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TIFTON -- The second annual Red Hill Tennis Classic concluded Sunday at the ABAC Tennis Center.

"It was a big success for us. We were USTA (United States Tennis Association)-sanctioned this year and we had a big turnout with 75 players from throughout the state," said tournament chairman Alan Kramer.

Kramer added, "we also had a lot of hard-working volunteers that made this event a success. It shows there are a lot of people in this community that have a passion for tennis."

Several local players were among the ones that did well in the tournament. Players competed in age groups ranging from 12-under to 18-under.

In the 12-under boys singles, three of the four competitors were from Tifton. John Torell took two of his three matches, while Charles Griffin also won one match. The other Tifton competitor, Brian Jordan, fell ill during the event.

Govind Chhina of Ashburn won the 14 boys singles final. Fitzgerald's Sam Hughes also made the semifinals in that bracket.

Other local competitors were Al Janelle and Sam Reinhardt of Tifton.

Tifton native Jacob Sauls finished second the boys 16 singles. Other local competitors were Tifton's Russ Vann, Michael Bowen, David McAllister, David Metzger and Chris Cella, as well as Mark Cook and David McNease from Fitzgerald.

Former Tift County Blue Devil Jarred Sauls, who has signed with ABAC, took the boys 18 singles title. Tifton's John Bowen and Jay Lawler were among the other competitors.

Dylan Windom from Tifton made the semifinals of the girls 14 singles bracket. Other local competitors were Tifton's Kelli Jordan, Rachel Cohen, Stacy Perlis and Leah Lamb.

A pair of Tifton natives played in the consolation finals of the girls 16 singles bracket. Sarah Dutcher defeated Anna Cohen by a 6-3, 6-2 score.

Whitney Lightfoot and Becky Alt from Tift County High, as well as Dawn Bryan from Tiftarea Academy were three of the four competitors in the girls 18 singles bracket. Alt won two matches and Lightfoot took one during the round-robin tournament.







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