James Beck Column: Spratt wins SCISA open singles
Porter-Gaud senior Thomas Spratt has added another title to his growing list of honors. The 2012 Lowcountry player of the year captured the SCISA Open boys singles title last week in Sumter.
Spratt, who will play tennis at the University of Pennsylvania, defeated Hilton Head Christian’s Charlie Drake in the final.
The Porter-Gaud boys doubles team of Cross Tolliver and Foster Moe also prevailed as SCISA champions. Davis Craig and Avery Holoubek of Pinewood Prep were runners-up.
Shauna Fletcher and Meagan Evans of Pinewood Prep won the girls doubles title.
Cyclones are close
Porter-Gaud can put itself in position to clinch the SCISA Region 3-AAA title by defeating a weakened Pinewood Prep on Tuesday at the Cyclones’ complex and then bringing a victory back from a rain-makeup match at Hilton Head Prep on Wednesday.
Cyclones are close
If those two things happen, the Cyclones would need a rain-makeup win at Pinewood Prep or a rain-completion win at Hilton Head Christian on April 23 or 24 to take the region title and the top seeding in the lower bracket of the state playoffs.
Defending state champion Porter-Gaud (8-0) is the only unbeaten team in the region where Hilton Head Prep has a lone loss to the Cyclones, while Christian has lost to Porter-Gaud and Hilton Head Prep once each. The state playoffs start April 29.
The only other local high school team with a likely shot at a state title is High School League member Bishop England (9-3, 3-0 Region 6-AA), with two losses to Porter-Gaud.
First-year Bishops boys coach Kristin Fleming, who has directed the girls team to two straight state titles, is only concerned at this point about the playoff round, site and what the opposing lineup will be for the Bishops’ almost certain annual confrontation with state power Waccamaw.
Charleston’s Diane Barker is having an exceptional year in international senior tennis. Her 2013 singles record stands at 14-0 after capturing the women’s 55 world singles championship in Antalya, Turkey, recently by winning five straight matches, including a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Ros Balodis of Australia in the final. Barker is currently ranked fourth in the world, while Balodis is No. 3.
I’On tennis director Matt Hane (Barker’s son) and Kiawah Island pro Brandon Blankenbaker won the men’s 30 hard court nationals recently in Austin, Texas.
Maybank Tennis Center’s new-looking complex will be formally dedicated at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
April 28 is the deadline to enter the May 3-5 Prinella Haygood Memorial Tennis Championship at Kiawah Island. Contact Jonathan Barth (768-2706 or jonathan_Barth@kiawahresort.com).
Adult mixed doubles team registrations will continue through April 25. Adult 18-and-over will play at 6 p.m. (6.0 on Mondays, 7.0 on Tuesdays, 8.0 on Wednesdays, and 2.5 and 9.0 on Thursdays). The 40-and-over league will play matches at 7:30 p.m. (8.0 on Mondays, 2.5 and 9.0 on Tuesdays, 6.0 on Wednesdays and 7.0 on Thursdays). The 55-and-over league will play matches at 9 a.m. on Saturdays for 6.0, 7.0 and 8.0.
The Bees Landing Recreation Center will serve as host to its 2013 Golden Games on May 16. Seniors are being sought to compete in doubles in tennis. Contact Robert Gorski at 402-4571.
The Charleston County School District’s annual Superintendent’s Cup Tennis Tournament for teachers is May 4 at 8:30 a.m. at Charleston Tennis Center, the St. Andrew’s Parks and Playground, and Maybank Tennis Center.
Senior stars Diane Barker, Brenda Carter and Susie Peiffer, along with S.C. Tennis Patrons Foundation chairman Ron Charron, are among the early owners of South Carolina’s new “Play Tennis” license plate. The license plates can be purchased online at www.scdmvonline.com or through the local DMV offices.
Reach James Beck at email@example.com. See his columns on at ubitennis.com/english.