Tennis tourney a success |

Tennis tourney a success

Event raised money for junior, high school programs

Jim Swiggart and the organizers of the STA Ore House Singles and Doubles Championships have 18,000 reasons to call last weekend’s tournament at the Tennis Center a success.

“This event was a huge success,” Swiggart said Tuesday. “We had 15 percent more players this year and thanks to the efforts of Mary Weiss, Gillian Kane and Patty Kreutz, the silent auction was also successful.”

The tournament is one of the biggest events of the season, drawing players from as far away as Chicago and Bermuda to play. But while tennis titles were at the top of the players’ minds during last weekend’s event, the main objective of the event was to raise money for the center’s junior programs and the Steamboat Springs High School tennis teams. While the school recognizes tennis as an official sport, it does not fund the boys or girls teams.

Thanks to the hard work of the volunteers and the generosity of the community, the event raised $18,000 for the youth, meaning there were far more winners than just the players who pocketed the 19 titles, Swiggart said.

Those title winners included Dylan Roberts, who won the Australian Open singles division, and Thomas Carson of Littleton, who won the Wimbledon Singles. Steamboat’s Shelby Reed won the U.S. Open for the girls.

Harry Brendle of Steamboat topped the men’s 3.0 division; Dick Tonneson of Steamboat topped the 3.5 division; and Taylor Reed of Craig won the men’s 4.0 division. Steamboat’s Dave Schaller won the 4.5 division.

Steamboat’s Kirsten Brehmer won the women’s 2.5; Littleton’s Debbie Lathrop won the women’s 3.5; Steamboat’s Breanne Murray won the women’s 4.0; and Steamboat’s Emilie Rogers won the women’s 4.5.

In the doubles, Bruce and Scott Brane won the men’s 3.5; Santino Antonucci and Bill Pixley won the men’s 4.0; Ramsey Bernard and Brad Nelson won the men’s 4.5; and Andy Schoeberlein and Joel Toy won the men’s 5.0 division.

Kylee Swiggart and Kirsten Brehmer won the women’s 3.0; Bonnie Baggenstoss and Libby Robbins won the women’s 3.5; Molly Weiss and Breanne Murray won the women’s 4.0; and Barb Campbell and Patty Kreutz won the 4.5 title.

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