To celebrate the anniversary of his Eagle Scout renovations to Menard Park’s Scoggins-Stiglich Tennis Courts, Galveston’s Mitchell Moreno is playing host to a mixed doubles tournament on Dec. 9.

The entry fee will be a new toy per player, with the toys being donated to those children and their families affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Moreno, a member of Boys Scout Troop No. 124, along with fellow troop members and other individuals from throughout the community, made various cosmetic improvements to the city’s six-court facility for his Eagle Scout project, including replacing the bleachers and adding on-court benches.

“It’s been a year since the project,” Moreno said. “It’s amazing how many people have appreciated all the additions to the tennis courts, and I think it’d be a lot of fun to have a little competition for a good cause.

“I know everyone will enjoy themselves during the tournament.”

Those interested in playing will report to the Scoggins-Stiglich Courts at 8 a.m. Dec. 9 to sign up, with play beginning at approximately 8:30.

The double-elimination tournament is being held in cooperation with the city of Galveston Parks & Recreation Department.

For information, call 713-417-8062.

Calling all coaches

The Texas Tennis Coaches Association is holding its annual convention and clinic this Friday through Sunday at Horseshoe Bay Resort in Marble Falls.

More than 500 coaches from throughout the state and country are attending this year’s event, featuring guest speaker Pat McEnroe.

County high school coaches attending will be Clear Creek’s Derick Geise and Patrick Russell, Clear Springs’ Gregg Parker and Joyce Thomas and Friendswood’s Brittany Campbell and David Cook.

Along with the Hall of Fame awards banquet on Friday night, former O’Connell High School four-time state doubles champion and Buccaneer Hall of Fame charter member Bobby Kleinecke will be sworn in as the TTCA’s new executive director.

Kleinecke is currently the head coach at James Earl Rudder High School in Bryan.

Golf anyone?

Coaches attending the TTCA convention-clinic also can participate in a golf tournament on Friday morning, starting at 8 a.m.

But Monday is the last day to sign up.

To register, visit the TTCA website at

Ole Ale!

Clear Creek High School’s Alejandra Lopez won the girls’ 18-and-under singles open division championship at the Tennis Professional International Brightwater Open tennis tournament held at Lee LeClear Tennis Center in Houston.

Lopez defeated Houston’s Alexa Diego in the final, 6-1, 6-0.

Cyber Monday

Do not forget the one-day special discount being offered on Monday by the 2018 Texas A&M Tennis Camp.

From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., interested juniors can take advantage of $150 in savings. The full price for the camps, scheduled for June 17-22 and 24-29 and July 22-27, is $825.

To register, visit Use the promo code: CyberMon.

Hook ‘em to Austin

If the Aggie dates do not work for you, then maybe the University of Texas Longhorn Tennis Camp’s in June will.

The Longhorns are offering four sessions throughout the month, including three traditional camps the weeks of June 3-8, 10-15 and 17-22. There also will be a match play camp the week of June 24-29.

All four camps, featuring a six-to-one camper to staff ratio and six hours of daily instruction, will be held at UT’s newly built state-of-the-art $20 million tennis center.

Registration begins Dec. 4.

For information, visit the camp website at or call 512-232-5119.


Hats off to all the local high school tennis players, coaches and families for undergoing and overcoming a stressful team tennis season due to Tropical Storm Harvey.

Friendswood head coach David Cook, who for one had a number of his team members displaced indefinitely yet still found time to help others with the clean-up process, said it best:

“Our players rose to the challenge of the storm. They were simply amazing.

“Once we got started with figuring out who was going to play where, Harvey took us out, canceling school for a week and a half. I am incredibly proud of our kids and the way they managed to work their way through this fall season.”

No doubt those words hold true for so many others, as well.

Tip of the day

When in your ready position, have the racquet pointing slightly to the backhand side. Also, your arms should be bent and relaxed.

Manuel Moreno Jr.:

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