A few years ago we made a prediction that the future of platform tennis looked bright. Following this year's Junior Nationals we realize that it is not just bright, it is absolutely brilliant! For the second year in a row we saw an increase in the number of participants, with a record 256 juniors entered in the tournament this year. The level of play is high and the level of sportsmanship just as high. These kids really get it!
After check-in, lunch and a group photo, the various age groups dispersed to sites around the area for round robin play. Top finishers from these round robins advanced to bracket play to determine who would compete for the medals.
Congratulations to National Champions and gold medalists: Chris Kelley & Hallet Nichol (18 & Under) and Stephanie Brown & Christie Pollin (Girls 18 & Under) who were each repeat champions this year; former 12 & Under Champs Tyler Kratky & CJ Purse (14 & Under) and Corey Delaney & Nicki Ross (Girls 14 & Under); Gardner Tregellas & Will Burger (12 & Under) and Jamie Jones & Stephanie Webster (Girls 12 & Under); and Liam Breen & Harry Colville (10 & Under) and Emily Simonds & Cami Adajian (Girls 10 & Under).
Silver medalists: Jay Schwab & Cole Barris, Kate Macauley & Karen Cash, Ryan Hissey & Scott Safford, Kelsey Jones & Samantha Webster, Dan Adajian & Peter Simonds, Hannah Kratky & Isabel Lee, Bobby Clarke & Robbie Gavigan and Kendall Codey & Jessica Millar.
Financial help from Viking Athletics, the APTA, New Jersey Women's Platform Tennis League and an anonymous supporter help to keep the entry fees low and the quality high for this tournament.
Thanks once again to Patty Hogan and Kendall Osbourne (Tournament Directors), Patrick Clark, Colin Siracuse and Andrew Beacham (Special Assistants), and all the other volunteers who made this day special for our junior players.
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By the numbers:
3 dozen volunteers
8 championship teams
256 junior players
2807 games played in round robin competition