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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Former Leavenworth player highlights Labor Day tennis tournament

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  • Former Leavenworth High School tennis player, Jesse Sherer, won his second Labor Day Men's Open title in a row, sixth overall Labor Day title and three championships overall. Sherer defeated former high school teammate Bobby Miller, 6-0, 6-1, in the finals. In Men's Open doubles, Sherer teamed up with Todd Chapple, a teaching pro out of Topeka, Kan., and they defeated Blake Thorne and David Pendleton out of St. Joseph, Mo., 6-0, 6-1. Sherer and Chapple defeated Alan Crute, of Leavenworth, and Scott Enge, of Olathe, Kan., 7-5, 6-4, in the semifinal. Sherer's highlight of the day was in the father-son division when Sherer and his 10-year-old son, Alex, defeated Ted and Dominic Fabiano of Olathe, Kan., 2-6, 6-4, 11-9. Ted Fabiano is the high school coach at Blue Valley Northwest and his son Dominic has been a two-time class 6A state qualifier. Besides Leavenworth, Fort Leavenworth and Lansing, there were players from Topeka, Kan., Lawrence, Kan., Olathe, Kan., Overland Park, Kan., Kansas City, Mo., St. Joseph, Mo., and Marshall, Mo. The Women's open division had five entries. The round robin format was used to determine the champion. Ann Broxterman, of Topeka, Kan., was the overall champion, Meagan Brucker got second, and Sun Baker, Cheyenne English and Megan Warner tied for third. Other local champions were Katie Rathjen, of Lansing, in girls singles; Joe Lorenzen in boys singles; George Morton and Jim Richter, of Leavenworth, in men's 35 doubles; Donna Brown and Sun Baker, of Leavenworth, in women's doubles; Sydnie Lundy and Meagan Brucker, of Fort Leavenworth, in girls doubles; and James Cha and Phillip Hernandez, of Leavenworth, in boys doubles. There were about 120 entries in 13 divisions. There were two rain delays on both days of the tournament.

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