Steamboat Springs At least in one Steamboat Springs household Sunday the “big matchup” didn’t have anything to do with Peyton Manning.
The 2014 Steamboat City MXD and Junior Championships came to a finale Sunday as Tatum Burger, 14, faced off against her brother, Teague, 13 and only 17 months her junior.
It was an epic match from the juniors, meeting in the championship of the tournament's top singles division with huge points, big serves and clutch shot making.
In the end, big sister prevailed, 6-2, 2-6, 14-12.
“It was just really hard,” Tatum said. “He’s gotten a lot better, so I was nervous.”
She had plenty of reason to be nervous. Teague said he was careful to avoid her powerful backhand and he moved her around the court, driving the ball deep time and time again.
“He’s really consistent,” she said. “He gets to everything.”
She answered with her own strong smashes.
“She doesn’t really miss,” Teague said.
They traded sets, then went well beyond the minimum points in the first-to-10, win-by-2 third tiebreaker. Each had chances to win but couldn’t close the door until finally Teague went just long.
“It’s fun, but frustrating,” he said about facing off against his sister. “You don’t want to lose.”
More of the day’s best action came in the Australian Open Singles bracket, where Tommy Regan, 7, Nate Holdeman, 10, and Roy Lundeen, 10, all took turns beating one another. Regan beat Holdeman. Holdeman beat Lundeen, and Lundeen beat Regan. It all broke down so close organizers had to out the games each won in those matches, and by that measure, Regan emerged as the champ by one game. Holdeman was second and Lundeen was third, also separated by just one game.
Kristen Fahrner and Tim Serantoni beat Ellie Bender and Joe Deline in the mixed 7.0 doubles championship. Kira Lorenzen and David Lorenzen beat Bo Stempel and Susan Stempel to win the mixed 7.5 doubles. Anya Cooper and Steve Harrison beat Carolyn Krueger and William Krueger in the mixed 8.0 doubles to win that division. Andy Schuiling, meanwhile, beat Max Lynch to win the Wimbledon division.
In round robin action, Tony Connell and Sume Miller, Richard Brice and Bettina Neset, David Schaller and Elizabeth Speare, Laurie Buelow and Jim Swiggart, and Mae Thorp and Annika Fahrner won matches while Lily Fox won in a round robin singles match.
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