Community competes for title |

Community competes for title

Marlyn Myers returns the ball during a Steamboat City Singles and Doubles Championships match Saturday at The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

Matt Stensland

— After finding her name on a plaque, Marlyn Myers took pride in her 2007 win.

During the first day of the Steamboat City Singles and Doubles Championships match Saturday at The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs, Myers was hoping to repeat the victory with doubles partner Robin Schuellein.

“It’s like a momma-daughter team,” said Myers, who is in her 80s.

Myers retired from her job as a Ohio school teacher and track coach 21 years ago. Along with walking a few miles each day, tennis has allowed her to stay active and play in the tournament every year, where the best, worst, oldest and youngest community members compete for division titles.

“I’m just kind of a tennis addict,” Myers said.

She plays about three times per week.

“That’s a good balance,” Myers said. “One day, you can play someone in their 20s, and then, the next day, someone your own age.”

As Myers played Saturday, it was obvious the tournament was physically taxing for many players, who had to play more than one match.

Myers catches the attention of everyone who plays at the tennis center.

“She’s a role model for everyone around here,” said Loretta Conway, who, with her husband, Bill, took over the Tennis Center in October. “She’s going strong. I’ve had people looking down the courts saying, ‘Who is she?'”

This is the first city championship tournament the Conways have organized.

“We are having a blast,” Loretta Conway said. “The community is great.”

Champions will be crowned Sunday.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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