/Mike Williamson bye.

Bill Lanus/Dave Davis bye.

Semifinals

Schoepf/Williamson defeated Quiroga/Cormier, 6-2, 6-1.

Scott/Enlow defeated Lanus/Davis, 6-0, 6-4.

Finals

Schoepf/Williamson defeated Scott/Enlow, 6-2, 6-2.

WOMEN’S 7.0 DOUBLES

Semifinals

Rhonda Naylor/Gala Pryor defeated Tal Hogue/Jill Jordan, 6-1, 6-4.

Karen Golba/Susan May defeated Carrie Rhodes/Maryanne Babbe, 6-1, 6-3.

Finals

Naylor/Pryor defeated Golba/May, 6-3, 6-2.

MIXED 8.0 DOUBLES

Semifinals

Karen Golba/Mark Golba bye.

Brandy Curry/Colby Freehaul defeated Mark Finkelstein/Carrie Rhodes, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.

Finals

Golba/Golba defeated Curry/Freehauf, 6-4, 7-5.

WOMEN’S 6.0 DOUBLES

Semifinals

Marsha Rothemel/Jeannie Rupp bye.

Salah Morgan/Deborah Chiappe defeated Susan Gillespie/Mary Saltarelli, 4-6, 6-3, 10-7.

Finals

Rothemel/Rupp defeated Morgan/Chiappe, 6-3, 6-2.

MIXED 7.0 DOUBLES

First Round

Bruce Lockwood/Salah Morgan defeated Dave Davis/Laura Davis, 4-6, 6-1, 10-8.

K.C. Scott/Denise Scott bye.

Mike Williamson/Marsha Rothemel bye.

Hal Spottswood/Karen Spottswood bye.

Semifinals

Scott/Scott defeated Lockwood/Morgan, 6-4, 6-0.

Spottswood/Spottswood defeated Williamson/Rothemel, 6-2, 6-1.

Finals

Spottswood/Spottswood defeated Scott/Scott, 6-2, 6-3.

JUNIORS

GIRLS 18-UNDER SINGLES

First Round

Megan Wright bye.

Alyssa Tigner defeated Jessica Browning, 8-6.

Cherokee Jackson defeated Samantha Baker, 8-2.

Sophie Mullen bye.

Kasi Krieger bye.

Fiona Murphy defeated Lindsey Williams, 8-1.

Katey Singer defeated Brianna Dix, 8-5.

Elizabeth Morton bye.

Second Round

Wright defeated Tigner, 8-0.

Mullen defeated Jackson, 8-3.

Krieger defeated Murphy, 8-2.

Morton defeated Singer, 8-1.

Semifinals

Wright defeated Mullen, 6-2, 5-7, 10-6.

Morton defeated Krieger, 6-2, 6-4.

Finals

Morton defeated Wright, 6-2, 6-1.

GIRLS 15-UNDER SINGLES

Semifinals

Paige Pritchard defeated Jordan Watson, 8-3.

Alex Jenny defeated Keelyn Taylor, 8-2.

Finals

Jenny defeated Pritchard, 8-6.

GIRLS 12-UNDER SINGLES

Semifinals

Alana Rhodes defeated Katherine Hines, 8-1.

Emily Hines defeated Carley Walters, 8-0.

Finals

Rhodes defeated E. Hines, 8-2.

GIRLS 18-UNDER DOUBLES

First Round

Kasi Krieger/Elizabeth Morton defeated Jessica Browning/Brianna Dix, 8-0.

Katey Singer/Jessica Singer defeated Callie Mantooth/Breanna Hunt, 8-4.

Fiona Murphy/Sophie Mullen defeated Samantha Baker/Lindsay Williams, 8-0.

Alyssa Tigner/Meagan Wright bye.

Semifinals

Krieger/Morton defeated Tigner/Wright, 6-1, 6-3.

Singer/Singer defeated Murphy/Mullen, 6-2, 7-5.

Finals

Krieger/Morton defeated Murphy/Mullen, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

GIRLS 15-UNDER DOUBLES

Semifinals

Keelyn Taylor/Alex Jenny defeated Kaitlin Meinershagen/Kaitlyn Crow, 8-2.

Cherokee Jackson/Paige Pritchard bye.

Finals

Jackson/Pritchard defeated Taylor/Jenny, 8-4.

BOYS 18-UNDER DOUBLES

First Round

Chris Kelley/Jacob Pharis defeated Eric Delaney/Matt Delaney, 9-7.

Peter Mueller/Joel Rodgers bye.

Noah Smith/Chandler Chiappe bye.

Mark Babbe/Eddie Babbe bye.

Arie Angeledes/Alex Angeledes bye.

Grey Dulcie/Blake Kramer bye.

Kolby West/D.J. Santiago bye.

Jonathan Wolfe/Parker Miller bye.

Second Round

Mueller/Rodgers defeated Kelley/Pharis, 8-4.

Smith/Chiappe defeated Babbe/Babbe, 8-4.

Angeledes/Angeledes defeated Dulcie/Kramer., 8-5

Wolfe/Miller defeated West/Santiago, 8-2.

Semifinals

Mueller/Rodgers defeated Smith/Chiappe., 8-5

Wolfe/Miller defeated Angeledes/Angeledes, 8-4.

Finals

Mueller/Rodgers defeated Wolfe/Miller, 6-3, 6-0.

BOYS 15-UNDER DOUBLES

Semifinals

Matt Golba/Thomas Tigner defeated Nick Sandelin/Sheridan Baze, 8-3.

Lucas Nunez/Beau Pritchard defeated Josh Smith/Trace Chiappe, 8-6.

Finals

Nunez/Pritchard defeated Golba/Tigner, 6-4, 6-4.

BOYS 18-UNDER SINGLES

First Round

Jonathan Wolfe defeated Eddie Babbe, 8-2.

Parker Miller bye.

Chandler Chiappe bye.

Joel Rodgers bye.

Grey Dulcie bye.

D.J. Santiago defeated Matt Delaney, 8-0.

Arie Angeledes defeated Blake Kramer, 8-5.

Peter Mueller bye.

Second Round

Miller defeated Wolfe, 6-3, 6-0.

Rodgers defeated Chiappe, 8-2.

Dulcie defeated Santiago, 8-3.

Mueller defeated Angeledes, 8-0.

Semifinals

Miller defeated Rodgers, 6-3, 3-6, 10-3.

Mueller defeated Dulcie, 6-4, 6-3.

Finals

Miller defeated Mueller, 6-4, 6-1.

BOYS 15-UNDER SINGLES

First Round

Kolby West bye.

Beau Pritchard defeated Josh Smith, 8-3.

Alex Angeledes defeated Sheridan Baze, 8-3.

Thomas Tigner defeated Nick Sandelin, 8-1.

Lucas Nunez bye.

Noah Smith defeated Eric Delaney, 8-0.

Trace Chiappe defeated Brennan Ross, 8-0.

Matt Golba bye.

Second Round

Pritchard defeated West, 8-2.

Tigner defeated Angeledes, 9-7.

Smith defeated Nunez, 8-2.

Golba defeated Chiappe, 8-2.

Semifinals

Pritchard defeated Tigner, 8-5.

Golba defeated Smith, 8-2.

Finals

Pritchard defeated Golba, 8-4.

BOYS 12-UNDER SINGLES

Semifinals

Caleb Pritchard defeated Anthony Barnett, 8-6.

Payton Freeman defeated Jack Miller, 8-5.

Finals

Freeman defeated Pritchard, 8-2.

 

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