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Finishing off another season of The Galveston Island Thursday Night Tennis League were, from left to right: (kneeling) Philip Perez and Frank Mencacci; and (standing) Dana Magnuson, Maureen Sykora, Lydia Miller, Karen Jobe, Susan Dudek, Joe Bryan, Becky Cunningham, Tony Liles, Ed Hooven, Mike Vashon, Stan Dudek, Liz Castillo, Juan Barney, Jeff Dubrow, Anne Reiser, Craig Sullivan, Gail Kilgore, Dominic Etienne and Beep Sullivan. Not pictured are MaryLou Collier, Brandon Locklin, Lawrence Weiser, Steve Cunningham, Heidi Harrison, Tammy Willner, Michael Leger, Adrienne Skiles and Jacque Creswell.

Friendswood’s Race Haas won the boys 18-and-under singles red division at the Racquet Pro Pasadena Championship Major Zone tennis tournament.

With the tournament title, Haas earned automatic super-championship status in United States Tennis Association-Texas Section play.

Haas racked up five wins in all, including an abbreviated 5-6 retired decision over San Antonio’s No. 2-seeded Christopher McCormick in the final.

Haas first beat Seguin’s Diego Gonzales 7-6 (7-1), 6-2, then rallied past San Antonio’s David Mares in the second round, 2-6, 6-3, 10-3.

Haas later put together a pair of upsets in a row, knocking off Austin’s No. 4-seeded Reed Senterfitt in the quarterfinals, 7-5, 6-1, before shocking Richmond’s No. 1-seeded Joseph Dryer in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-4.

OH SO CLOSE

Friendswood’s Richard Griffin collected a pair of second-place finishes at the Metroplex Super Senior & Senior Major Zone tennis tournament in Arlington.

Griffin reached the finals of the men’s 65-and-over singles before losing to Austin’s No. 1-seeded Carl Morris 6-4, 6-1.

Earlier, Griffin, the No. 2 seed, received a bye before defeating Frisco’s Richard Silverman in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 6-4, and Cypress’ No. 3-seeded David Camp in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-2.

Griffin was also runner-up in the men’s 60s round-robin doubles with Montgomery partner Robert Parrott.

Griffin and Parrott lost to Bedford’s Robert Barrie and Arlington’s Bill Stetzer, the eventual champions, in round two, 6-4, 6-1, but defeated Dallas’ Luke Ashley and Gary Short in round three.

WINNING HANDS

League City’s Katiana Gonzalez and Friendswood’s Alexandria Carbone-Larson won round-robin singles championships at the Missouri City Community Tennis Association November Tournament.

Gonzalez claimed the co-ed 10-and-under orange-ball division, while Carbone-Larson did likewise in the girls18s.

Also, Xavier Carbone-Larson placed second in the boys 14s singles qualified division.

Gonzalez was a perfect 3-0 in her event, along the way beating Spring’s Gabriella Wassano and Sugar Land’s Reena Dharia in the first two rounds, 4-0, 4-0, while also defeating Jersey Village’s Isabella Angrisani in round three.

As for Alexandria Carbone-Larson, her 3-0 performance included a 6-0, 6-0 rout of Humble’s Reyna Robertson in round one.

Alexandria Carbone-Larson also defeated Katy’s Kate Martin in round two and Katy’s Sanjana Surapaneni in round three.

Xavier Carbone-Larson was 2-1 overall, starting off with a 6-4, 6-3 win against Spring’s Abishek Anand in round one.

Xavier Carbone-Larson then lost a 3-6, 6-0, 1-0 heartbreaker to Laredo’s Bernardo Clemente, the eventual winner, in round two before beating Houston’s William Sanders in round three, 6-3, 4-1 retired.

SUB WAY

League City’s Anika Sub was second in the girls 10s singles green-ball division at the Southeast Texas Tennis Association Challenger 1-Day tournament in Beaumont.

Sub won three rounds before losing to Houston’s Karina Zaharieva in the championship match, 4-2, 4-2.

Sub drew a bye, then defeated Laredo’s Paola Barragon in the quarterfinals and Friendswood’s Sadie Dakay by identical 4-0, 4-0 scores.

Dakay had reached the semis by way of a bye and a 4-1, 4-1 quarterfinals win against Houston’s Guadalupe Rodriguez.

DONE DEAL

The Galveston Island Thursday Night Tennis League concluded its fall season, with Jeff Dubrow reigning as the high games winner.

Dubrow won 113 games out of a possible 144 to edge out runner-up Tony Liles (111) and third-place finisher Frank Mencacci (110).

“The competition was high on the tennis courts (Thursday) night as the players fought for every game won to see who would come out on top for the season,” league founder-coordinator Beep Sullivan said.

Finishing as the most consistent player was Gail Kilgore with 107 games won, and Steve Cunningham won the most improved player honor with 106 games won.

The winners were recognized at the league’s postseason party held at The Spot.

“The players see it as a time when we are able to sit, relax and enjoy good food and friendships made throughout the season,” Sullivan said. “It’s a heartfelt feeling to be asked at the end of the season celebration as to when will the spring season sign-up start.”

Sullivan also thanked City of Galveston Parks & Recreation director Barbara Sanderson and recreation superintendent John Armstrong for “always making sure all our needs were met for safe league play,” she said.

COMING SOON

Saturday is the last day to register for the Harry Taylor Pasadena Adult Open tennis tournament being held the weekend of Dec. 1-3.

Men’s and women’s open, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 singles and doubles are being offered, as well as open, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 mixed doubles.

Entry fees are $30 for singles and $25 per doubles team. Events will not be held if fewer than three entries.

Online registration is available at www.usta.com. There is a two-event limit.

Tournament site is the Harry Taylor Tennis Center, 1202 Parkside, Pasadena 77502.

For information, call tournament director John Mullins at 832-202-8579.

CYBER MONDAY

Texas A&M University in College Station is hosting three junior tennis camps in June and July.

Those interested can take advantage of a one-day only special on Nov. 27, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., saving $150 off the full price of $825.

Offering the Cyber Monday special is camp co-director Bobby Kleinecke, who coached the Lady Aggies for 26 years after starring at O’Connell High School as a four-year state champion in boys doubles with Doug Rodwell Jr.

The camps are set for June 17-22 and 24-29, and July 22-27.

To register visit texasaggietenniscamp.com. Use the promo code CyberMon.

TIP OF THE DAY

In singles, if you keep your shots deep during a rally, you can avoid hitting a lot of backhands.

Manuel Moreno Jr.: mmjtenicon@aol.com.

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