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2006 3.0 Senior League National Championship News


USTA LEAGUE TENNIS Senior Women’s 3.0 Final Standings
Champion: Northern California – Fremont, California
2nd place: Pacific Northwest - Portland, Oregon
3rd place: Middle States - Allentown, Pennyslvania
4th place: Texas - Kingwood, Texas

USTA LEAGUE TENNIS Senior Men’s 3.0 Final Standings
Champion: Southern
– Monroe, Louisiana
2nd place: Hawaii – Honolulu, Hawaii
3rd place: Pacific Northwest –  Wenatchee, Washington
4th place: Florida – Clearwater, Florida 

photos courtesy of Cynthia Lum


3.0 Sr. North. Cal.

Champion: Northern California (Fremont, Ca.)
Left to right: Shelly Botner, Beverly Hagan, Marta Riedy, Darlene Fischer, Barbara Johns, Lois Leeds, Captain Sandra Wynne, Barbara Hargreaves, Carole Hill, Deborah Ter Keurst, Laura Fleming and Brenda Ober.


3.0 Sr. PNW2

Finalist: Pacific Northwest (Portland, Or.)
Left to right: Helen White, Sarah Chung, Carol Davidson, Lori Vranizan, Captain Wendy Weddle, Terry Folen, Lili Price, Mary Logsdon and Ellen Mayock. 

3.0 Sr. Midd. St.

3rd Place: Middle States (Allentown, Pa.)
Left to right: Marilyn Ptalis, Marilyn Davenport, Sharon Bates, Captain Susan Phillips, Connie Hertzog, Faye Dorney-Madgitz and Dolores Lutzko.


3.0 Sr. Texas

4th Place: Texas (Kingwood, Tx.)
Left to right: Shirley Donaldson, Janis Bartell, Carol Pucci, Helen Clark, Denise Alvarado, Jarratt, Captain Maureen Smith, Brenda Fishbeck, Jan Moffitt, Sharon Ruby, Sue Creaney and Sally Curtin.



3.0 Sr. Southern

Champion: Southern (Monroe, La.) 
Left to right: Jimmy Eaton, John Wakeman, Charles Bell, Joe King, Captain Mark Taylor, Fritz Holmstrom, Patrick Wright and Randy Morgan.


3.0 Sr. Hawaii

Finalist: Hawaii (Honolulu, Hi.)
Left to right: George Uedoi, Harry Abasial, Len Arakawa, Glen Sugiyama, Randy Hagino, Captain Allen Sakamoto, John Hume, Milton Nitta, Ed McGovern and Brian Maeshiro.


3.0 Sr. PNW

3rd Place: Pacific Northwest (Wenatchee, Wa.)
Left to right: Larry Woodward, Mike Cassidy, William Dronen, Captain Craig Vidano, Charles Hayes, Dan Gaab and James Russell.


3.0 Sr. Florida men

4th Place: Florida (Clearwater, Fl.)
Left to right: Tom Riley, George Frey, Terry Sandman, Roger Rogers, Captain Pat Augustin, Blane Sherk, Robert Shuck, Dan Diloreto, Thomas Schultz and George Ditzel.


photos courtesy of Cynthia Lum

Men's RESULTS      -      Women's RESULTS

Men's Semifinal action for October 29 - 7:30 a.m. with Finals immediately following
Pacific Northwest vs. Hawaii
Southern vs. Florida

Women's Semifinals action for October 29 - 7:30 a.m. with Finals immediately following
Northern California vs. Middle States
Texas vs. Pacific Northwest


Day Two from 3.0 Senior Nationals in Tucson

Halloween Bash Draws Great Costumes and Fun

Many of the 3.0 Senior men and women teams dressed up in great Halloween costumes!  Check out some of the winners here who claimed the best team costume title.  Thank you to everyone who attended this year's party.  A lot of prizes from Chrysler and Penn were presented to players attending the party.  

3.0 Sr. tourists
3.0 Sr. pirates













3.0 Sr. loon
3.0 Sr. stars















Famous Chicken Makes Party Appearance

3.0 Sr. chicken

In an effort to motivate the Southern California women's team this season, one of the husbands offered to dress the part of the 'Famous Chicken' if the women advanced to the national championships.  At the time the offer to dress as a chicken was just talk, but when the women ended up sectional champions and started making plans to compete at the national championships this weekend, the women made sure the chicken fulfilled his obligation.








Texas Team Spans Impressive Range of Ages 

3.0 Texas

The Texas men's team from San Antonio might have the widest age range of players this weekend - from a 51-year-old newbie up to a spunky 76-year-old gentleman.  Rich Greenough is the energetic 76-year-old player who was introduced to the sport of a lifetime 20 years ago through a good friend.  "I used to play golf quite a bit, but once I tried tennis, I was hooked on this sport." 

Although Rich has only been playing tennis for 20 years, he has experienced quite a bit of success.  This is his third trip to a national championship, although he is still in pursuit of his first title.  He recently captured the Super Senior tennis title in the Texas State Olympic Games.  Next weekend Rich will compete along with six of his current teammates from this senior team in the USTA Texas Section Super Senior Championships.  During 3.0 national championship play this weekend, Rich is undefeated with a 3-0 record along with partner Gene Vanecek.

Rich is very young at heart, and when asked his age, enthusiastically responds with '76 Trombones in the Big Parade' from the music classic.  Next year for his 77th birthday celebration, Rich plans to head to Las Vegas and play the 'double seven' slots.





Coach/Captain Makes Third Trip to 2006 Nationals

Midwest's coach Prem Gupta is starting to learn his way around the city of Tucson.  This year five of his Indianapolis teams advanced to the national championships this fall - 2.5 women and men, 3.0 senior women and men, and 3.5 senior men.  This weekend marks Prem's second visit to Tucson in the past month.  His first trip to Tucson resulted in a national title for the 2.5 women.  Now, he's hoping his teams this weekend advance to the semifinals tomorrow for a shot at another championship title.


New Englanders Bond Off Court

3.0 New England

The New England men from Westerly, R.I., and New England women from Trumbull, Ct., took a break off the tennis court for a special group photo.  Although they are from different cities in the Northeast, they both have experienced a great time this weekend representing their favorite section.  They hope to be cheering each other on during the semifinals slated for Sunday.









Sending Special Greetings Back Home to Coach Betsy

3.0 Nor Cal

The Northern California women from Fremont are missing their coach Betsy Gravette this weekend.  Betsy needed to say behind for a treatment as she has been battling brain cancer for 13 years.  So, the Northern California women want her to know they're giving 110% this weekend, and has been their inspiration this year. 

Betsy has been coaching the core members of this team for more than 10 years.  In 1997, then as an adult team, the women advanced to the national championship but came up a bit short in their quest for the title.   This year's senior team is eager to present their coach with a national title at the conclusion of this weekend's competition.

Coach Betsy Gravette has given so much to her players, and tennis has played a key role in her life during her illness.  Each year a tennis tournament is held with proceeds benefiting Gravette and other individuals with similar illnesses.      






Special Mother/Daughter Moment 

The Texas women's captain Maureen Smith and daughter Devin shared a special moment on Saturday when daughter Devin saw her mom compete for the first time ever on a tennis court.  Devin resides in Tucson, and when she learned her mom's team advanced to the national championship, she made sure she was available to cheer on her mom's Houston team.  Devin might just be the good luck charm that propelled the Texas women to the semifinals.

This weekend was also special for Maureen as her husband Bruce coordinated a surprise 60th birthday party in her honor on Friday night at a local restaurant.  The party was originally planned before the team traveled to Tucson, but with all the preparations needed before the team headed out here, playing tennis was more important than a party.  And, Devin ended up being part of her mom's birthday milestone celebration .




Day One from 3.0 Senior Nationals in Tucson

Sunny skies, cool temperatures, and enthusiastic players kicked off the final league championship weekend on October 27.  We're in store for a great weekend of competitive tennis, super weather, and a energetic group of players vying for the elusive national title.  Visit this portion of the website throughout the weekend as we'll post pictures and news of the 3.0 teams.


Photogenic Teams of the Day - Northern and Southern California are Tops on our Friday List

3.0 Northern women
3.0 South Cal women
















Mid-Atlantic Guys Just Wanna Have Fun - Special Thank You to their Mentor

3.0 MidAtlantic men

These Virginia Beach men are serious on the court, but when they're not playing, it's all about having some fun!   Their serious demeanor playing tennis and ability to have a great time off court is a testimony to their coach and mentor Guy Rules.  Guy is a spry 80 year-old man who introduced this team to the sport of a lifetime.  He wasn't able to make the trip this weekend to cheer for his Mid-Atlantic men, but he's serving as inspiration for the team. 

Guy recently celebrated his 80th birthday, and as a thank you for everything he has done for the team, they presented him with their winning section championship award.  The Mid-Atlantic men want to make him proud, and hope to present him with another championship award following this weekend's competition.







Team Support Aloha Style

3.0 Hawaii men
The Hawaii men have plenty of family support this weekend in Tucson.  The women are serving as the official team cheerleaders, and other family members are here to support their favorite group of guys - go Team Oahu!  Thus far, they are doing a great job as the men are off to a quick 2-0 start.













Small Squad Battle with Big Hearts

The Southern women from New Orleans might only consist of the minimum six player requirement, but they have proved this year it doesn't take any other players to win big.  Through sickness and injury they have fought hard to reach the national championship tournament.  During their state championship, one of the players was very ill, and the team forfeited one of the doubles courts for each match.  With only four players remaining, they needed to win the remaining two courts during each of their matches, and amazingly, they accomplished this feat.  Now in the national championship moment, they have all six players healthy and competing for a chance to advance to the semifinals on Sunday.


Our Top Picks for Team Names

The Middle States women and New England women get the Team Name Award.  Otherwise known as the 'Rockin Red Hats', the Middle States women from Allentown, Pa., are a lively bunch of senior ladies who although might be over 50, don't let age stop them from stealing the dance floor and having a great time. 

The New England women from Trumbull, Ct., are a group of rookie seniors this year all having just turned 50 years young.  Their team name, the 'Heartbreakers', is a spin off the name of their former adult team.  And, en route to advancing to the national championships, they've played the role of heartbreaker defeating their opponents along the way all year.



The Tennis Chicks

3.0 Florida women

The majority of the Florida women have been together for five years.  The Jacksonville teammates are sporting official 'tennis chicks' tatoos, visors, t-shirts and towels for this national championship.  The 'tennis chick' clicked with several of the team members when they first got together, and each year they add a new 'tennis chick' item to their collection. 

This is the team's first trip to the national championships.  They finished the first day of competition with a 1-1 record, and are eager to see what tomorrow brings on the court.


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