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Raising a racket
Security Federal Tennis Tournament draws 45
Southern Standard ace crime reporter Duane Sherrill traded his pen/paper for a tennis racket trying to ace some serves in the mens B doubles division. Sherrill and his doubles partner Lester Cowell played for the championship Saturday.

Going on three decades, coach David Dunlap has organized the Security Federal Tennis Tournament and this year is no different. Beginning Thursday, competitors came to McMinnville to play in the tenured tournament, and for some a trip to McMinnville to play tennis is also a trip to see old friends, teammates and coaches.
Results were available up to the final round on Saturday, which for those left standing out of 45 entrants was the final test.
“The turnout was lower than normal,” said Dunlap as last year’s challenge drew 75 players. “We’ve got some super players, and it’s gone very well so far. The weather has been excellent and I’m planning on the next one already.”
Dunlap also organizes the Dr Pepper Tennis Tournament which will be Aug. 10-12 at the McMinnville Civic Center tennis courts.
As of Friday evening Paul Montgomery defeated Daniel Gillespie handily in two sets 6-1, 6-2. He played for a men’s “A” singles championship playoff slot against Sicinia Kyatham who bested Jesus Mercado in two sets, 6-3, 6-2 on Friday.
Chase Owens defeated Tanner Cagle in two, 6-4, 6-2, and will play Zach King who won out over Martin Drabina 6-2, 6-3. The winner played against either Montgomery or Kyatham depending on which one brought their A game Saturday.
Ladies “A” singles found Laurel Tipps winning over Mary Ella Lee by forfeit Thursday and will have to play Keely Smith, who defeated Madison Brown on Friday 6-0, 6-1 for the ladies “A” singles championship game Saturday.
In men’s “B” singles division, Austin Cagle felled Daniel Campos 6-4, 7-5 in a touch match and played Nathan Haynes for the championship game Saturday after Haynes won over Hunter Rodgers in two 6-3, 6-1 just prior.
Men’s “A” doubles found Zach King and Paul Montgomery still alive after two qualifying matches Friday which put them up against Chase Owens and Barry Owens on Saturday. They battled through two matches as well to meet King and Montgomery for bragging rights.
In mixed “B” doubles Austen Smith and Laurel Tipps defeated Bracton Womack and Beth Vaughn 6-1, 7-5 and played David Dunlap and Mary Ella Lee on Saturday. Dunlap and Lee won their first match Thursday in two sets 6-2, 6-2 against Tim Tipps and Lisa Trail.
Men’s “B” doubles, Lester Cowell and Duane Sherrill played Tim Tipps and Austin Smith after Cowell and Sherrill felled a pair of Campos, Daniel and Ben, 6-0, 6-4. Tipps and Smith’s path to the championship game came through Friday’s match with Craston Saylors and Mike Pierce, 7-6, 6-4.
The ladies “A” doubles, mixed “A” doubles, boy’s singles and girls singles “round robin” were all played Saturday. Results were not available at press time.