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Burgers strong at weekend tennis tourney


— The brother-sister combo of Tatum and Teague Burger got the most out of the Steamboat Sweetheart Junior Championships, a United States Tennis Association event in Steamboat Springs that ran Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Tatum and Teague joined forces to win the 16-and-under mixed doubles bracket. Teague then won the boys 14-and-under singles division, defeating Akhol Gupta of Severance, 6-3, 6-0 in the final. Tatum won the girls 16-and-under singles division, losing just two games in three matches en route to the championship.

Steamboat’s Charlie Smith also put together a strong weekend, advancing to the semifinals in the boys 16-and-under division before losing 6-4, 7-5 to the top seed, Devin Harper of Westminster.

Fort Collins player Sarah Hamner shined as well, winning both the girls 12-and-under and the 14-and-under titles.

“We started this event to give the players in our Junior Academy a sanctioned home tournament to play, not really anticipating how popular it would become,” tournament director Bill Conway said in a press release. “Last year, we ran the event over two days. This year, we had to add a whole day more just to accommodate the registrations. Sixteen players from the academy joined the 70-player field, and all have learned and played well. I’m proud of them.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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