Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Teen repeats for national title

For the second straight year, St. Petersburg's Danielle Collins won the USTA 18s National Spring Championship in Mobile, Ala. Collins, the sixth seed in the tournament, defeated No. 8 seed Catherine Harrison in the final 6-1, 6-1.

Not only did Collins win the national championship and the gold ball trophy that comes with it, she also won the sportsmanship award.

"So I got to come home with a trophy and a big sportsmanship plaque at the same tournament,'' she said.

Collins, 17, was not coming into nationals with much momentum. At the national open in Tampa two weeks ago, she was bounced out of the tournament early. But she rebounded nicely at nationals.

That could be because she has stepped up her training. Collins is working out at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton and with Scott Dei at Isla Del Sol. She no longer attends Northeast High School, where she won a state singles title last year. Collins takes classes online so she can concentrate on her promising tennis career.

"I played so well," Collins told "It was different because a lot of my matches in this tournament I was really thinking about it, but (Saturday) I was on a whole other planet.''

More tennis

The Sarmiento's annual Super Series Championships were held on March 12-14 at St. Petersburg Tennis Center. The boys 18 singles champ was Arsav Mohanty, the 16 winner was Alexandru Gozun and the 14 winner was Adam Ambrozy. The girls 18 winner was Agatha Ambrozy, the 16 winner was Marie Bouzkova, the 14 winner was Kyla Nuesa and the 12 winner was Ava Sowell.

• The Bardmoor Super Series was held on March 18-20 at Bardmoor Country Club. The boys 18 singles winner was Damian Gryzelko, the 16 winner was Will Showers, the 14 winner was Bailey Showers and the 10 winner was Nicholas Yale. The girls 18 winner was Katie Pollan, the 16 winner was Alexandra Kitchen, the 14 winner was Rachel Rohrabacher, the 12 winner was Ava Sowell and the 10 winner was Sanyukta Gawande.

• East Lake Woodlands held its senior championships on March 18-20. The men's 45 singles winner was Jimmy Gatza, the 55 winner was Juan Coronel, the 65 winner was Lester Mandelker and the 75 winner was George Pittas.


The nine-hole women's invitational was held at Belleair Country Club on Thursday. The winners after a scorecard playoff were Joy Porter, JoAnne Schaub, Jill Dodge and Rosarie O'Rourke. Second place went to Laurette Paterson, Pat Watt, Barbara Zaccarroa and Janet Henderson.


At the prep op and level 7 state championship in Coral Springs last week, Mina Kim of the Tampa Bay Turners was the top all-around gymnast in prep op and Sami Strickler was the top level 7 gymnast. Prep op novice winners were Casey McLaughlin (vault, bars, floor, all-around) and Jessica Beltran (vault, bars). Prep op open winners were Bonnie Barber (bars), Lauren LaPeter (vault, bars, beam, all-around) and Mina Kim (vault, bars, floor, all-around). Level 7 winners were Makayla Adams (bars), Halle Goodwin (beam, floor, all-around), Hannah Mixson (vault, beam, floor, all-around) and Sami Strickler (vault, bars, beam, floor, all-around). Boyle, LaPeter, Kim, Strickler and Goodwin will represent Florida at the regional team competitions.

• Apollo Gymnastics also competed in the prep op state championship. Prep optional winners were Alex Goldsmith (beam), Kaya Susuico (all-around, floor), Meghan Bentley (bars, beam), Jerrica Rubinett (all-around, floor) and Mariah Russo (beam). In Level 7, Sophie Woodward qualified for the regional meet in Atlanta.

• LaFleur's of Largo also competed in Coral Springs. Prep optional winners were Kendal Mierz (floor), Eleni Psaltis (vault) and Katelyn Puttick (vault, bars). Level 7 winners were Hannah Nestler (vault), Skylar Hopkins (vault, bars) and Alexa Mattessich (floor).

If you have a community sports event worthy of recognition, e-mail Rodney Page at

Teen repeats for national title 03/28/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 1, 2011 10:47am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. FSU, Gators, USF and Miami all in Athlon preseason top 25


    The college football preseason magazines are trickling in, as our Joey Knight wrote earlier.

  2. Bucs' Jameis Winston rising in fantasy football rankings


    We're still probably three months away from most fantasy football drafts, but it's not too early to appreciate that Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston has taken a major step up in the rankings entering his third NFL season.

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston is ranking much higher in fantasy football rankings entering his third NFL season.
  3. A new look at the top of women's tennis: It's wide open


    ROME — Asked Sunday if she believed, as the oddsmakers do, that she is the French Open favorite, Simona Halep dissented.

  4. Jake Odorizzi has a winning record for his career when pitching on five days of rest. He’s 12-9 in 34 starts. Pitching on a normal four days of rest, Odorizzi is 15-17 in 34 starts. On six or more days rest he is 6-6 in 18 starts.
  5. Sebastien Bourdais has surgery, likely out for rest of IndyCar season (w/ video)

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais is recovering from pelvis surgery after his car slammed into a barrier, and he is expected to miss the rest of the season.

    Sebastien Bourdais wrecks during Indy 500 qualifying, resulting in fractures in his pelvis and a fractured right hip. He says he appreciates the support and well wishes.