Community notebook: Local tennis team set to compete at sectional




A local tennis team is making a bid to reach the United States Tennis Association national team tournament.

The adult league team made up of players from Club Green Meadows and Vancouver Tennis Center qualified for the Pacific Northwest Sectional Tournament in Sunriver, Ore., Sept. 21-24.

This 65-and-over team won all their league matches in 2017 to earn their spot in the eight-team sectional.

Members include Alf Langland, Tom Hegerle, Ron Huggins, Don Pearson, John Sundell, John Bala, Tom Hahn, Andy Huck, George Middleton, Ron Spaude, Mark Benecke, Phil Brenes and Jim Collins.

They will be competing against teams from Tacoma, Mill Creek and Eugene in their pool. The other pool has teams from Bellevue, Olympia, Gresham and Salem.

The sectional winning team advances to nationals in January at Surprise, Ariz.

National tennis event being held at Club Green Meadows

Club Green Meadows is once again hosting the USTA National Women’s 70, 80, 90 Indoor Championships.

The tournament runs Wednesday through Saturday (Sept. 13-16). There are 33 players entered.

Representing Clark County is Molly Hall of Brush Prairie in the 80s singles bracket.

Brenda Carter of Charleston, S.C., is the top seed in the 70s singles bracket. Roz King of San Diego, Calif., is No. 1 in the 80s singles bracket. There are also four entrants in the 90s singles and doubles bracket.

Club Green Meadows is located at 7703 N.E. 72nd Ave., in Vancouver.

Vancouver gymnast headed to Japan

Vancouver gymnast Adrian Rodriguez, a Multnomah Athletic Club member, is among a group of 12 area athletes who departed Monday for Sapporo, Japan, to take part in an innovative athletic exchange program.

During their 10-day visit, the athletes, ranging in age from 13 to 18, not only practice and compete with their Japanese peers, but also absorb the culture through home stays and sight-seeing trips.

“I think this will be a truly eye-opening experience,” said Rodriguez, 16, who attends Mountain View High School. “I am also excited about trying the food.”

MAC gymnasts have been a part of every exchange since the program’s inception.