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Lovejoy & Shea Wring Out Victory
In the Connnecticut Classic Men's Paddle Tournament, held Sunday, November15 in West Hartford, CT Drew Broderick & Mike Stulac defeated Jerry Albrikes & Johdn DuRandt to claim the title.
Even the remnants of Hurricane Ida couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the 40 hardy competitors who played in the Connecticut Women’s Classic. The weather was a bit of a tease with the rain diminishing for a time but always coming back with a vengeance. Fortunately, the competitors all seemed to bring enough changes of clothing so that at least for a few minutes they could be dry.
The hut was filled with lots of laughter and a few tears as memories of Winnie Hatch were exchanged. Winnie’s sister, Courtia Worth, who chaired the event, brought one of Winnie’s national medals and a few pictures to honor the late champion.
The semi finals pitted Philadelphians Laurie Hissey and Cooey Burkhart (who got the prize for the furthest distance traveled) against the #1 seeds Cynthia Dardis and Amy Shay. Dardis and Shay prevailed in three sets. The other semi-final saw local Sheri Shea and Susan Lovejoy defeat Long Islanders Liz Jaffe and Lisa Rudloff. The final was a tough see-saw battle played under on again, off again rain. Susan Lovejoy and Sheri Shea defeated the #1 seeds in a great 3 set match.
Main Draw: Lovejoy-Shea def. Dardis-Shay 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Consolation: Layton-Bowers def. Bloom-Redden 7-6, 6-1
Cons. Reprieve: Johnson-Nero def. Cannon-Colvard 06, 6-1, 6-2
Qtr. Reprieve: Charlton-Faig def. Arden-Brzova 6-4, 6-7, 7-5