Tennis: The men’s open singles semi-finals will take place on Saturday at the Bossier Tennis Center
The men’s open singles semifinals of the Louisiana Family Medicine Clinic City Championships tournament at the Bossier Tennis Center are set.
Defending champion and No. 1 seed James McMaster takes on No. 8 Lucas Richardson of Baton Rouge, and No. 3 John Gray Pou of Shreveport takes on No. 2 Jackson Hinderberger of Lake Worth, Fla. at 14. h.
In Friday night’s quarter-final matches, McMaster beat No. 7 Adam Brownlow 6-0, 6-2, Richardson won by default over No. 4 Steven Schwab, Pou beat No. 6 Kody Anderson 6-2, 6-2 and Hinderberger beat No 5 Will Street 6-0, 6-0.
Hinderberger, a former Shreveporter and high school freshman, is yet to lose a game in two matches.
The open men’s singles finals are scheduled for 1 Sunday. Admission is free for spectators.
LSUS player Angela Basto of Bogota, Colombia and Nathalia Vivas will face off Sunday 1 for the women’s open singles title. The women’s open is a round robin tournament with four players.
Several City champions have already been crowned.
Lucy and Isabella Young of Shreveport won the mother-daughter doubles. Sean Henagan of Youngsville and Darcy Henagan of Shreveport took the father-son double.
Adam and Morgan Young of Shreveport won the father-daughter doubles. Eloise and Sanders Graf of Shreveport captured the mother-son double.
James Auer of Shreveport won the mixed doubles open.
Champions remained to be crowned in 18 divisions.
On Friday night, video tributes to Lance Dreyer and Lee Hedges – the 2022 City Hall of Fame inductees – were shown on the big screen on Courts 1 and 2.
Dreyer has been part of local tennis for over 50 years.
He won the men’s open doubles titles at The City in 1979, 1980, 1985 and 1989 and was a singles runner-up in 1976.
Dreyer grew up in Monroe, graduated from Neville, and played at Centenary College in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
He has taught tennis at Tyler Swim and Tennis Club, Pierremont Indoors, Texarkana Racquet Club, Riverside Swim and Tennis Club, Bossier Racquet Club, Querbes Park, Pierremont Oaks and Southern Trace Country Club.
A tournament, Love for Lancey, was recently held in Pierremont Oaks. Money raised from registration fees and donations is used to cover Dreyer’s health care costs.
Hedges, 92, won nine girls’ and five boys’ LHSAA state tennis championships during 18 years as head coach of Captain Shreve from 1967-68 to 1984-85.
Its players have won several titles in The City’s junior and adult divisions over the years.
Hedges was first introduced to tennis when he was told he would coach the sport as well as football when he was given the head coaching job at Woodlawn in 1960.
He has been an avid gamer for 62 years now.
A member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, Hedges also helped teach tennis at the Riverside Swim and Tennis Club and at Pierremont Oaks with pros Pat Harrison and Grady Wilson.
He also competed in The City for many years in Querbes in the adult categories.
Hedges would like to thank two of his contemporaries who recently passed away, Don Greer and trainer Jimmy Orton. Both were mainstays for The City in the adult age groups.
“I want to thank everyone associated with the Louisiana Family Practice Clinic City Championships for this honor,” Hedges said. “It is an honor to be inducted with Lance Dreyer, a great player, teacher and beloved member of the tennis community for many years.”
Dreyer and Hedges are the second class of inductees into the City Hall of Fame. They join the sisters Marilyn and Carolyn Garner.