Youngs fall in state semis to end prep season; it’s Tennis Month

LHSAA SEMIFINALISTS – Sydney (far left) and Morgan Young (second from left) fell in the semifinals of girls’ doubles at the Division I state tournament in Monroe.

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Byrd’s triplets, the Young sisters, fell in the semifinals at the LHSAA Division I state tennis tournament in Monroe on Friday morning.

Morgan and Sydney Young were defeated in the semifinals of girls’ doubles 6-2, 6-4 by eventual champions Anne Guglielmo and Sophia Manuel of St. Joseph’s Academy. Bella Young fell 6-4, 6-1 to Ella Mancuso of St. Joseph’s Academy, who was then defeated by Natalie Devraj of Mandeville in the finals.

St. Joseph’s Academy finished first in team competition with 17.5 points, followed by Mt. Carmel (12), and Byrd (6).

MERRY MONTH OF MAY:  Querbes Park has some exciting events scheduled to celebrate National Tennis Month.

Two events will take place on Saturday, May 21. Kids Play Day will include monitored match play and fun games from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $15 per child with pizza included. That evening, the Adult Spring Fling Mixer will include tennis, jambalaya, salad, and cash bar. Cost is $25 per player.

On Friday, May 27, “Oldsters and Youngsters” will be held from 9-11 a.m. and will include a play day featuring kids teaming with seniors. Cost is $5 per player.

Tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 28 is Parent/Child Golf & Tennis from 2-4 p.m. which will include one hour of instruction at each end of Querbes Park. Cost is $20 per player.

For information, contact Michael Schaff at 318-673-7787 or michael@querbestenniscenter.net.

CELEBRATE IN BOSSIER:  You can celebrate National Tennis Month at one of the most popular events in the area.

The City Championships at Bossier Tennis Center, voted the “2020 Adult Tournament of the Year” for the entire Southern Section and the state of Louisiana, will be held May 23-29.

While registration does not close until May 16, spots will probably be filling quickly. The tournament is limited to the first 275 players, which is the number of competitors who played last year.

Prize money will be awarded for first, second, and third place ion Men’s Open Singles and Doubles as well as Women’s Open Singles and Doubles. Matches will not begin before 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. All matches will be two-out-of-three sets with a 10-point tiebreaker in lieu of a third set.

Entries are limited to players that currently live in central to northern Louisiana (Alexandria and any city north of Alexandria). Anyone who has lived in the northwest Louisiana area for at least five consecutive years at any point is eligible to play.

Players can compete in up to three divisions as long as one of those is a Parent/Child division. Play will start on Monday, May 23 for Parent/Sibling and Grandparent/Grandchild divisions and Wednesday for Men’s Open Singles. All other divisions will not start before Thursday, May 26. Men’s Open Singles will be limited to 4.0+ players with first-match consolation only. Players with a rating of 3.5 or below can enter the coed open singles draw.

Doubles events include Combo 5.0 Men’s 18 & Over, Combo 6.0 Men’s 18 & Over, Combo 7.0 Men’s 18 & Over, Combo 8.0 Men’s 18 & Over, Men’s 55 & Over, Father/Son, Grandfather/Grandson, Men’s Open, Combo 5.0 Women’s 18 & Over, Combo 6.0 Women’s 18 & Over, Combo 7.0 Women’s 18 & Over, Combo 8.0 Women’s 18 & Over, Mother/Daughter, Women’s Open, Combo 5.0 Mixed 18 & Over, Combo 6.0 Mixed 18 & Over, Combo 7.0 Mixed 18 & Over, Combo 8.0 Mixed 18 & Over, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, and Mixed Open.

Entry fee will be $75 for your first event, $25 for your second, and $25 for your third event. For more information, contact Todd Killen at 318-347-8515 or toddkillen00@gmail.com.

Photo by LUCY YOUNG


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