The youngest team was Toby and Robin Fox at 100 years even, while the oldest was Peter Stevens and Fritz Klaus at 140 years plus, to round out the 12 teams that made up the Century Doubles Tennis Tournament held at the Roughrider Tennis Center this past Sunday.
Dave Rainey and Russ Wagner pulled past Brian Bucholtz and Jim Love to take the A division finals 6-2. The points were long and furious and it was a labor of love, because we all know the "most unusual prizes" probably were not enough to motivate the performance.
George Reynolds and Donavon Hufnagle had the energy to bring home the bacon over Jerry and Young Mellinger in the B finals 6-1. It looked as if Jerry was feeling it by his eighth set of the day. He kept saying near the end of the day, "I think we should have lost that one honey." Semi-finalists were Sallyann Ofner/Don Smith and Flo Reynolds/Barbara Walker.
The C division had some of the closest matches of the day, with Sheila Polk and Esther Brown winning the finals 7-5 in a really tough match against Peter Stevens and Judy Puntenney. Sheila and Esther also won a tie-break in the semi's against Robin and Toby Fox 8-6 ... after being down 6-1 and coming back. The other semi-finalist team was Steve Irwin and Mark Henry.
Honorable mention goes to Toni Sudova/Kathy McLargin as well as Ann Davis and Betty Greer.
Frank Stobbe-New Pro at Prescott Lakes
Frank Stobbe has been named the Tennis Director at the newly opened Prescott Lakes Community Recreational Center.
Frank, Originally from Milwaukee, Wisc., has served as a tennis professional for Peter Burwash International, which is a world-wide organization of teaching pros, providing management of tennis programs at top tennis resorts, clubs and hotel throughout the world.
More recently he coached the Bradshaw Mountain tennis teams and has assisted in tennis programs and clinics at the Prescott Racquet Club.
Frank brings his unique style of teaching which he says is a blend of methods used by Burwash, Braden and Van Der Meer to this site with much enthusiasm.
He turned 70 this month and has had total knee replacements on both legs, and feels like a new man.
If you live in the Prescott Lakes subdivision please give him a call and make a date to hit some tennis balls. Frank is currently introducing all the tennis players in that community to one another.
Prescott Valley ... isn't it time for a public tennis facility?
The population is closing in on 30,000 people and the town of Prescott Valley doesn't own one public tennis court for them to use. Yes, there's the four courts at Bradshaw Mountain High School that are in need of resurfacing, but I'm surprised that as progressive as PV seems to be that there is no talk of complimenting their Parks and Recreation department with such facilities.
I'm all for a public swimming pool and skate park that they do have and Prescott doesn't (yet). But as a tennis professional and knowing how many of their residents come all the way into Prescott to play tennis, it's more than time for them to form a committee of Prescott Valley tennis players and formulate a time-frame and money allocated for what is a normal amenity in a community of their size.
A six- or eight-court complex would be a real boom for Prescott Valley, and put them on the map for tennis events for years to come with programs, tournaments and another viable recreational outlet for what a portion of their collected recreational fees should cover at or near this time in their portfolio.
Who will spear-head this thought into action ... the local tennis players would be a good start, "Go make your plea to the town council and get a response, it's time."
•The YMCA Tennis camp, July 28-Aug. 1, had 24 participants and 10 volunteer adult instructors under the direction of Ken Jackson. The last recreation end-of-summer tennis tournament on Aug. 5 had 26 kids involved.
The winners of the doubles format were: 14 and under: Brenan Tymrak and Herman Funes, first place; Jeremy Moore and Chris Sadova, second; 12 and under: Ben Francis and Wilson Van Ness, first place; Amanda Miller and Lacey Clark, second.
Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with over 30 years in the racquet and fitness industry. He can be reached at 445-1331 or firstname.lastname@example.org