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On March 8-9, West Brunswick and South Brunswick will be host of the South Coast Classic Invitational tennis tournament. The venues for the competition are South Brunswick High School, West Brunswick High School and the eight-court complex at the Ocean Isle Beach Park Tennis Center.
These are the first-round pairings: South vs. St. James High School (Murrells Inlet, S.C.); Coastal Christian High School vs. Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School; West vs. Garner Magnet High School; Ashley High School vs. Georgetown (S.C.). High School.
Competition will start at 4 p.m. March 8. The winning teams advance to the championship bracket and the losing teams move to the consolation bracket. Semifinals are scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday and the finals will be played at 2:30 p.m. Rounds two and three of the championship bracket will be played at Ocean Isle Beach Park Tennis Center. Rounds two and three of the consolation bracket will be played at West and South high schools.
Cougars win openers
The South Brunswick boys’ tennis team opened its 2013 season by beating North Brunswick 9-0 Feb. 27 at the Brunswick Forest tennis courts.
Singles: Gabe Azzato def. Chase Wells 6-0, 6-1. Joey Kronenwetter def. Miguel Flores 6-3, 6-4. Noah Pieper def. Victor Benitez 6-0, 6-0. Caleb Hemphill def. Christian Lancaster 6-1, 6-1. Jarrett Walls def. Chris Bannerman 6-1, 6-0. Hunter Britt def. David Solis 6-0, 6-0.
Doubles: Azzato and Pieper def. Wells and Benitez 8-0. Kronenwetter and Hemphill def. Flores and Lancaster 8-3. Britt and Dalton Adams def. Bannerman and Solis 8-3.
On Friday at South, the Cougars beat West Bladen 9-0.
Singles: Caleb Stanley def. Reyes Valarde 6-0, 6-0. Gabe Azzato def. Christopher Lemmings 6-1, 6-0. Joey Kronenwetter def. Martin Sanchez 6-2, 6-1. Noa Pieper def. Luke Taylor 6-0, 6-0. Caleb Hemphill def. Adam Rutland 6-2, 6-0. Jarrett Walls def. Victor Jacome 6-4, 6-2.
Doubles: Stanley-Azzato def. Valarde-Lemmings 8-1. Kronenwetter-Pieper def. Sanchez-Taylor 8-0. Hemphill-Walls def. Rutland-Jacome 8-1.
Tennis play day is March 10
Free tennis play day is from 2-4 p.m. March 10. The Brunswick County Tennis Association event for kids age 4-14 will take place at the Ocean Isle Beach Park Tennis Center on Old Georgetown Road.
The BCTA will provide specially sized rackets and balls and will have kid-sized courts for the young players. There will be prizes and pizza. Call Dave Gongora at (908) 601-2658 for more information.
BCTA singles ladder
The 2013 spring session of the BCTA men’s singles ladder began March 4. You must be a member of BCTA to play in this competition.
This spring session will end June 19 and single-elimination playoff matches will be June 22-23. Contact Ron Madden at (910) 454-9256 or send an e-mail to him at email@example.com.
Southport tennis courts open March 16
The new tennis courts at Southport will have a grand opening ceremony March 16. Round robins and other activities are scheduled. Call Bill Davis at 845-8812 for more details.
Kids free tennis day is March 23
Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a tennis day for those ages 4-18. The event is 3-4:30 p.m. March 23 at the Shallotte District Park. For more information, contact Ruthie McHugh at 253-2583.
Junior Open is March 23-24
The Brunswick County Tennis Association will be host to the Brunswick County Junior Open Tennis tournament March 23-24 at Ocean Isle Beach Park. The United States Tennis Association sanctions this event. Players will receive points for their state ranking. The tournament is a singles event open to boys and girls in these age groups: 10 and younger, 12 and younger, 14 and younger, 16 and younger, and 18 and younger.
Registration deadline is March 17. Players must register online by going to www.tennislink.usta.com and click on USTA Junior Tournament. Under Find A Tournament, enter ZIP code 28469. For more information, Bob Cause at 471-2824.
Adult and youth tennis lessons
Adult and youth tennis lessons begin March 25. Age groups and skill levels vary. Youth lessons are Mondays and adult lessons are Wednesdays at Ocean Isle Beach, Lockwood Folly and Smithville parks. Fee is $65 per person. Contact Ruthie McHugh at (910) 253-2583 to register. Private lessons also are available.
Spring fling tennis tournaments in April
An adult tennis tournament is set for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 6 at Ocean Isle Beach Park Tennis Center. A youth tournament is set for April 20 at Ocean Isle Beach Park. Age Groups and fee vary. Contact Ruthie McHugh at (910) 253-2583 to register.