Wanda Brehmer and Jonathan Solomon would have liked nothing better than to have won a title at last weekend's Old West Steak House Mixed Doubles Championships.
But some things are more important than winning.
Brehmer didn't get to vie for the title, but after spending the weekend playing tennis with her son, that really didn't seem to matter.
"I just love to play tennis with him," Brehmer said. "We play together whenever we can."
Brehmer and Solomon defeated Susie Allen and Steve Donaldson in the consolation bracket of the 9.0 division in Sunday's championships round to take third.
"It was a great weekend," Brehmer said. "It's just so much fun to get out there and play -- especially with Jonathan."
But in Steamboat there are only a few opportunities that offer players a mixed format. Brehmer said it's a tournament she looks forward to every year.
She also likes the tournament because the Steamboat Springs Tennis Association sponsors it. The tennis association's next big event, the Ore House singles and doubles championships, is a benefit for the high school tennis teams at Steamboat Springs High School. That tournament will take place in August.
Solomon plays for the high school boys team and will be entering his senior season this fall.
Katthain Fabiola and Dave Schaller took top honors in the 9.0 division by beating Kellie Banisky and Brad Nelson in a hard-fought championship match.
Anya Cooper and Joel Toy defeated Ramsey Bernard and Breanne Murray in the 8.5 division. Dan Anderson and Patty Kreutz won the consolation title.
Anderson teamed up with Laurie Buelow to win the 8.0 division. They defeated Priscilla and Glynn Sisson. Christina Allevato and Andrew McQuade won the consolation title.
In the 7.5 division, Sandra and Bob Schulz defeated Brian Aragon and Murray. Karen Connell and Cal Myers won the consolation bracket.