Tennis: Scheevel, Fitzpatrick win singles titles at Rockin Rogers tournament

Florian Keller and 10-year-old Logan Coulliard were photographed by tournament co-chairperson Debbie Conley after their men’s “A” singles final.


Nick Scheevel and Samantha Fitzpatrick earned top honors in the first Rockin’ Rogers tennis tournament held Friday through Sunday, June 21-23.

“This is our first tournament and it will be annual during Rockin Rogers days,” said Debbie Conley, Rogers girls tennis head coach and tournament organizer along with Scheevel and Mike Sporer. “We had about 50 entrants. We offered Open and A levels.”

Sarah Fitzpatrick

Scheevel, the Royal boys head coach, beat Layne Otterson in the men’s open finals 6-3, 6-2.

Nick Scheevel

Fitzpatrick, who played No. 4 singles on Rogers’ conference champion team as a seventh-grader last fall, won open women’s singles, beating Julia Sporer of Rogers 6-2, 6-2 in the finals.

Winning mixed doubles were Michaela Schultz and Dell Bauers of Elk River, defeating Nick and Lisa Scheevel of Rogers in the finals 6-3, 6-1.

Florian Keller of Elk River won men’s “A” singles, defeating Logan Coulliard of Minneapolis in the finals 6-0, 6-2. (See below)

Otteson and Chris Allison won men’s open doubles, beating Baurs and Mike Hayes in the finals 6-2, 3-6, 10-4 in the finals.
Men’s “A” doubles was won by Kent Noble and his grandson Ryan Puetz. They won three matches in a round robin format.

Winning “A” mixed doubles were Robb Small and Rachel Dodd of Rogers, defeating Julie Sporer and Derek Smith of Rogers in the finals 6-4 6-3.

Kent Noble and his grandson Ryan Puetz won a doubles title. (Photo by Debbie Conley)

Odd couple in finals

As sometimes happens in small local tournaments like this, there was an odd pairing in the men’s “A” singles final with fiftysomething (that’s a guess) Florian Keller taking on 10-year-old Coulliard.

Keller, who is active in local musical theatre, has a sporting side, too. He describes himself as “addicted” to tennis and was pleased to finally have a chance to get a mention in the sports section.

Keller was a bit in awe of his left-handed, pint-sized opponent.

“Logan is a new metro area tennis phenom. He’s 10 years old, having just finished fifth grade! He beat two grown men before running into me in the finals. LoganĀ  already plays the Boys-12 circuit in the metro frequently. He has incredible shots and good movement. We should hear from him a lot in the future.”