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  • 2010 Sun All-Area Girls Tennis Team and Coach of the Year

    By Cliff Olsen
    Correspondent

    http://www.gainesville.com/article/20100609/ARTICLES/100619994?p=all&tc=pgall

    First team

    Lindsey Cable, P.K. Yonge, senior: The Sun’s three-time player of the year finished with a 14-1 mark, claimed the District 4-1A title at No. 1 singles and led the Blue Wave back to the Class 1A state tourney for the first time since 1994.

    Jazz Whittaker, P.K. Yonge, freshman: Posted a 13-4 record, claimed the District 4-1A crown at No. 2 singles; captured the Class 1A state title at No. 2 doubles with Kiah Turner, was Class 1A state runner up at No. 2 singles.

    Leandra Neal, Columbia, senior: Was 13-2 at No. 1 singles and won the District 4-3A title while leading the Tigers to the team title and to the Class 3A state tourney for the first time since 1992.

    Sierra Solaun, Buchholz, senior: Ended with a 5-4 record at No. 1 and No. 2 singles; won District 1-4A title at No. 1 singles to qualify for the Class 4A state tournament.

    Sydnie Sine, Suwannee, senior: The Hillsborough CC signee posted a 14-3 mark at No. 1 singles, won the District 2-2A title and advanced to the semifinals at the Class 2A state tourney.

    Kiah Turner, P.K. Yonge, eighth-grader: Finished 13-3 and won the District 4-1A title at No. 3 singles; captured the Class 1A state title at No. 2 doubles with Jazz Whittaker.

    Second team

    Keely Dahl, Buchholz, senior: Posted a 6-3 record to win the District 1-4A title at No. 3 singles and helped the Bobcats to the team title.

    Zhoe Solaun, Buchholz, junior: Finished with a 6-5 mark splitting time at No. 1 and No. 2 singles for the district champion Bobcats.

    Katherine Haney, Suwannee, senior: Was 12-2 at No. 2 singles for the District 2-2A champion Bulldogs; reached the Class 2A state tournament with Sine at No. 1 doubles.

    Chrissie Reichert, Columbia, sophomore: Turned in a 15-1 mark at No. 2 singles and won the District 4-3A title; helped the Tigers get back to the Class 3A state tournament.

    Zari Whittaker, P.K. Yonge, junior: Turned in a 13-2 record, won District 4-1A title at No. 4 singles and helped the Blue Wave back to the Class 1A state finals.

    Susy Romero, Columbia, junior: Won the District 4-3A crown at No. 3 singles, helped the Tigers return to the Class 3A state tourney since 1992, ended with a 16-1 record.

    Honorable mention: Grace Dennison, Bradford, senior; Karen Li, Eastside, junior; Toni Veltcheva, Eastside, freshman; Kelly Calder, Gainesville, senior; Callie Lajza, Gainesville, sophomore; Sarah Lima, Gainesville, freshman; Justine Myers, Gainesville, sophomore; Zahara Chowdhury, Oak Hall, freshman; Alexis Mast, Oak Hall, eighth-grader; Kristi Muldoon, Oak Hall, junior; Shelby Ptacek, P.K. Yonge, senior; Lindsey Garland, Suwannee, sophomore; Ashton Bracewell, Suwannee, junior.

    Coach of the Year: Robert Taylor, P.K. Yonge

    In his first season at P.K. Yonge, he guided the Blue Wave to a 10-1 record and to their third straight district championship and also steered P.K. Yonge back to the FHSAA Class 1A state tournament for the first time since 1994. At the state tournament held at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry, the Blue Wave finished fourth in the state out of the eight-team field. Highlighting P.K. Yonge’s trip to state was its No. 2 doubles team of Jazz Whittaker and Kiah Turner, who went onto capture a state championship. Jazz Whittaker also finished as state runner up at No. 2 singles. Columbia coach Tabatha McMahon, who guided the Tigers to their first district title and then to their first state tournament appearance since 1992 was a finalist for this award.

    Note: The Gainesville Sun all-area teams, player of the year and coach of the year were selected by Cliff Olsen with help from area coaches. If a team is not represented, it is because the coach did not respond to a fax sent to the school requesting information and numerous reminders in the newspaper.

  • 2010 Sun All-Area Boys Tennis Teams and Coach of the Year

    From the Gainesville Sun, By Cliff Olsen Correspondent 6/10

    http://www.gainesville.com/article/20100610/ARTICLES/100619916?p=all&tc=pgall

    First team:

    Cole Fiegel, Gainesville, freshman: Finished 15-3 for district runner-up Hurricanes; won district title at No. 1 singles to qualify for the Class 3A state finals.

    Erik Vincek, Buchholz, sophomore: Posted an 8-4 record for district champion Bobcats; claimed district crown at No. 1 singles and won a first-round match at the Class 4A state finals.

    Jordan Goldberg, Eastside, senior: Was 14-3 at first singles at No. 1 singles for District 4-3A champion Rams, who reached the Class 3A state finals for the first time since 2003.

    Zach Goldberg, Eastside, freshman: Turned in 17-1 record at No. 2 singles as Rams captured their first district title since 2003.

    Casey Austgen, Buchholz, freshman: Was 8-3 and won the District 1-4A title at No. 2 singles for the Bobcats.

    Justin Garland, Suwannee, senior: Turned in a 9-4 record at No. 1 singles for the Bulldogs; won district tournament to qualify for the Class 2A state finals.

    Second team

    Frazier Springfield, Eastside, sophomore: Won the District 4-3A title at No. 3 singles; ended with a 11-3 record.

    Tyler Werbel, Oak Hall, junior: Was 3-6 at No. 1 singles for District 4-1A champion Eagles; finished as district runner-up.

    Alex Soucek, Buchholz, senior: Turned in a 9-2 record at No. 4 singles; played with Vincek at No. 1 doubles and reached the finals of the Class 4A state tournament.

    Justin Zambelli, Gainesville, sophomore: Posted a 9-2 record at No. 4 singles for the district runner-up Hurricanes.

    Jesse Gordon, Gainesville, junior: Ended with a 12-5 record at No. 2 single for the district runner-up Hurricanes.

    Tim Louthan, Eastside, junior: Finished 13-2 and captured the District 4-3A title at No. 4 singles for the Rams.

    Honorable mention: Alex Vlasak, Buchholz, sophomore; Matt Baranyk, Buchholz, senior; Anthony Broome, Columbia, junior; Shyam Patel, Columbia, junior; Tony Louthan, Eastside, junior; Wes Bryant, Gainesville, senior; Zach Thibault, Oak Hall, junior; Alvin Wang, Oak Hall, senior; Marshall Boggus, Suwannee, senior; T.J. Vickers, Suwannee, senior.

    Coach of the Year: Mike Scott, Eastside

    He guided the Rams to a perfect 13-0 mark in dual matches, which included the first undefeated regular season in his 11 years as coach at Eastside. Scott also steered the Rams to the District 4-3A title, in which they claimed six of the seven positions to easily win the tournament. Eastside also returned to the FHSAA Class 3A state tournament for the first time since 2003, where they placed fifth out of the eight-team field.

    Note: The Gainesville Sun all-area teams, player of the year and coach of the year were selected by Cliff Olsen with help from area coaches. If a team is not represented, it is because the coach did not respond to a fax sent to the school requesting information and numerous reminders in the newspaper.

  • QuickStart Tennis Notes: Bobbie Mehan

    After a successful summer season, Bobbie Mehan organized a QuickStart Tennis league for the fall. QuickStart Tennis is a form of tennis in which smaller rackets and nets are used on smaller courts. This format makes it easier for young kids to be successful at tennis and to start playing matches at an earlier age.

    Match play for 8 yrs and Under (boys and girls) began in late September. Matches are played SUNDAYS at 4:00. For more information on QuickStart Tennis, go to http://consumers.quickstarttennis.com or www.10andundertennis.com

    Quick Start Tournaments

    The first USTA-sanctioned Quick Start tournaments in the area were held at the Jonesville Tennis Center on May 20th , June 24th, and September 19th. Each tournament had approximately 20 participants and almost an equal number of volunteers, to insure that the matches ran smoothly. Players came from as far away as Tarpon Springs, St. Augustine, and Belleview.

    Players can register at Tennislink at www.usta.com.

    Please contact Bobbie Mehan if you have any questions or would like to sign your child up for a Quick Start league or clinic @ curlym1@nullaol.com.

  • Junior Team Tennis Spring 2011 Season

    Teams will begin organizing in January for the spring season of USTA Jr. Team Tennis. Match play will begin in mid-February. Matches will be played on Friday evening, Saturday or Sunday in the Gainesville area. Teams are coed and matches in the local league are gender nonspecific. 10 & under and 8 & under teams will use the QuickStart format of play. The spring 2011 USTA Sectional tournament will be held April 16-17, 2011. The fee of $35.00 per player includes a Nike Dri-fit team shirt (girl’s cut now available) and end of season party. First and second place teams in each division will receive a trophy or other player gift. All QuickStart players will receive medals. For more information, please contact Linda Green, Jr. Team Tennis Local Coordinator, at jrteamtennis@nullcox.net


  • Junior Team Tennis Sectional Results

    The Gainesville area USTA Junior Team Tennis program has certainly gotten the attention of the rest of the junior tennis community in the state. Starting in fall 2008, a number of Gainesville teams have traveled to Sectionals at the end of the fall, spring, and summer seasons and competed very successfully at each tournament. Winners of the spring and fall Sectional Tournaments do not advance, but for the summer Sectional, winners of the 18 and Under and 14 and Under Advanced and Intermediate divisions advance to the National Junior Team Tennis Tournament.

    SUMMER 2010

    Two area teams competed at the Jr. Team Tennis Sectional event in Daytona Beach, August 6th-8th, 2010: The Powershots, in the 14 and Under Advanced division, captained by Mary Cribb, and the G-Power, in the 12 andUnder Advanced division, captained by So-Mei Louie.  The competition at the Summer Sectionals is very tough, particularly in the advanced divisions,

    G-Power

    as the winning teams in 18s and 14s advance to the National Jr. Team Tennis tournament. Congratulations to G-Power, who won the state title in their division, with a 4-0 record, and 223-115 (games won/games lost). Members of G-Power were: Hyunsoo Ryan Joo, Jared Lee, Kendal Wilby, Emily Louie-Meadors, Harry and Grey Cacciatore, and Morgan Jones. In past years, the winner and finalist of the U12 division would have advanced to the Florida-Georgia “Border Wars”, as the U12 winners do not advance to Nationals.  Unfortunately, this year that competition was discontinued.

    SPRING 2010

    Four teams from the Gainesville Jr. Team Tennis spring league advanced to the Sectional Tournament in Orlando in April, with two of the teams, the Powershots (14-and-Under Intermediate), captained by So-Mei Louie, and the G-Power ( 12-and-Under Advanced), captained by Bobbie Mehan, winning state titles. Players on the Powershots team were: Andrew Irani, Camille Kima, Courtney Cribb, Jacob Gordon, Sheridan Lee, and Taylor Harrell. G-Power players were: Choong Sek Oh, Emily Louie-Meadors, Harry and Gray Cacciatore, Jared Lee, Kendal Wilby, and Lillie Mahan.

    FALL 2009

    The USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis Fall Section Championship, held Dec. 12-13, 2009, at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. All local Florida USTA Jr. Team Tennis teams that have participated in an official USTA Jr. Team Tennis Fall season program, have a current USTA junior membership and played in at least three different local league matches were invited to the Fall Section Championship. Eight Gainesville teams attended the Sectional event, and two were awarded state championship titles: The G-2, captained by Bobbie Mehan, won the 12/14 Advanced Combo, and the SMASH, captained by Linus Whittaker, won the 18 and Under Advanced Division.

    SUMMER 2009

    The rules change for the summer Jr. Team Tennis Sectional events, with the winners and finalists of the various divisions getting the opportunity to advance to either Nationals or the Florida-Georgia games.

    The Powershots

    In the USTA Jr. Team Tennis Summer Sectional Tournament, held July 31-August 2nd, 2009 in Lakeland, FL, Gainesville’s “Powershots” defeated the Biscayne Bulldogs in the 14 and Under Intermediate final. They advanced to the Jr. Team Tennis Nationals, held in Mobile, Alabama October 22-25. The Powershots, coached by So-Mei Louie, Mary Cribb, and national wheelchair champion, Johnny Johnston, were only one of four teams from Florida invited to the Nationals. Team members include: Camille Kima, Choong Sek Oh, Courtney Cribb, Emily Louie-Meadors, Jared Lee, Justin Rensel, Kendal Wilby, Kyung Seok Oh, Sheridan Lee, and Tabong Kima. See: www.jonesvilletennis.com/Site/News_and_Events/Entries/2009/11/4_Going_Global_For_Nationals.html

    G-2

    The Gainesville 12 and Under Intermediate USTA Jr. Team Tennis team, the Gainesville Gamers (G-2), captained by Bobbie Mehan, participated in the annual “Border War”, the 12th annual Florida-Georgia USTA Jr. Team Tennis Challenge on October 3-4, 2009, at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.  The Tennis Challenge was an invitation-only event featuring the two states’ best USTA Jr. Team Tennis teams, as determined by their state sectional results. The team members include: Lille Mehan, Rio Asch, Brandon Stewart, Harry and Grey Cacciatore, Gaelin McLeod, and Walla and Aminah Moffett. The Florida team won!

    Spring 2009

    At the end of April, U18 Advanced (captained by Anne Koterba), U14 Advanced (captained by Linus Whittaker), U12 Advanced (captained by Johnny Johnston and Mary Cribb) and U12 Intermediate (captained by Bobbie Mehan) teams participated in the Jr. Team Tennis Sectional Tournament in Altamonte Springs. The U18 Advanced and the U12 Intermediate teams were finalists in their divisions, and the U14 Advanced and U12 Advanced teams won their respective divisions.

    Fall 2008

    Four teams from our area traveled to Daytona Beach in December: Two U18 Advanced teams captained by Anne Koterba and Tammy Gordon, one U12 Advanced team, captained by Johnny Johnston and Mary Cribb, and one U12 Intermediate team, captained by Bobbie Mehan. The U12 Advanced and U12 Intermediate teams both were finalists in their divisions. More importantly, the kids got a taste of the high level of competition at these Sectional events and bonded together as Gainesville teams.