League City's Brice Farine won the boys 14-and-under singles title at the Bay Area Racquet Club's ninth annual Fall Festival Adult & Junior Open tennis tournament in Clear Lake City.

Farine lived up to his No. 1 seed with four wins, including a 6-2, 6-1 finals victory over Porter's No. 2-seeded Nicholas Ellis.

Farine first drew a bye, then beat Montgomery's Sawyer Steward in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-1, and Friendswood's Chumeng Cai in the semifinals.

Cai reached the semis with two wins, following a bye with a 6-0, 6-3 quarterfinal win over Friendswood's William Hipskind.


League City's Anika Sub and Friendswood's Maadhvi Bhojani both won co-ed 10s singles championships at the BARC Fall Festival.

Sub needed four wins to claim her gold medal in the green-ball division, eventually rallying past Friendswood's Danna Cai in the final, 0-4, 4-2, 7-4.

After a bye, Sub beat Friendswood's Gabriella De La Cruz in the quarterfinals, 4-1, 4-0, and later shut out Friendswood's Marissa Alkarra in the semifinals, 4-0, 4-0.

Cai worked her way to the final with three wins, first receiving a bye before defeating Daniella De La Cruz in the quarterfinals, 4-0, 4-0, and Houston's Gary Sun in the semifinals, 4-3, 3-4, 7-1.

Alkarra advanced to the semifinals with a bye and a 0-4, 4-1, 7-5 comeback against League City's Valerie Rodriguez.

At the same time, Bhojani was winning the orange-ball division with a 4-1, 4-1 finals victory over League City's Samantha Striesfeld.

Earlier, Bhojani drew a bye before easing past Wharton's Kenzi Gibson in the semifinals, 4-0, 4-0.

Striesfeld had two wins en route to the championship match, first beating Pearland's Yangyang Ding in the quarterfinals, 4-1, 4-2, and later Houston's Ayan Prashar in the semifinals, 3-4, 4-3, 7-3.


Friendswood's Gabriel and Patrick Massie teamed up to win the parent-child B doubles championship at the BARC Fall Festival.

The Massie's defeated Houston's Daniel and Nikolai Vassiliev in the semifinals, 8-2, before upsetting Pearland's No. 1-seeded Tanner and Tu Tran in the final, 8-3.


League City's Matthew Benson and Dickinson's Joshua Farris both won runner-up boys singles honors at the BARC Fall Festival.

Benson was second in the 12s B round-robin division, beating Houston's Ford Youngdahl in round three, 6-2, 6-3.

Farris finished likewise in the 18s round-robin event, knocking off Baytown's Kameron Maldonado in round two, 6-3, 6-4.


Several locals reached the finals of their respective singles events at the BARC Fall Festival but never got a chance to play their finals.

The list included League City's Arthur Esenaliev, the No. 3 seed in the boys 12s; Friendswood's Olivia Massie, the No. 2 seed in the girls 16s; and Clear Creek High School's Alejandra Lopez, the No. 2 seed in the girls 18s.


The Special Olympics Adaptive Tennis Program for Galveston Independent School District and surrounding Gulf Coast areas begins Wednesday at the Menard Park Scoggins-Stiglich Courts in Galveston, from 6-7:30 p.m.

Coordinator Beep Sullivan is asking parents of the participating athletes who plan to attend to report to her by Monday.

For further information, contact Sullivan at 817-727-5266.


Monday is the last day to register for the Racquet Pro Pasadena Championship Major Zone tennis tournament set for the weekend of Nov. 11-12.

Online registration is available. The tournament identification number is 800026317.

Entry fee is $39.20.

For information, call tournament director John Mullins at 832-202-8579 or email him at patnjohn65@aol.com.

Also, Wednesday is the entry deadline for the Missouri City Community Tennis Association November Tournament on Nov. 10-12.

Various junior, adult, senior and super senior singles, doubles and mixed doubles events are being offered.

Online registration is available. The tournament identification number is 809675317.

This is an intermediate-level tournament.

Entry fees are $38.13 for singles and $46 per doubles team. There is an event limit of one singles and one doubles, or two doubles.

For information, call tournament director Gloria Dial at 713-931-5141 or email her at mccta123@yahoo.com.


Wednesday is also the last day for local tennis coaches to sign up for the Texas Tennis Coaches Association's annual convention and clinic on Dec. 1-3 at Horseshoe Bay Resort near Marble Falls.

A late fee will be charged beginning Nov. 2. Keep in mind rooms at the resort are limited and given on a first-come first-serve basis.

To register, visit the TTCA website at www.texastenniscoaches.com.


The Galveston Island Thursday Night Tennis League participants wore pink during week No. 5's play in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Leaving the courts winners were Becky Cunningham with a perfect score of 18; Dominic Etienne and Liz Castillo, 17; Heidi Harrison, 14; Gail Kilgore, 15; and MaryLou Collier, 10.

“Listening to players share stories of loved ones and friends that have been impacted by breast cancer directly or indirectly was heart-wrenching,” league founder-coordinator Beep Sullivan said.

“The need for promoting greater awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection and diagnosis has never been greater. As a community every activity for awareness can save a life.”

Sullivan said this week's court assignments are as follows: No. 1 – Etienne, Jeff Dubrow, Lawrence Weiser and Castillo; No. 2 – Steve Cunningham, Juan Barney, Frank Mencacci and Harrison; No. 3 – Tammy Willner, Ann Reiser, Brandon Locklin and Collier.

Also, No. 4 – Jacque Creswell, Adrienne Skiles, Michael Leger and Becky Cunningham; No. 5 Mike Vashon, Ed Hooven, Sullivan and Kilgore; and No. 6 – Tony Lilies, Susan Dudek, Dana Magnuson and Maureen Sykora.


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