Sugarmill Oakies

Pictured is the hosting team of the Sugarmill Oakies at the end-of-season luncheon of the Citrus Area Ladies Doubles League at Crump’s in Homosassa. From left, Antoinette van den Hoogen, Leslie Sherry, Nancy Ponticos, Carla Chitwood, hula instructor Linda, Gail Cooper, Carole Keatts, Cory Jensen, Aurora Rice, Marian Wood, Deb Brown and Renee Hammond.

And here it is — the end of the local tennis league season.

The last champion of the 2018-19 season was crowned at the end of season Hawaiian-themed luncheon at Crump’s Landing in Homosassa, organized by the Sugarmill Oakies (see picture). After a hula lesson and a bean toss contest, the time had arrived to eat and announce the winner. The title for the

2018-19 season went to Sky Hi, captained by Linda Lademann and co-captained by Ellen Cupelli. The players on the team were Pat Bergerson, Henny David, Terry DeMartino, Ann Finnin, Becky Fisher, Geri Foster, Bonnie Harwin, Linda Johnson, Carmen Rosengarten, Ann Marie Simonelli and Michelle Tripp.

The final standings were as follows: Champion Ski Hi with 115 points; Skyview Advantage, 108; Bicentennial Babes, 93; Tennis Bratz, 87; Sugarmill Oakies, 75; Pine Ridge Fillies, 71.

Things are looking good for next season with the expansion of the Monday league with one team and the Tuesday league gaining two teams.

With the end of the season comes also the end of this column until the fall. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you at the page again at that time. Have a great summer, stay cool and healthy, and thank you for supporting tennis in Citrus County.

Citrus Area Senior Ladies 3.0-3.5 Tuesday League

The Sugarmill Sweet Spots were crowned the champions of the 2018-19 season. The team was captained by Laura Rustin, with co-captain Marian Wood and included the following players: Deb Brown, Janet Powe, Lisa Dickinson and Jan Badolato.

Final standings: Champion Sugarmill Sweet Spots, 68 points; Tennis Alley Gators, 56; Meadowcrest Racquettes, 47; Sugarmill Match Makers, 45; Riverhaven Ospreys, 32; Pine Ridge Poachers, 21.

Just a reminder that you need only four players to form a team for this league. With all the ladies we have playing tennis in Citrus County, it should be possible to add a couple of teams to this league.

To play in this league, a player must be at least 50 years of age or better, with a 3.0 to 3.5 rating. The league is always looking for players to sub for teams. If you are interested in subbing, please contact chairperson Laura Rustin.

Nature Coast 3.0 Ladies League

The final standings were as follows: Champions with 57 points were the Skyview Wonders; Le Grone MsHits, 39; Sugarmill Rockets, 37; Skyview Blues, 33; Riverhaven Double Trouble, 20. The Skyview Wonders team was captained by Ann Marie Simonelli, co-captain Joanie Kelsey and the other team members were Maribel Mena, Kathy Lockhart, Erika Hawn, Nancy Wallace and Shelley Ennett. Congratulations ladies!

The league is for players 55 years and over with a rating of up to 3.0. Every match will consist of two sets, in case of a tie the match will be decided by a 10-point Coman tie-break. Each set won means a point for the team. There is a universal sub list which means that players on this list can sub for any given team. If you are interested in playing or subbing in this league, please contact the new chairperson for the 2019-20 season Nancy Bruins at rp41me@gmail.com or call 352-628-4370.

Their next season will start on Oct. 7. All new players are encouraged to sign up over the summer and new teams are also invited.

Thursday Morning Citrus Area Doubles League

Players must be at least 25 years old and have a 3.0-4.0 rating to play in this league. The Tennis Bratz take over the chair for the 2019-20 season chairperson TBA.

USTA Leagues

3.0 Adult Women 55+: Skyview lost to Fort King, 3-0. Record 3-5.

3.5 Adult Women 55+: The Skyview champions team was captained by Linda Homa and consisted of the following players: Kathryn Fitzgibbons, Carmen Rosengarten, Lynne Finman, Doris Pritt, Tana Hubbard, Henny David, Kim Arcobello, Bonnie Harwin and Josephine Perrone. Next up for the ladies is the sectionals May 18-20 at Daytona. Good luck. Skyview (Homa) record 7-3. Skyview (Sulinski) record 5-5. Sugarmill Woods record 0-10.

3.5 Adult Men 55+: Skyview record 5-3.

4.0 Adult Women 55+: Skyview lost to Fort King, 2-1. Record 1-7.

4.0 Adult Men 55+: Sugarmill Woods can start making plans for the State Sectionals after winning the title. They will be at the USTA Lake Nona complex in Orlando on May 4-6. Congratulations to the team captained by Rick Scholl and consisting of the following players: Mike Brown, Dominick Testi, Glenn Sikorcin, Craig Tammen, Jim Lavoie, David deMontfort, Shea Monroe, Greg Morrissey and Eric van den Hoogen. Good luck in Orlando guys.

7.0 Adult Women 65+: The champion team is captained by Marcia Thuermer and consists of the following players: Lynne Finman, Michelle Tripp, Nancy Ferguson, Maria Williamson, Ann Finnin, Linda Homa, Doris Pritt, Kathy Fitzgibbons, Chris Jarzyna, Linda Johnson, Gerianne Foster, Pat Bergerson and Margie McLellan. They will be travelling to Orlando for the Sectionals. Good luck in Orlando ladies.

Skyview def. Fort King, 3-0. Record 6-3. Lynne Finman/Michelle Tripp won, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0; Nancy Ferguson/Maria Williamson won, 6-2, 6-1; Ann Finnin/Linda Homa won, 6-3, 6-3.

7.0 Adult Men 65+: Skyview record 3-5.

If you have any questions or for information in our District 4 (south), call or email Leigh Chak at chak@ustaflorida.com or www.ustaflorida.com/Leighchak or call 352-572-7157.

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