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Tournament crowns new champs

Fourteen new champions were crowned as the annual River Valley Ranch Tennis Classic ended play on Sunday in Carbondale.

The majority of this year’s winners in the skill-level graded event are Roaring Fork Valley residents.

The lone exceptions came in the women’s 3.0 and men’s 4.0 singles matches and the mixed 3.5 doubles.

Amy Strahura of Golden was extended to a third set after Aspen’s Andi Born pulled the 3.0 championship to a 1-1 tie. Strahura gained the win with a 6-1 victory in the final set.

Aurora’s David Muramoto downed John Putnam of Basalt, 6-2, 6-3 in the singles’ final. Robert and Janelle Bennett from Denver won their doubles crown in straight sets.

In other men’s singles finals, Paul Dudley of Carbondale defeated Marc Kneepkens from Battlement Mesa, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the 3.5 division championship.

Peter Jacobson from Glenwood Springs took the 4.5 singles title with a 6-1, 6-3 straight set win over Onno Koelman of Snowmass.

Scott Dorais, an Aspen resident took home the 5.0 championship trophy with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 victory against Chad Yates from Snowmass Village.

Additional women’s singles champs included Laura Maine from Carbondale, who earned the 3.5 title in a straight-set win over Sally Hassett.

Kimberly Cobb, another Carbondale resident, downed Aspen’s Shelley Lundh 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 in the 4.0 championship match. Marie Mackler won the 4.5 title in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 over Lorna Peterson.

Mixed Doubles winners included Janet Leverson and Darren Rienks from Aspen over Tim and Beth Day of Denver, 6-3, 6-4 in the 4.0 final.

The Carbondale pair of Cindy Bruce and Robin Garvik beat the team of Chris Kelly and Kimberly Natalini, 6-3, 6-4 for the 3.0 women’s championship.

Glenwood residents Leanne McCallum and Nancy Wood bested Sally Hassett and Laura Maine, 6-2, 6-0 in the 3.5 women’s doubles title match.

Carbondale’s Susie Cheney and Janet Leverson of Basalt took a 6-3, 6-4 win over Darlene Dion and Carol Graf-Carnish in the 4.0 women’s doubles final.

The Aspen twosome of Christy Anderlik and Lorna Peterson earned the women’s 4.5 doubles championship with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Susie Cheney and Nancy Zeigel.


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