Community notebook: Area youth tennis players claim tournament titles

By Paul Danzer, Columbian community sports reporter

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Three players from Clark County were among the champions of a youth tennis tournament held Friday through Sunday at Club Green Meadows in Vancouver.

Samantha Hampton of Vancouver won the girls 18 age division singles and doubles tournaments, and Julia Haynes of Vancouver did the same in the divisions for girls 14 and younger.

Also, Spencer Cultice of Ridgefield won the singles title in the boys age 12 division.

The Club Green Meadows Junior Champs Tournament drew 140 entries from around Oregon and Washington. Champs is the USTA level for advanced youth players.

Hampton, the top seed in the tournament for her division, won 18-and-younger girls singles title by defeating Nora Tan of Mercer Island 6-1, 7-5. Hampton then in singles, then teamed with Tan to win the Girls 18s doubles.

Haynes, a fifth-grader playing up two age divisions, beat Joyce Park 6-1, 6-3 in the girls 14s singles final. In doubles, she teamed with Hannah Gianan of Washougal to win the title.

In the boys 12-and-younger singles bracket, Cultice beat Alan Yim of Sammamish in the finals.

Porter wins New Year’s run

Matt Porter of Washougal won the Clark County Running Club’s first race of 2012.

Porter, 20, beat 29-year-old Eric Dolezal of Vancouver to the finish line by eight seconds to win the Hangover 5-K on New Year’s Day.

Porter finished the 3.1-mile run at the Vancouver National Historic Site in 16 minutes and 21 seconds.

Katarina Mueller, 20, of Vancouver, finished in 19:39 and was the first woman to finish.

A total of 174 runners finished the race.

Little League signup time in full swing

January is the time to sign up for Little League baseball and softball, along with programs such as Babe Ruth Baseball.

A list of in-person and online registration opportunities are in the online Community Sports Calendar at Columbian.com.

In addition to all area Little Leagues, registration details are listed for the Vancouver Girls Softball Association and for the Hazel Dell Metro, Camas-Washougal and for Kalama-Woodland-Ridgefield-La Center Babe Ruth.

Community Sports News is published each Tuesday. A calendar listing local events and organization is posted at Columbian.com. To submit items for publication or to be listed in the online calendar, call 360-735-4521 or send email to paul.danzer@columbian.com.