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Tennis players stay sharp in tourney

"Young tennis players looking for a little competition in the middle of the summer found it Saturday when they played in a new South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District tournament at South Whidbey High School.The singles-only tournament split the 21 participants into four divisions -- 16-and-under and 14-and-under for boys and girls.With just three players on the court, the 16-and-under girls played a round-robin format. Molly Fox was the division champion, winning games against both Paige Jolley and Lisa Enell. Jolley placed second and Enell was third.In the 14-and-under division, the only name to know was Newman. Three Newman sisters vied for the tournament within a pool of eight players. In the championship, 14-year-old Jenny Newman squeaked by her 9-year-old sister, Lindsay, in a 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 match. To get to that final game, Jenny had to beat Anna Gilles, while Lindsay had to play and win against another one of her sisters, Caitie Newman. Amy Vogt won the consolation championship.On the boys side, Bill Schneeman was the champion in the 16-and-under division, serving and volleying his way past Craig Peterson in a 6-0, 6-3 match. Brendan White won the consolation championship.Bryan Wilson was the final champion of the day. The 14-year-old edged past 11-year-old Jason Craig in a 6-4, 6-2 showdown. In the third-place game, Gabriel Moseley got past Noah Jolley 7-5, 6-3.Tournament organizer Carol Kramer said the tournament will be an annual affair."

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