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Federal Way senior tennis team qualifies for sectional tourney

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

Federal Way will be represented at the 2007 United States Tennis Association’s League Tennis Pacific Northwest Senior Sectional Championships this weekend in Sunriver, Ore.

The Senior Men’s 3.5 tennis team from Bally’s Tennis in Federal Way will be playing Thursday through Sunday.

The Bally Tennis Federal Way team, captained by Donald Brennan, will join over 60 teams and 350 play-ers that will compete in the Section Championships. The tournament will feature the best senior tennis teams from throughout Oregon and Washington. The teams, which represent various tennis clubs and facilities, have finished at the top of their local leagues and will now play for a United States Tennis Association Pacific Northwest (USTA/PNW) Section title. The Federal Way team also includes Ed Fuentes, King Yee, Don Branson, Dallas Johnson, Bill Parretta, Ron Linebarger, Viswanath Kumar, Michael Klock and Terry Wright.

The 2007 USTA League Tennis Pacific Northwest Senior Section Championships features teams of players who must be 50 years old or over, who are grouped into three different ability levels. Play consists of the best-of-three doubles matches with the outcome decided by team scoring.

In addition to the Senior Section Championships, the USTA/PNW will hold a Super Senior League Championship June 24-26 in Sunriver. Super Senior League players must be age 60 or over.

Established in 1980, USTA League Tennis has grown from 13,000 participants in its first year to over 585,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis league. Chrysler is in its second year as the presenting sponsor and official vehicle of the USTA League Tennis program.

• A total of 73 junior golfers from the Seattle area turned out at Jefferson Park Golf Course Saturday to test their golf skills at the Mutual of Omaha Drive, Chip & Putt Local Championship, presented by the Golf Channel.

Federal Way’s Emily Victor finished in third place in the 13-14-year-old division. Victor, 14, was the lone girl in the top three in her division.

A free competition for juniors between the ages of 7-14, prizes were awarded in each of four age groups — one to each of the top five in driving, chipping and putting — as well as the top three rankings for the best combined overall performance. Winning participants from the regional championship will advance to the Mutual of Omaha Drive, Chip & Putt National Championships in Orlando, Fla., in September.

This year, the program will visit 85 cities throughout North America and will culminate with the Mutual of Omaha Drive, Chip & Putt National Championships in September.

• Donny McConnaughey, a 2007 graduate of Federal Way High School, has committed to attend Feather River Community College in Quincy, Calif. He will play quarterback for the football team and pitch and play outfield for the baseball team. McConnaughey was a three-year starter on the Eagles football and baseball teams. He was named All-South Puget Sound League North Division in both sports as a senior.

The Feather River football program is in its sixth season and was 6-5 last season.

The team played in the Capital Shrine Bowl against Sacramento City College. The baseball program went 34-11-1 this spring and played in the state junior college playoffs each of the past seven years.

• Decatur High School graduate Shaun Helm was named a team captain for the 2007-08 Eastern Washington University men’s track and field team. Helm will be a senior and is a distance runner for the Eagles.

• Former Seattle guard Slick Watts will host a Sonics Legend Basketball Camp for boys and girls ages 8 to 14 at Rogers High School in Puyallup July 24-26. The fee of $112 includes a Sonics basketball. Pre-register with Pierce County Parks and Recreation by calling (253) 798-4177.

• Todd Beamer High School is hosting a girls basketball camp for girls in third through eighth grade. The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 25-29 at Todd Beamer High School.

The cost of the camp is $60 per person and includes a T-shirt. For more information, contact Beamer head coach Tiffany Rutter at trutter@fwps.org or assistant coach Heather Sugg at suggfamily6@msn.com.

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