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Racquetball pairing pays off

The Florida State Racquetball doubles championships were held Aug. 26-28 at the Sarasota Bath and Racquet Club. There were 135 participants, and plenty of local players fared well.

In the mixed open doubles bracket, Sara Noyes of St. Petersburg teamed with Mike Harmon of Sarasota to win the championship. Noyes and Harmon, who played together only one other time before the state tournament, defeated Susan Pfahler and Curtis Winter of Jacksonville. They have qualified for the regional tournament Sept. 23-25, also in Sarasota.

Other local winners in the tournament were Alfredo Hernandez and Jim Yore of Clearwater, who won the men's Elite Division. Sal Perconi of St. Petersburg paired with Marc Burns to win the men's 60-plus division. Karen Weins of Palm Harbor and Sue Criner of Clearwater won the women's A-plus division. And Karen Bouchard of Dunedin and Tom Bevelock of Sarasota won the mixed 40-plus group. George Eveland and Ken Beatty of St. Petersburg came in second in the men's 50-plus division and Janet Tyler of Palm Harbor and Mary Lyons of Jacksonville came in second in the women's open division.

Golf

The County Golf Association held an individual tournament Sept. 1 at Seminole Lake Country Club. The regular division gross winner was Pat Maxon, who shot 74. The regular division net winner was Manny Gonzalez, who shot 65. The senior gross winner was Jim Montali, who shot 67. The senior net winner was Jim Barrie, who shot 65.

• The Greater Tampa Junior Golf Association held its first tournament of the season Aug. 19 at Plantation Palms in Land O'Lakes. In the boys 9-11 nine-hole bracket, Dayton Chadwick of Seminole won by shooting 39. In the boys 16-18 group, which was 18 holes, Austin Stephens of Pinellas Park was third with 83. Alden Davis of Chiefland was first with 75. In the girls 13-15 age group, Madison Glennie was third with 88. Summer Moser of Lutz won with 80. In the boys 11-13 age group, Matthew Zloto of Tarpon Springs lost in a playoff to Robert Hall of Tampa after both shot 96.

Tennis

The East Lake Fall Jr. Rookie Tournament was held Sept. 3-4 at East Lake Woodlands Country Club. The boys 16 singles winner was Jordan Mark, the 14 winner was Erich Klopfer, the 12 winner was Ethan Kramer and the 10 winner was Harrison Povey. The girls 14 singles winner was Ansley Rathgeber, the 12 winner was Seneka Epasinghe and the 10 winner was Jaela Bandes.

Volleyball

Local college volleyball teams have started their seasons, and they are off to a good start.

St. Petersburg College has slipped into the National Junior College Athletic Association's top 20. The Titans are ranked 19th with a 5-1 record. Locals on the team include Nicole Dunn of Countryside High, Staci Cundiff of Seminole High, Marisa Moralobo of Indian Rocks Christian and Carmen Kubes of Largo High. The team is coached by Scott White, who is in his fifth season.

• Clearwater Christian College, which won its 10th national championship last season, is off to a 6-0 start after winning a Labor Day tournament in Clearwater. The team is made up of players from around the country. The only local player on the team is Sarah Wild, who is from Clearwater.

• Eckerd College won three games at the University of Tampa Classic and was 3-1 before hosting the Eckerd College Classic. Taylor Whaley of St. Petersburg is the only Pinellas County athlete on the team.

Racquetball pairing pays off 09/10/11 [Last modified: Saturday, September 10, 2011 4:31am]
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