Dozens of spectators enjoyed a week of world-class tennis during the $12,000 Gettel Nissan Tennis Series’ second event Dec. 12-13 at the Lakewood Ranch Athletic Center.
Seniors ages 65 to 78 participated in the two-day tennis tournament. King Van Nostrand and Fred Farzanegan won the first semifinal, defeating the former Canadian Davis Cup Team of Lorne Main and Bob Bedard 7-5 and 6-3.
The second semifinal featured a third set match tiebreaker in which Joe Bachmann and Ted Hoehn defeated Fred Drilling and Hank Rhawn 4-6, 7-5 and 12-10. On Dec. 13, Bachmann and Hoehn defeated the No. 1 seed team of Van Nostrand and Farzanegan 4-6, 6-2 and 10-6.
On Jan. 16-17, the Tennis Series third event will feature eight world-class women’s tennis players over the age of 21, including Sunitha Rao, Tiffany Dabek, Whitney Biles, Jackie Bohannon, Tigue Malisoff and Marina McCollom. Matches will begin at 9:30 a.m. both days at the Lakewood Ranch Athletic Center.
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Members and guests of the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club ventured Dec. 4 to Orlando, to view holiday decorations at the Grand Floridian and to have lunch at Downtown Disney.
The Play Readers of the Asolo Repertory Theatre Guild were in fine form as they entertained at the Art Association of Palm-Aire’s opening winter luncheon with “Fractured Fairy Tales.”
Catapulting into first place
Seven Manatee County elementary schools competed in the countywide Technology Student Association catapult competition Nov. 16, at Southeast High School. Students built the catapults on-site.