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