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Wed, Oct. 23

Summer Breeze singles; quality time on court

The monsoon tried to break through, but once again fell short with only helping to give a slight buffering of the heat this past Sunday for the "Summer Breeze Singles Tournament" held at the Roughrider Tennis Center.

In the B/C division, local County Attorney, Sheila Polk, defeated Jake Jackson…an up and coming junior tennis player 4-2, to take top honors. Semi-finalists were Margie Farthing and Kevin Compton who by the way are to be married September 6.

Quarter-finalists were Susan Howery, Amanda Jackson (PHS JV tennis jock) and Jenny Cobb. In the B division, Henry Mack pulled off a good win against Nate Irwin 4-2 to bring home the gold there.

Nate defeated Henry's brother Andre in the semis, while Henry beat Brett Weir in the other side of the draw. Quarter-finalists were Paul Nebel who lost a 9-7 tie break to Brett, Larry Cobb who lost an 11-9 tie break to Henry, Peter Stevens and Tom Winker. Special mention….Sallyann Ofner and Jerry Mitchell.

Brian Bucholtz with a hurt toe put his pain behind him to take Orlando Martinez 4-2 in the A division finals. Phil Clayton took Brian to a 7-4 tie break in the semi's, and Marty Otting lost in the other semifinal. Quarter-finalists were Stephen Polk and Jim Veney.

The next one-day tournament is the "Beat the Heat Doubles", Friday, July 25 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. A-B and C divisions.

Family and Close Friends…Most Important

It isn't the job we hold, how much money we make, the amount of toys accumulated, or even all the accomplishments in life that truly make us happy, it's the time and type of relationship we have with our family and close loved ones.

I've been lucky enough to be able to pull the game of tennis into many of the special times I've spent with my family and close circle of friends and would like to encourage other families that this might be a great outlet for you as well.

It's not expensive and you are welcome to come to the Roughrider Tennis Center and borrow a hopper of balls and some racquets if you would like to give it a try without spending a dime.

You might take a family lesson and see how to best bring everyone out on the court in a manner that harmonizes the time spent there. The pro will show you how to practice and play together.

If you're out hitting some balls with your spouse, girlfriend, brothers or sisters you're getting some exercise, talking, being a bit competitive (maybe) and enjoying our great Arizona weather.

How can you beat that?

If you like competition, you can get in some tennis events together, or watch one another, rooting each other on.

Go to a pro tennis event and watch your favorite professionals.

If your kids like the game, take them to a junior event and see if they might like to take it to the next level.

Bottom line is, tennis can really be a family sport that you can all enjoy together. Take the time and give it a try….what do you have to lose?

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

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