Junior Tennis Has a Smashing Weekend

Ten and under novice players, from left: Sarah MacCallum, Charlie Besso, Coach Julie Heussenstamm, Jessa Chaney, Megan Mindte, Jai Lin Garrett and Claire Smithers.

Four of five Laguna Beach junior team tennis teams finished either first or second in their league this past weekend and qualified to play in the Orange County playoffs. Three of those teams went through to the finals.


The 12 & under intermediate team defeated Irvine’s Homestead Park 6-3 on Saturday, and a UCI team 6-3 in the final on Sunday. Playing for this team were Jett Cole, Nicholas Besso, Mason Lebby, William Michelson,

Peter Szacaks, Francis Pillsbury and Scott Yoder.


The 10 and under novice team defeated two Irvine teams. They won Saturday’s semi-final 8-1 and Sunday’s final 7-2.


After winning the semi-final 6-3 on Saturday against University Park, the 14 and under novice team forfeited in the final one player short. Finalists  were Cameron Andersen, Jaden Christiansen, Marianna Krumrine, Emma Paddon and Malia Helms.


The 14 and under intermediate team’s No. 2 player Ashley Shelton took her match to tie-break, No. 6 Lauren Thunen won her match 6-4 and together they won at #2 in doubles 6-3.





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