Nearly 100 young tennis players descended on Riverside Park on Saturday, May 14 to compete in the season-ending Vero Beach Middle School Tennis Championship, sponsored by the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation and run by Treasure Coast Tennis Association founder Tim Palmer.
Julius Lewis of Sebastian River Middle School, guided by coach Fran Stewart, won the singles title beating Liam Powell of Master’s Academy, guided by coach Nick Streibick, in the final. In the doubles final, Alex Thiney of the split-squad “Blue” team from St. Edwards teamed with John Aimeni of Sebastian River Middle School to defeat Kadin Graves and Caleb Stewart Reid (the grandson of coach Fran Stewart) of SRMS in the final.
The season-long team championship was won by the St. Edward’s “Blue” team with an undefeated record of four wins and one tie in the six-team league.
One of the highlights of the Middle School season was the annual “Pirates Cup” played between the split “Blue” and “Silver” teams on May 10 at Riverside Park. After 26 individual matches in singles and doubles, Blue captured the trophy by a razor-thin margin of 13½-12½, with one singles match declared a tie.
Blue players competing in the Pirate’s Cup were Mia Fernandez, Khlieo Perez, Mia Maldonado, Alex Thiney, Theodore Reicher, Ellie Simpson, Jackson Colontrelle, Nahlia Hebig, Diego Leal, Isabella Peter, Bebe Busch-Dunford, Jacqueline Perrin, Ivy Engel, Rosalie Miller, Katherine Dingus, Alexandra Perrin and Elexia Watson. Silver players competing were Daniel Clemente, Valentina Henriquez, Rory Barton, Alex Mira,
Liam Dyer, Olivia Stovall, Matthew Stern, Isabella Giasi, Reid Durham, Jenessa Kendall, Halle Grella, Dean Sincavage, Matthew Barrett, Eric Lin, Charlie Cappelen, Freddie Alcalay and Piper McCollom.
The Vero Beach Middle School tennis season was made possible with the help of a grant from the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation.