Natchez seniors take first place in tennis tournament

Published 12:05 am Monday, October 27, 2014

NATCHEZ Sunday morning proved to be a good one for both the Natchez team and the Jackson Tennis South team at the fourth annual Henry Harris Tennis Classic hosted at Duncan Park.

Natchez took the first-place trophy in the senior men’s division by winning all three of its matches over the team from Memphis, Tenn.

First, Kenneth Spearman and Rick Shields defeated Rodney Stennis and “Tree” Daily, 6-1, 6-2.

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“We really played well. It was some tough competition. It’s a good win,” Spearman said. “(Rick) played very well. It’s a fun tournament to be in. We’ll be back next year.”

Terry Johnson and Vincent “Bull” Washington got past S.B. Buck and Alvin Wimberly in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.

“The key to the match was we kept Buck off the net. We kept him on the baseline. He only got to the net about 10 percent. Overall, it was a good match,” Johnson said. “It was a good social event to build friendship and play some good tennis. I’ll be back next year.”

Just after that match was over, Dwain Perkins Sr. and William Argue was wrapping up their match against J.T. Harris and Birlette Jelks. Perkins and Argue cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory.

“It was fun. It’s for a good cause. Competitive sportsmanship. It keeps tennis alive,” Argue said.

“We played well. The better team won,” Jelks said. “I enjoy any activities that Henry sponsors or puts on.”

There was also a couple of mixed doubles matches that took place on Sunday morning. After those were done, Jackson Tennis South won first place in both the Mixed Doubles 5.0 and 6.0 divisions.

In the Men’s Doubles 7.5 division, the Jackson Battlefield team of Dickey Caston, Bart Mayfield, James Lowe, David Cohron, William Hawkins and Tim Bennett finished in first place after winning six matches during tournament play.

The Natchez team of Argue, Perkins, Mike Sanders, Joe Tucker, Keith Holmes, Darian Yates, Rashad Smith, Shawn Thompson came in second place by winning four matches.

“It was a good turnout,” Henry Harris Tennis Classic Committee President Vincent Bonds said. “We would like to thank our sponsors: Magnolia Bluffs Casino, Bluff City Distributing, United Mississippi Bank, Kentucky Fried Chicken, City of Natchez Parks and Recreation, and Community Coffee.”

Tournament chairman Henry Harris said that starting next year, there will be an overall champion trophy for the team that finishes with the most total points.