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Celebrating 25 years of JTT in Lakeland

August 2, 2006 03:01 PM
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More than 700 young tennis players traveled to Lakeland July 28-30 to participate in the 25th annual USTA Florida’s Summer Section Tournament hosted by the Polk County Tennis Association.

Eighty five teams from across the state battled each other for section champion bragging rights for the USTA Jr. Team Tennis Summer season. Kids competed in divisions ranging from 10's to 18's and in three different skill levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Trophies were awarded to the champions and finalist in each age/skill level except beginner, where all players are winners and each received a participation trophy.

Three teams qualified to advance to national competition! 14 & 18 Intermediate champions will compete in Tucson, AZ and the 18 Advanced champions will compete in San Diego, CA. Jacksonville will host the Georgia/Florida challenge for which another 20 teams qualified.

A "birthday" celebration took place Friday evening at the player's pizza party. Cake and balloons were added to the festivities to celebrate 25 years of Jr. Team Tennis in Lakeland. In addition, players danced and played games which were led by DJ Craig.

Door prizes and game give-aways were abundant thanks to Wilson Sporting Goods who donated many of the items.

"It's great watching the coaches and kids interacting in such a fun way," said Coordinator of USTA Jr. Team Tennis and Tournament Director Jodi Manning. "The kids love having their coaches join them on the dance floor!"

An important philosophy of USTA Jr. Team Tennis is sportsmanship and teamwork. The coach/captain plays a very crucial role at these championships.

To recognize their efforts, the Summer Section Tournament recognized the captains that each site director felt fulfilled their duties from exhibiting and encouraging good sportsmanship to making sure their spectator area was cleaned up at the completion of each match. Congratulations to the following winners:

NameTeam Name / City 
Alberto LenseTreasure Bay 12’s / Treasure Island
Marlaine RitchSt. Pete Beach Sunrunners / St. Petersburg
Karin DeCosteNorth River Shores Smashers / Stuart
Andy DurhamThe Power Kids / Auburndale
Cindy DisterWilliams YMCA Hotshots / Jacksonville
Leigh Ann DiloretoMoonballers / Winter Park

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USTA Florida would like to thank the Polk County Tennis Association, (PCTA,) led by Dave Beerman, for all its efforts in making this tournament such a success. The volunteerism, generosity and services are simply outstanding and USTA Florida greatly appreciates the PCTA's continual support.

Congratulations to the following teams that were winners and finalists in their respective divisions:

12 Intermediate
1stWilliams YMCA BreakersJacksonville29 (playoffs)
2ndWildcatsWinter Park11

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14 Intermediate
*1stDesoto Sure ShotsMelbourne27 (playoffs)
2ndWilliams YMCA AcersJacksonville16

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18 Intermediate
*1stTreasure Bay 18’sTreasure Island30 (playoffs)
2ndSuntree StallionsMelbourne9

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18 Advanced
*1stMiami Dream TeamMiami  117
2ndSkillz That KillzLakeland 93

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*Qualified for the National Tournament

Good luck to the following teams that will be competing in the Florida/Georgia Challenge, October 7-8 in Jacksonville:

New Faces10 IMiami
Jr. Extreme Blue Panthers10 IMiami
Williams YMCA Breakers12 IJacksonville
Wildcats12 IWinter Park
Miami Lasers12 IMiami
Smashing Phenoms12 ILakeland
Young Guns12 IPembroke Pines
Overheads12 IPembroke Pines
Williams YMCA Acers14 IJacksonville
Cocoa Beach Bruisers14 ICocoa Beach
Boneheads14 ILakeland
Deland Spinsation14 IDeland
Suntree Stallions18 IMelbourne
Williams YMCA Slammers18 IJacksonville
Kiwaness Krushers18 ICocoa
Hidden Talent18 IMiami
Miami P&R Smashers18 IMiami
Team XYNZ18 IMiami
Skillz That Killz18 ALakeland
Ocala All Stars18 AOcala






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