Top tennis titles taken at Senior Sectionals

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After competing in two separate divisions -- only one of which was planned -- Jim Swiggart, director of the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs, picked up two titles in the recent Intermountain Tennis Association's Senior Sectional Championships.

Swiggart won sectional championships with partner Martin Coe of Denver in the Men's 40 Doubles and partner Mark Bishop of Colorado Springs in the Men's 50 Doubles.

Swiggart and Moe originally planned on playing together, but Swiggart did not anticipate having to jump into another division until Bishop's partner had to withdraw from the tournament due to injury. Swiggart was an easy pick for Bishop because Swiggart had won the Men's 50 Doubles before.

In fact, Swiggart and Bishop's opponents in the final match -- Theo Mandel and Todd Grange -- have been Swiggart's partners in past tournaments.

Tuesday morning, Swiggart said he was sore from the extra matches.

"There was some excellent tennis this weekend," Swiggart said. "Some of the best ever. Our finals round started Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Of the 11 matches, six split sets, which is just remarkable. There was a lot of even competition."

Swiggart was the only player from Steamboat Springs who picked up a title, but he wasn't the only local player in the finals.

Ann Bradley and Kathi Skytta made it to the finals in the Women's 60 Doubles, but lost 7-5, 4-6, 3-6. Steamboat's Fred Reynolds and Dick Wright also made it to the finals in the Men's 70 Doubles but came up short 4-6, 6-7(3).

Locals who participated in this year's Senior Sectional Tournament were: Swiggart, Bradley, Skytta, Reynolds, Wright, Jo Geier, Barb Campbell, Scott Campbell, Paul Hughes, Don Lathrop, Peter Patten, Galen Redindo, Karen Riggio, Barbara Ross, Roger Ross, Dave Schaller, Nick Schoewe, Charles Schultz, Bark Siek, Dick Tonneson, Don Toy and Ed Trousil.

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