Local players competed in a weekend tournament as a fundraiser for the Hannibal High School tennis teams.
The organizers of the 2017 Hannibal Open Tennis Tournament shined at their own event from Friday, July 14, through Sunday, July 16, at Huckleberry Park and Hannibal High School.
Chris Leonard defeated fellow host and former Hannibal High School coach Jay Johnson 8-3 to win first place in the men's open singles division.
Zach Willing, the top player from Quincy High School this past year, defeated Brad Curl 10–0 to win the consolation bracket.
In men’s open doubles, Quincy Racquet Club Pro Todd Willing and his son Zach defeated Bob Mitchell and Leonard 11–10 (7–4) for first place. Johnson and Seth McBride won the consolation bracket with a 10–7 victory over John Johnston and his father John.
Kendra Maples, a member of the Palmyra tennis team, defeated Calah Brown of Hannibal 10–2 in the finals of the women’s 3.5 singles division. Emilee Carleton of Hannibal won the consolation bracket by default over her high school teammate Ashlyn Nichols.
Johnston, a former member of the Hannibal tennis team, defeated Jason Nichols 11-10 (7-5) to win the finals of the men’s 3.5 singles division. McBride, also a former member of the Hannibal Pirates, defeated Mark Wavering 11–9 to win the consolation bracket.
Austin Brown defeated his Hannibal teammate Luke Boyd 10–6 to take first place in the boys 18 and under singles division.
In mixed doubles, Mitchell and his daughter Calah defeated Jason Nichols and his daughter Ashlyn 10–5 to take first place.
The tournament benefited the HHS boys and girls tennis programs. Nearly $1,000 was raised this year, primarily through donations, to help financially support both teams during the upcoming year.
The tournament directors thank Rusty Crane, a longtime supporter of Pirate tennis, for his generous donation and the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department for helping to promote this year’s event.