Steamboat Springs resident Ed Mooney looks to return a ball Sunday during the Intermountain Tennis Association's Senior Sectional Tennis Championships at The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Steamboat Springs resident Ed Mooney looks to return a ball Sunday during the Intermountain Tennis Association's Senior Sectional Tennis Championships at The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

Locals fare well in tennis tournament

Seniors competition draws about 100 to Steamboat

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— It almost was as if someone upstairs was listening. Stacy Swiggart, director of the Intermountain Tennis Association's Senior Sectional Tennis Championships, expressed her joy about having dodged nearly all of the often-predicted thunderstorms during the weekend tournament at The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

Minutes later, as the final matches of the tournament took the court Sunday, the skies opened up with rain and hail.

No worries. There was plenty of room on the inside courts and after a few minutes of scrambling, the tournament concluded without a problem.

"It went really well," Swiggart said. "Mother Nature was very nice to us all weekend."

The seniors tournament drew about 100 players from a six-state area, though most hailed from Utah and Colorado. Swiggart said a large Denver tournament kept this year's numbers slightly smaller than those of years past, but she said there still was plenty of good tennis.

She should know - she was one of a few locals to win a division in the three-day affair.

Swiggart won the 45-year old women's classification. Sue Swain and Susie Allen teamed up to win the women's 50-year-old doubles. Kathi Skytta was a part of a team that won the women's 65-year-old doubles division.

Ed Mooney, meanwhile, played with Ken Sawer from Aspen. Mooney wrapped up the Men's 55 doubles bracket by winning his final service game, putting the finishing touches on a two-set victory.

"It was a fantastic tournament," Mooney said. "I always play this one. It was really nice this year."

- To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 871-4253 or e-mail jreichenberger@steamboatpilot.com

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