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Sportsmanship shines at Schroon Lake Tennis Tourney

SCHROON LAKE - This year's Schroon Lake Tennis Tournament ended Aug. 7 with blue skies, some great finals matches, and an awesome potluck picnic and awards ceremony at the town tennis courts. Twenty-three doubles teams and 14 singles players competed during the six-day event, with players as young as 10 and as young-at-heart as 78. Competitors came from at least five different states, and competed in categories from 12 and under singles through century doubles.

The best part of the tournament was watching the children's matches. All of the youth demonstrated good sportsmanship, frequently complimenting their opponents' best shots, making fair line calls, keeping score well and discussing differences amicably. When some of the children finished their matches, they watched their peers still playing and cheered for both sides. Comments like, "Great shot! Nice try! Good effort!" were made frequently by the children.

Sporting events are not just about winning and getting trophies. They are about learning how to put forth a strong effort, play hard and fairly, and win or lose graciously. They are about shaking hands with your opponent willingly at the end of the competition, and making friends. The youngsters at the Schroon Lake Tennis Tournament demonstrated all of these qualities, and each one was presented with a special sportsmanship award. These fine young people have a great start on growing up to be good sports in the game of life. The winners of the sportsmanship award were Josh Dion, David Klee, Henry Klee, Andre Megliola, Keith Ratchford, Peter and Tim Salit, and Levi Williams.

Awards for tournament play in the various events were presented to the following people:

Singles: Age 12 and younger - Champion Levi Williams, Finalist Andre Megliola;

Age 16 and younger-Champion Josh Dion, Finalist David Klee;

Women-Champion Ellie George, Finalist Caroline Baldwin;

Men-Champion Scott George, Finalist Luc Rogers.

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