Rain wasn’t going to stop 50 tennis players from getting in swings during the Security Federal tennis tournament last weekend.
The event, which was held at McMinnville Civic Center, played through patches of heavy rain, but was able to crown winners in 12 different flights. It took a handful of helpers, patience and a lots of squeegees.
“We were out there with the squeegees every day,” said David Dunlap, who organized the tournament. “It was nice to get to play. I was happy with the turnout.”
Dunlap wasn’t just a spectator. He was also part of two winning teams.
Dunlap teamed with David Maechler to win the Men’s B doubles, beating Richard Donnell and Mike Pirtle. In the Mixed B doubles, Dunlap and Becky Gipson took down the father-daughter combination of Billy and Macey Tollison.
It was a rare setback for Macey, who was able to win the Ladies B singles over WCHS Lady Pioneer standout Mary Ella Lee. Macey pulled double duty in the brackets, also playing in the Ladies A singles where she finished second to Taylor Meeks.
Katie Colwell was the third female singles victor. Colwell won the Ladies C singles, topping Jackelyn Cordon and Elina Rowland.
In men’s singles play, Seth Grissom emerged from a five-player bracket to beat Jesus Mercado in the A division. Tyler Gilley won three straight matches, the last over Billy Tollison, to win the Men’s B division. In Men’s C singles, WCHS player Ben Campos edged Kaleb Bell in the finals.
Dave Griffin won the final singles division – Men’s Over-60 – against competitors Wayne Moore, second, and Mike Pierce, third.
Steven Knowles and Jeffery Gaines teamed to win the Men’s A doubles against Chase and Barry Owens. Knowles was also on the Mixed A doubles champions, joining Sarah King to beat Gaines and Georgia Marsile.
Gipson and Lisa Patton won the Ladies B doubles, taking down Emma Habel and Vivian Fernandez.
Tennis enthusiasts can already start making plans to play the Dr Pepper tennis tournament Aug. 8-10. Contact Dunlap for more details.