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Wednesday, July 7, 2004


A bit of breakfast at Warm Springs Tennis

Over 300 entries in Fourth tournament

Dodging raindrops, tennis players enjoyed last weekend’s 18th annual Warm Springs Open tennis tournament and came out in large numbers—nearly cracking 300 entries for the four-day tournament.

Ryan Drew (left, background) and partner Mark Scribner en route to a 6-3, 6-1 Open men’s doubles semi-final decision over George Maurtua and Johan Gedlitschka Sunday at Warm Springs Tennis Club. Express photo by Willy Cook

Tournament director Mark Scribner called it the biggest local tourney in two decades.

Thankfully for organizers, Saturday’s rain didn’t raise havoc with the brackets because they were using courts at Warm Springs, Sun Valley Tennis and Atkinson Park—and because weather cleared for Sunday and Monday.

Big winners were a pair of out-of-town players, John Hieb of Twin Falls and Deidre Gedlitschka of Boise.

Hieb carried away the 5.0 and 4.5 men’s singles titles, and teamed up with Eric MacMillan of Twin Falls for the 4.5 men’s doubles championship.

Gedlitschka, mother of a four-year-old and an infant, made it a clean sweep by winning the Open women’s singles title in straight-set fashion, then adding the 4.5/5.0 women’s doubles and Open mixed doubles championships.

Former Boise State University player Gedlitschka partnered with Vicky Johnston of Hailey for the women’s doubles honor. It was the first time they had played together since they were teammates at BSU, where Johnston played college tennis from 1988-92.

George Maurtua (foreground) and Johan Gedlitschka in Open’s men’s doubles action. Express photo by Willy Cook

And, in Open mixed doubles, Gedlitschka and her husband, Meridian tennis pro Johan Gedlitschka, combined for a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Mark Scribner and former Gonzaga University tennis player Katie Sanders.

On a weekend when a 17-year-old Russian girl and a 22-year-old Swiss man won the Wimbledon women’s and men’s singles titles, a lanky Tanzanian from east Africa survived a couple of big tiebreakers and captured the Open Men’s singles crown.

Ronald Rugimbana, 27, a Boise State University tennis player from 1998-2000, downed Meridian tennis pro Johan Gedlitschka 7-6 (3), 6-2 in Monday’s final—after Rugimbana turned back former Stanford player Robert Devens 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-2 in an exciting semi-final match Sunday.

A professional for two years, Rugimbana is hopeful of improving his world rank in singles and doubles.

Successfully defending their Warm Springs holiday titles were Jodi Peterson of Boise in women’s 4.0 singles, Morgan Shephard and Pete Peterson of Boise in Men’s Open doubles, Phil Ellis of Jerome and Dean Rutherford of Hailey in men’s 4.0 doubles, and Jack Alkire and Karen Heerensperger of Seattle in mixed 4.0 doubles.

Next up at Warm Springs Tennis Club, with a similar non-sanctioned format, is the 2004 Labor Day tournament Sept. 3-6. All entries must be received by Monday, Aug. 30.

The four-day holiday tournament is sponsored by Chandlers and Baci restaurants, Atkinsons’ and Warm Springs Tennis Club.

Here are top results from last weekend’s holiday tournament:



Men’s Open final—Top-seeded Ronald Rugimbana of Boise 7-6 (3), 6-2 over #2-seeded Johan Gedlitschka of Boise.

Semi-finals: Rugimbana was a 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-2 winner over former Stanford University tennis player Robert Devens—in a match that could have gone either way; and Gedlitschka prevailed 6-4, 6-3 over David Perry.

Earlier in the draw, Perry knocked off #4-seeded Pete Peterson 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 and Devens upset #3 Morgan Shephard, last year’s Men’s Open singles runner-up, by scores of 6-3, 6-4 in the opening round (14 players).


Men’s 5.0 final—John Hieb of Twin Falls dethroned last year’s men’s 5.0 singles winner and #2-seeded Robert Sterk of Boise 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Semi-finals: Hieb advanced 6-2, 7-5 over #1-seeded George Maurtua and Sterk emerged as a 6-4, 6-1 winner over Tyler Martin (5 players).


Men’s 4.5 final—John Hieb of Twin Falls won yet another class, 6-3, 6-3 over Eric MacMillan of Twin Falls.

Semi-finals: Hieb defeated Eric Thornfeldt 6-1, 6-2, and last year’s Men’s 4.0 singles winner MacMillan got past Tom Iselin of Ketchum 6-3, 6-4 (17 players).


Men’s 4.0 final—Top-seeded Phil Ellis of Jerome breezed 6-3, 6-4 over #4-seeded John Perry of Boise.

Semi-finals: Both finalists made short work of their semi-final opponents—Ellis ousting Brent Bungard 6-3, 7-6 (3) and Perry volleying past #2-seeded David Taylor 6-3, 6-4 (16 players).


Men’s 3.5 final—Unseeded John Rumasuglia of Los Gatos, Ca. knocked off #1-seeded Ira Shepard of Sun Valley 6-0, 6-2.

Semi-finals: Rumasuglia was a 6-2, 6-0 winner over Lee Gurney and Shepard advanced in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 over Karl Fostvedt (11 players).


Women’s Open final—Top-seeded Deidre Gedlitschka of Boise won three matches in straight sets including her 6-1, 6-0 championship match triumph over Katie Sanders of Ketchum, a former Wood River High School singles star.

Semi-finals: Gedlitschka beat Brittney Moore 6-1, 6-2 and Sanders rallied past Ana Cornea by scores of 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 (10 players).


Women’s 4.0 final—Jodi Peterson of Boise won her third consecutive Independence Day title 6-4, 6-2 over Hadley DeBree of Hailey.

Semi-finals: Peterson downed Martha Van Winkle 7-6 (7), 6-4 and DeBree breezed past Lily Fink-Debray 6-2, 6-2 (7 players).


Women’s 3.5 final—Kris Miller of Ketchum won three matches in straight sets including her 6-2, 6-0 championship cruise over Kira Gardner of Ketchum (12 players).

Semi-finals: Miller won 6-3, 6-2 over Irene Asher and Gardner defeated Karen Strahler 6-3, 5-7 (def).


Women’s 3.0 finalRhonda Jaffe of Idaho Falls defeated Sheryl Nelson of Boise 6-1, 6-3 (5 players).




Men’s Open finalMorgan Shephard and Pete Peterson of Boise successfully defended their title 6-1, 7-5 over Mark Scribner and Ryan Drew of Hailey. Drew plays tennis for the University of Redlands.

Semi-finals: Shephard and Peterson outlasted David Perry and Tyler Neill 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-3 while Scribner and Drew won their second consecutive match in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 over George Maurtua and Johan Gedlitschka (7 teams).


Men’s 4.5 finalEric MacMillan and John Hieb of Twin Falls needed only two sets to oust Nick Jordan and Michael Frisbee of Boise 6-2, 7-6 (6).

Semi-finals: Jordan and Frisbee rallied past Mark Pynn and Josh Charlat of Ketchum 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 (8 teams).


Men’s 4.0 finalPhil Ellis of Jerome made it three straight Men’s 4.0 doubles championships, teaming with Dean Rutherford of Hailey for the second year and taking a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Vince Falco of Ketchum and T.J. Merzlock of Pocatello.

Semi-finals: Ellis and Rutherford won 6-3, 6-2 over L.R. Williams and Greg Hines, while Falco and Merzlock had a tougher time but prevailed 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 over the veteran team of King Lambert and Ed Kauder (9 teams).


Men’s 3.5 finalLloyd Gurney of Hailey and Harmon Prine of Lima, Mont. persevered and grabbed the holiday title 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-3 over Ira Shepard of Sun Valley and Dick Geier of Boise.

Semi-finals: Gurney and Prine 6-3, 6-1 over Zach Broyles and Lee Gurney; Shepard and Geier 6-0, 6-3 over Craig Watson and Karl Fostvedt (8 teams).


Women’s 4.5/5.0 finalDeidre Gedlitschka of Boise and Vicky Johnston of Hailey were 6-3, 6-2 winners over Hadley DeBree of Hailey and Brittney Moore of Boise.

Semi-finals: Gedlitschka and Johnston 6-0, 6-0 over Anna Erdheim and Michelle Sabina; DeBree and Moore 2-6, 7-6, 7-5 over Sandy Martin and Erin Hart (8 teams).


Women’s 4.0 finalKaren Heerensperger of Seattle and Jodi Peterson of Boise captured the championship 6-1, 6-4 over Pam Dennis and Joanne Frohman of Boise.

Semi-finals: Heerensperger and Peterson advanced past Chiyo Parten and Juli Webb 6-4, 7-6 (1), while Dennis and Frohman emerged as winners 6-1, 6-3 over Dee Rickling and Shari Wiseman (11 teams).


Women’s 3.5 finalSonya Wilander and Kris Miller of Ketchum teamed up for a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 triumph over Dee Rickling of Hailey and Shari Wiseman of Walnut Creek, Ca.

Semi-finals: Wilander and Miller needed three sets to sideline Gretchen Palmer and Cyndi DuFur 6-1, 0-6, 6-3, while Rickling and Wiseman were 6-4, 6-2 winners over Vanessa Olmstead and Michelle Harris (9 teams).


Mixed Open doubles finalJohan Gedlitschka and Deidre Gedlitschka of Boise posted a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Mark Scribner of Hailey and Katie Sanders of Ketchum.

Semi-finals: The Gedlitschkas defeated Tyler Neill and Ana Cornea 6-2, 6-0, while Scribner and Sanders volleyed past George Maurtua and Erin Hart (7 teams).


Mixed 4.5/5.0 finalAndy Hunt and Carla Jones of Boise rallied strongly for a 3-6, 6-0, 6-0 victory over Nick Jordan of San Francisco and Bea Jordan of Boise.

Semi-finals: Hunt and Jones were 6-4, 7-5 winners over Patrick Brennan and Ashley Lakey; the Jordans advanced 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 over Tyler Martin and Mandy Alexander (4 teams).


Mixed 4.0 finalTwo-time defending champions Jack Alkire and Karen Heerensperger of Seattle kept the 4.0 mixed crown 6-3, 6-2 over Todd Czaplicki and Amanda Howar of Twin Falls.

Semi-finals:: Alkire and Heerensperger won 6-2, 6-1 over Rex Chandler and Chiyo Parten; while Czaplicki and Howar ousted Bob Dougin and Hadley DeBree (12 teams).


Mixed 3.5 finalJamie Lee and Kim Lee of Twin Falls cruised 6-0, 6-2 over Lloyd and Nancy Gurney of Hailey.

Semi-finals: the Lees beat Ron Smith and Pamela Sue Martin 6-4, 6-2; while the Gurneys won three matches in straight sets including their 7-6, 6-3 semi victory over Bing Gordon and Allegra Gordon (14 teams).


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