Thursday, July 10, 2003

1st round of Met tennis washed out at Lunken


Digest

Enquirer staff, wire services

Rain spoiled the start of the 60th annual Thomas E. Price Cincinnati Metropolitan Tennis Championship at Lunken Playfield Wednesday night, causing 22 first-round men's singles matches to be moved to Friday.

The tournament runs until July 20 and has a built-in "rain day" for inclement weather.

"It's disappointing," said tournament director Karen Montavon, who called off the matches 45 minutes after the rain began. "But having 12 straight days of great weather in the middle of July is unheard-of."

Tonight's schedule remains the same, with a slate of 23 men's singles matches beginning at 6 p.m. The rained-out matches move to Friday (at their original times), pushing 16 matches of seeded men's singles players to Saturday.

Doubles still will be played Saturday. The doubles draw was Wednesday, and teams can call the Carl and Edyth Lindner Family Tennis Center at (513) 321-1772 today for times.

Shannon Russell

High schools

COACHING MOVE: Mark Sullivan, who has coached two state championship swimming teams, is leaving Sycamore High School to become coach at Mason.

"I'm a resident of Mason, my kids go to school in the district, and they just built a new aquatic facility that is state-of-the-art," Sullivan said. "I think it's just a neat challenge."

Sullivan, 44, coached the 1984 St. Xavier state champions and 1992 Sycamore girls state champions. He was at St. X for five years, and for the past 15 years he coached the boys and girls teams at Sycamore. The Sycamore girls have won 14 consecutive Greater Miami Conference titles, and the boys won 11 of the past 14 GMC championships, including last season's.

Tom Groeschen

Youth sports

ROWING: The national champion Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club boys team, composed of Greater Cincinnati high school students, won two regattas and competed in the Henley Royal Regatta during its recent tour of England.

The team won the Reading Amateur Regatta and the Marlow Regatta and advanced to the final 16 of the Henley Royal Regatta last weekend. The top boat included Chris McConnell, Aaron Kolb, Mark Luff, Gordon Erndt, Philip Smith, Mike Kleimeyer and coxswain Brad Reis (all St. Xavier); Greg Van Lear (Turpin) and Reed Edmiston (Beechwood). Their coach is Todd Jesdale.

VOLLEYBALL: Cincinnati-based Mizuno Classics Cincy Red won the USA Girls Junior Olympic Volleyball national title in the 16 club division last week in Atlanta.

Jamie Torok (McAuley High School) was named tournament MVP. Other all-tournament selections included Natalie Forbes (Highlands) and Melissa Zenz (Ursuline). The team is coached by Kelly Daniel.

Hockey

DUCKS: The American Hockey League unveiled new conference and division alignments and announced the Calder Cup playoff format for the 2003-04 season.

The AHL has returned to a four-division, two-conference setup, with seven teams in each division. The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks will compete in the West Division of the Western Conference.

The top five teams in each division will qualify for the Calder Cup playoffs.

In each division, the fourth-place team will face the fifth-place team in a best-of-three qualifying round. Subsequent rounds will be best-of-seven. In the division semifinals, the first-place team will face the qualifying winner and the second-place team will face the third-place team from each division.




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