Local tennis: Naples defeats Marco Island in City Champions Challenge

— It wasn’t a decisive victory, but then again, sometimes all you need is one more point than your opponent and you can go home happy.

That was the case in the third annual City Champions Challenge that was held at the Arthur Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park this past Saturday. The Naples team prevailed by winning six matches – one more than the players representing the city of Marco Island.

All the participants qualified to play in this fun challenge by winning their respective NTRP divisions in the City of Naples Tennis Championships held every May in downtown Naples at Cambier. Winning their matches for Naples were Angel Gutieriez (Men’s 3.0 singles), Brady Schofield (Men’s 3.5 singles), John Jermone (Men’s 4.5 singles), Dave Spahn/Linda Hayes (Mixed 7.0 doubles), Mimo Moustafaa/Heather Reynolds (Mixed 8.0 doubles) and Nina Harkness/Joanne Vrone (Women’s 7.0 doubles).

Super Seniors battle: The Naples Tennis Club hosted a major ITF-USTA Designated II Super Senior tournament last week. More than 250 singles players and 200 doubles teams competed in eight age-group divisions. Competitors included many of the top- ranked players in the world. The finals results follow:

■ 55 singles -- Fred Robinson (1) d. Joaquim Rasgado (4), 6-0 6-1.

■ 60 singles -- Larry Turville (1) d. Owen Robinson (9), 6-1 6-1.

■ 65 singles -- Jimmy Parker (2) d. Allan Carter (5), 7-6 6-0.

■ 70 singles -- Joe Bachman (1) won by default.

■ 75 singles -- King Van Nostrand (1) d. Gordon Hammes, 6-2 6-0.

■ 80 singles -- Lorne Main (1) d. Clement Hopp (2),5-5 retired.

■ 85 singles -- Bob Meyerdierkes (1) d. Ben Moore (2), 6-2 6-2.

■ 90 singles -- Ed Heisler winner.

■ 55 doubles -- Craig Bouchard-Fred Robinson (1) d. Howard Ames-William Frost, 6-1 7-5.

■ 60 doubles -- Larry Turville-Jerry Kirk (2) d. Ted Florian-Marc Mazo (1), 6-4 6-2.

■ 65 doubles -- David Nash-Jimmy Parker (1) d. Fred Drilling/Joseph McAleer (4), 6-0 7-6.

■ 70 doubles -- Joe Bachman-L. Griffin (2) d. Thomas Brunken-Samuel Corso 6-4 7-5.

■ 75 doubles -- Neil MacDonald-Ken Sinclair (3) d Albert Griffin-Gordon Hemmes (2), 6-2 6-7 6-4.

■ 80 doubles -- Charles De Voe-John Bradshaw (2) d. Leonard Bunge-James Mackey (1), 6-4 4-6 6-2.

■ 85 doubles -- Ben Moore-Oscar Sieckman winners.

■ 90 doubles -- Thomas Avirett-John Benn winners.

These winners are Grande: The inaugural Naples Grande NTRP Open was played this past weekend. Here is a recap of top finishers in each division:

■ Ladies 3.5 singles -- winner: Ali Elkins, runner-up: Catherine Elkins.

■ Ladies 3.5 doubles -- winners: Kathleen Farmer and Victoria Van Leight; runners-up: Debra Olsen and Linda Horwitz.

■ Ladies 4.0 singles -- winner: Lisa Stevens, runner-up: Jennifer Runyon.

■ Ladies 4.0 doubles -- winners: Jennifer Runyon and Edda Theiss, runners-up: Lisa Stevens and Sabine Schwarzer.

■ Men 3.0 singles -- winner: Rodrigo Carrion, runner-up: David Suero.

■ Men 3.5 singles -- winner: Earl Claypool, runner-up: Jim Adams.

■ Men 4.0 singles -- winner: Art Nowakowski, runner-up: Phil Girrbach.

■ Men 4.0 doubles: winners: Marek Warzajtis and Mike Collins, runners-up: Jim Adams and Ryan Watson.

■ Men 4.5 singles: winner: Alvaro Rincon, runner-up: Brad Miller.

Next on the Club's agenda is the Feb. 12 Mixed Doubles Night for players 3.5 and above. With a round-robin format, the event begins at 6 and ends at 8. Players may register with their own partner or ask the club to find one for them. Only the first 10 couples will be able to participate. Members of the Naples Grande pay $5 and non-members pay $15 with food and beverage included.

For registration, write to jacob.hansen@pbitennis.com or call the tennis shop at 776-0768.

Rakich leads series: Jessica Rakich won this past weekend’s girls division of the USPTA/JusTennis Junior Tennis Series at Vineyards Park. In the semifinals, she defeated Viva Laas 8-4, and in the finals, she overcame Victoria Franklin 8-2.

Dylan Whiteside won the boys event with an 8-1 win over Colin Christensen and an 8-2 finals victory over J.P. Wichlinski.

With the first weekend of the Sereis in the books, Rakich has seven points in the standings, followed by Franklin and Whiteside with five points apiece.

The next Junior Tennis Series event is a singles tournament Feb. 20 at East Naples Community Park. The registration deadline is Thursday, Feb. 18. The eight-event series is designed to help novice players get started in tournament competition, with supervision and sportsmanship coaching from USPTA pros. Competitors win grand prix points for participation and

winning matches in main draws and consolation draws. All participants play a minimum of two supervised matches. Players interested may contact Collier County Parks and Recreation tennis pro Spike Gonzales at 248-0894.

Sneaky Pete’s play coming: The Club at Sterling Oaks will host the 11th annual Sneaky Pete's Tennis Tournament of Bonita Springs from Feb. 20-27. The tournament site is located in North Naples off U.S. 41.

The entry fee is $35 per event and players may enter a maximum of two events at $60. To sign up, call 566-1800 or go through the Internet at www.sneakypetestennis.com. There will be men's and women's singles and doubles in 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 divisions. There will also be mixed doubles in 6.0, 7.0 and 8.0 divisions.

Players must be available to play both Saturdays of the event. The first 175 entries receive a T-shirt and gift certificate to Sneaky Pete's restaurant in Bonita Springs. There will be a free player party at noon on Feb 27. Guests may attend the party for $8 each. The Sneaky Pete's entry deadline is 3 p.m. Feb. 16.

Ladies Competitive Doubles Academy: Play is held at Imperial Racquet Club held every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon. This is for players 3.5 and above, capable of hitting with pace and direction. The cost is $75 for the six-hour/two-day program. Call 593-7652 for more information and to register. This is a competitive program that is great for teams.

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A rundown of other activities and events follows:

■ Junior/high school lessons – given by Ron St. John, USPTA 1 Pro; all levels but also those interested in improving to play at the high school level; Call 289-1963.

■ Heritage Bay weekly round-robins — 3.0 Women's Doubles on Wednesdays, 3.5 Women's Doubles on Mondays and Fridays, and 3.5/4.0 Mixed Doubles on Saturdays; all round-robins times are 9 to 11 a.m.; cost $3 per person; call 304-5911 for reservations.

■ Weekly mixed doubles round-robins — at Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club on Fridays from 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Cost: $11; Call 435-4351.

■ Mixed doubles round-robin — for intermediate and above, at Naples Beach Hotel Tennis Center ; 3 to 5:30 p.m.; call 435-4351 to reserve a spot.

■ Daily tennis clinics/lessons — at Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort; all levels; call 877-8889.

■ Junior instruction at World Tennis Club — Instruction by former pro Pavel Slozil (former coach of Steffi Graf); call 263-7411.

■ Tom Avery's Tennis Outlet — Private and group lessons, cardio tennis for teams, earlybirds and all levels. For schedule, fees and more information call Tom Avery at 592-5920.

■ Quail Creek Country Club round-robins — 3.5 and 3.0 women every Thursday 9 to 11 a.m.; 3.5 and 3.0 men every Wednesday and Friday 9 to 11 a.m.; Cost: $3; Call 597-9725.

■ Vanderbilt Country Club — Individual, team instruction and Cardio Tennis; given by Director of Tennis Christina Oldock; Cardio Tennis for singles, couples, teams, young professionals, earlybirds, beginners, intermediates, and advanced; To sign up for clinic times and fees, call 348-1725.

■ 3.0 and 3.5 women’s round-robins — at Quail Creek Country Club; Every Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m.; Cost: $3 per player; Sign up in advance by calling 597-9725.

■ The Plantation Club at The Dunes — Preeg-Doherty Junior Tennis Academy : Monday through Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.; Ladies Day: Tuesdays, 9 to 11 a.m.; Men’s Day: Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m.; Ladies 3.0 Clinic: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.; Ladies 3.5 Clinic: Fridays, 9 a.m.; Call 593-9680.

■ Pelican Bay Community Park events - Most levels of round-robins for men and women available each week; Adult and junior clinics held daily; For specific days-times, call 598-3025.

■ Quail Creek Junior Tennis — Tuesdays and Thursdays: Tiny Tots from 3:30-4 at $6; Beginners from 4 to 4:45 at $9; Intermediate and Advanced from 4:30 to 5:30 at $12; Clinic and Ralleyball to be included; All directed by Doug Welsh; Call 597-9725.

■ Quail West Tennis programs — Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; Events include 3.0-3.5 ladies round-robin from 9 to 11 and 3.5-4.0 men’s round-robin from 9 to 11; 3.5-4.0 ladies doubles clinics on Wednesdays from 9 to 11; Also: Wednesday clinics for men and women from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; Also: "3 students and the Pro" on Mondays; Call 592-1139.

■ Weekly mixed doubles round-robin — Fridays at Pelican Bay Community Park ; Call 598-3025.

■ Men’s, women’s and mixed round-robins — Each day of the week at Pelican Bay Community Park ; Call 598-3025.

■ Adult clinics — for all levels at Pelican Bay Community Park ; Call 598-3025.

■ Marco Island Racquet Center — Round-robins, league play, USTA competitive teams, Stroke of the Week clinics, beginners lessons, junior programs and racquetball challenges; For the complete schedule, call 394-5454.

■ Ladies Day Round Robin, Men’s Day Round Robin, Saturday Mixed Round Robin — at Cambier Park, call 213-3060; Tuesdays at 11 a.m. women of all levels welcome to participate; Thursdays at 11 a.m. men of all levels welcome to participate; Saturday mornings are "Mixed Troubles" round-robin at 9:30.

■ Bridgewater Bay Tennis Club — Weekly activities include: Tuesdays beginner/intermediate clinic 5 p.m., Thursday mixed round robin 6 p.m.; Saturdays intermediate clinic 9:30 a.m.; Call 450-1000.

■ Saturday Mixed Doubles Round Robin — at Cambier Park Tennis Center at 10:45 a.m.; Call 213-3060.

■ Tony Kamen Youth Tennis Clinics — For beginners/intermediate/high school players; Mondays and Wednesdays 4-5:30 p.m. at Naples High School courts. $15 per session or $96 per month; Phone 272-9223; Also, Beginner to players ages 6-12 on Tuesdays 3:30-5 p.m. at Naples High courts; contact Fleischmann Park at 213-3013.

■ Pelican Bay Community Park tennis facility — 764 Vanderbilt Beach Road ; 8 lighted Har-Tru courts; for information on tennis programs or any information about the park, call 598-3025.

■ Wednesday night mixed doubles round-robins — at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club; 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Cost: $15 (includes balls, court time and light refreshments).

Those wishing to have events or activities included in the weekly Friday local tennis roundup should e-mail the information to Tom Rife at heart22@comcast.net by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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