On a hot, humid and windy Sunday August 5th the team of Bill Wisser and Chris Wilcox defeated Jared Stratz and Andrew DeBruyn 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the final of the Harper Creek Optimist Open Tennis Classic Mens A Doubles division. The tournament was held over the weekend at the Harper Creek High School Tennis Complex. This is the only local open tennis tournament so the winners have the bragging rights for a year of being the best local Mens Doubles team in the area. Wisser and Wilcox defeated Carlos Labadia and Stuart Noble 6-3, 6-0 in a semi-final held Saturday. Stratz and DeBruyn defeated John Macfarlane and John Johnson 6-0, 6-4 in the other semi-final. The team of Eli Wisser and John McBain won the consolation bracket of the Mens Doubles.
The Mens B Doubles final was played Wednesday August 8th; Harper Creek High School tennis coaches Don Hudson and Jim Cummins were pitted against two of their varsity players, Max Wilcox and Kent Busniewski. The high school players came out on top 6-3, 6-3 to claim the championship. Hudson and Cummins gained entry into the final by defeating the team of brothers: Tom and Scott Clark 6-1, 6-2. Wilcox and Busniewski defeated the team of Craig Miller and Mitchell Kyger 6-3, 6-1 in the other semi-final. In the consolation final of Mens B Doubles Juan Luna and Soroosh Sabouni came out on top winning 1-6, 6-4, (10) against Justin Walker and Brendan Peck. During the hottest hour of the tournament on Saturday afternoon, the much younger team of Walker and Peck defeated the senior team of Gary Hall and Jack Thom 6-2, 6-7 (2), (14) in an over two hour match to reach the consolation final.
In a round-robin format the team of Debbie Magers and Yoko Butler won a head-to-head match against Karen Noble and Nikki Straley 6-0, 6-4 to claim first place in the Womens Doubles division.
The Mixed Doubles tournament had 10 teams divided equally into a Red and Blue division with each team playing an 8-game pro set against the other teams in their division. The winner of the round-robin format in each division then played for the Championship. The Champions of the Mixed Doubles tournament was the father daughter team of Mike and Amy Ingle. Amy is from New Buffalo, MI and was visiting for the weekend. She is a math teacher and started the tennis program at the small New Buffalo High School. They defeated the team of Deon Stein and Anisha Booker from the Blue division 6-1, 6-3. The runner-up in the Red Division was the mother son team of Harper Creek residents Vikki Bauer and Mason Bauer going (3-1) in round robin format. Finishing second in the Blue Division was the husband wife team of Kim and Cindy Anderson, also with a winning record of (3-1).
The youth division of the tournament had very limited entries. Ten-year-old Jay Hamric defeated Quinten Valenzuela (also 10 years old) to claim the trophy. A few of the youth who originally signed-up up for singles partnered up and participated in the Mens B Doubles division.
The Harper Creek Optimist Club is a non-profit service club whose motto is “Friend of Youth”. The club would like to thank the sponsors of the event: Behnke Transportation, C. A. Miller, O.D., CTI Mechanical, Duncan’s Hair Lines, Groundwater Associates, Lakeview Ford, Magna-Dry, Minges Creek Athletic Club, Myers Chiropractic, Ray Yager Fitness, Wilcox Dentistry and RidgeWear Sports and Imprinting. Any extra funds generated from the event will be channeled back into the community to support the local youth.
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