Parent-child competition caps Riverbend Open

Parent-child competition caps Riverbend Open

GODFREY – It was a family affair Thursday evening as the annual Riverbend Open tennis tournament completed its 2022 run.

The Parent-Child Division took center stage at the Alton High School tennis courts, with champions crawed in three divisions, including the Mother-Daughter competition, which saw the lone entry go unbeaten against Father-Son teams to win.

“This year, we put the division on the last day of the tournament and it worked out well,” tournament director Jesse Macias said. “We had eight teams all together and everyone got three matches. It was a fun night of tennis with some exciting matches.

“It’s a fund-raiser for Alton High tennis, but we also created it as a fun way to give back to the game.”

With just one team entered in the Mother-Daughter Division, Mary Lou and Lydia Taul went 3-0 against competitors from the Father-Son Division to claim a championship.

Macias got in on the fun himself, teaming up with daughter Hannah Macias, a former Alton High standout player, to win the Father-Daughter Division championship. They defeated Jason and Ellie Enos 8-2 to claim the title.

In the Father-Son Division, James and Victor Humphrey went 3-0 to capture the championship. They defeated Sam and Luke Boyd in the finals.

The Parent-Child competition was making its return to the tournament.

“Last year, we dropped the Parent-Child Division because all of the kids wanted to play Open, 18’s, 16’s and mixed doubles,” Jesse Macias said. “We couldn’t schedule this flight.”

The event was formerly known as the Alton/Godfrey Closed Tournament prior to changing its name last year.

On Wednesday, champions were crowned in seven other divisions.

Wednesday evening in Women’s Open play, Laura Moore and Ashton Tewell defended their title, beating Hannah Macias and current Redbirds player Lydia Taul.

In the Men’s Open Division, defending champions Matt Lehr and Zach Plocher defeated Christian Freeman and Alex Boker 8-6 to win the division title Wednesday.

In the Boys 18’s division, Marquette’s Preston Isringhausen and Joe Bragenberg defeated Xavier Carter and Luke Boyd from Alton High.

In Boys 16’s action, four Alton High Redbirds vied for the title. Parker Mayhew and Nate Bartlett defeated James McKeever and Alex Teutken 8-6.

“I was proud of all the finalists in the boys 16’s,” Macias said on Wednesday. “Parker, Nate, James and Alex put in a lot of work and I could see improvement in their game from the spring season.”

In the girls divisions, Jersey Panthers teammates Elise Noble and Tessa Crawford defeat Anna Brady and Grace Carter to win the girls 18’s. Panther teammates and sisters Libby McCormick and Emma McCormick teamed up to defeat Alton High sisters Elinore Schuler and Lily Schuler.

In Girls 15’s, Lauren Massey and Scarlett Eades defeated Finley Haynes and Ellie Enos for the championship.

In Mixed Open competition, Plocher and teammate Hannah Rybeck knocked off Lehr and teammate Stephanie Kamp from Roxana and Greenville College.

“We feel fortunate because weather was never a factor this year,” Macias said. “We played after 7:30 each night and even though we had some matches finishing about 11, everyone just enjoyed being on the everything courts.

“We appreciate everyone supporting the tournament and hope everyone comes back next year.”

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