Staging the Lyle Pearson 4th of July Tennis Championships a few days before the actual holiday turned into an uptick in participation for the two-day event held June 30 and July 1 at Sun Valley Tennis Club.
The number of entries increased from 230 last year to 287 this year in the 19 different classes—and 164 players competed in the event sponsored by Atkinsons' Market, Sun Valley Resort and Lyle Pearson Motors of Boise.
"We were a little busier because of the way the holiday fell," said John Perry, who along with his brother David Perry organized the meet for nine men's classes, six women's categories and four in mixed.
Last year's runner-up Steve Marshburn of Pocatello won this year's Men's Open Singles. Men's Open Doubles winners were Anthony Hunt of Boise and Tyler Neill of Pocatello.
Although Boise-based players comprised much of the field, several Wood River Valley competitors waltzed away with first-place prizes.
Sun Valley's Peter Samway was Men's 4.5 singles champ. Julie Lynn-Wendy Cairncross of Ketchum captured Women's 3.5 doubles in split sets.
In Women's 4.0 Doubles, Trish Quarles and Amy Bailey of Boise were winners. Quarles is the wife of former Wood River High boys' basketball coach Roger Quarles.
Top results follow from the 2012 Independence Day meet. Next up is the Labor Day tennis tournament Aug. 31-Sept. 2 on the Sun Valley courts:
Men's Open championship—Steve Marshburn of Pocatello 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 over Brett Van Linge of San Luis Obispo, Ca. Marshburn had squeaked past Tyler Neill of Pocatello 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7) in the semi-finals.
Consolation final—Patrick Ryan of Boise 5-1 (retired) over Michael Banks of Nampa (16 players).
Men's 5.0 championship (round robin)—First place: Michael Kontaxis of Rancho Mirage, Ca. 6-2, 6-1 over J.E. Smith of Beverly Hills (4 players).
Men's 4.5 championship—Peter Samway of Sun Valley 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 over John Armstrong of Boise.
Samway had beaten defending champion Nick Wilson of Boise 6-4, 6-2 in the semi-finals. Earlier, Samway downed Tim Kanellitsas of Hailey 7-5, 6-3 and Soo Kang of Boise 6-1, 6-1.
Consolation final—Tim Kanellitsas 6-4, 7-5 over Dean Rutherford of Hailey. Kanellitsas captured three straight-set wins earlier in the consolation bracket (10 players).
Men's 4.0 championship—Christian Kontaxis of Rancho Mirage, Ca. 6-1, 6-1 over Jordan Watters of Winter Haven, Fla.
Consolation final—Layne Anderson of Eagle 6-0, 6-3 over Dallin Young of Twin Falls (9 players).
Men's 3.5 championship (round robin)—First place: David Taylor of Sarasota, Fla. 6-0, 6-2 over Rob Turner of Arco (3 players).
Women's 4.5 championship—First place: Jennifer Perkins of Homedale 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 over Rachel Moorhead of Boise (3 players).
Women's 4.0 championship—Nicole Deahl of Boise 6-1, 6-3 over two-time defending champion Sabina Delatorre of Coral Gables, Fla.
Consolation final—Jesica Mitchell of Boise 6-0, 6-2 over Rachel Webster of Twin Falls (6 players).
Women's 3.5 championship—Tara Wolf of Boise 6-4, 6-3 over Tamara Sterling of Boise.
Consolation final—Abbey Mayes of Eagle 6-1, 7-5 over Kelly Miller of Star (8 players).
Men's Open championship—Anthony Hunt of Boise and Tyler Neill of Pocatello 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 over Michael Banks of Nampa and Steve Marshburn of Pocatello.
Consolation final—Kenny Dodd of Nampa and Adam King of Boise 6-2, 6-1 over Raleigh Grossbaum of Ketchum and Kyle Whittaker of Boise (7 teams).
Combo Open championship (round robin)—First place: Sydney Conner and Theresa Madson of Boise. Second place: Daniel Hart of Ketchum and John Kanellitsas of Hailey (3 teams).
Men's 4.5 championship—Mike Buckingham and Kevin Conner of Boise 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 over Mike Kirby and Steven Schossberger of Boise.
Consolation final—Tim Hawkins and Patrick Ryan of Boise 6-1, 6-0 over Charlie Grabow of Ketchum and Karl Wilander of Hailey (13 teams).
Men's 4.0 championship—Alfredo Guerrero of Meridian and Eric Hartvigsen of Boise 7-5, 6-3 over Russell Moorhead and Bill Sharp of Boise.
Consolation final—Steven Eide and Kenneth Krebs of Idaho Falls 6-7, 6-0, 10-7 over Brian Champion and Lynn Coltrin of Boise (7 teams).
Men's 3.5 championship—Jeff Thompson and James Vavrek of Boise 6-2, 3-6, 10-6 over Brian Champion and Lynn Coltin of Boise.
Consolation final—Jack Daliere of Paradise Valley, Az. and Jack Kueneman of Sun Valley 6-1, 6-1 over Mark Steinberg and Bear Steinberg of Dallas, Tx. (6 teams).
Women's 4.5 championship—Jennifer Perkins of Homedale and Skylar Schossberger of Boise 6-4, 2-6, 10-3 over Dawna Buckingham and Maryann Moorhead of Boise
Consolation final—Lynda Dimick and Jami Garver of Boise default over Joyce Allgaier of Aspen, Colo. and Maya Burrell of Ketchum (6 teams).
Women's 4.0 championship—Amy Bailey and Trish Quarles of Boise 6-2, 6-3 over defending champions Darlene Miller of Star and Susan Schossberger of Boise.
Consolation final—Heather Rice of Meridian and Nicole Sirak of Garden City 6-2, 6-0 over Diana Gastanaga and Kit Herndon of Boise (10 teams).
Women's 3.5 championship—Wendy Cairncross and Julie Lynn of Ketchum 4-6, 6-4, 10-4 over Valerie Rodel of Idaho Falls and Jodi Whittaker of Boise
Consolation final—Nancy Auseklis of Sun Valley and Patti Onken of Mesa, Az. 6-4, 7-6 over Kris D'Antoni and Stephanie Krebs of Idaho Falls (6 teams).
Mixed Open championship (round robin)—First place: Dan Buckingham and Rilee Moorhead of Boise 6-1, 6-1 over Kevin Conner and Sydney Conner of Boise (4 teams).
Mixed 9.0 championship—Steven Schossberger and Skylar Schossberger of Boise 6-2, 6-3 over Mike Kirby and Gina Sharp of Boise.
Consolation final—Colby Gempler and Lynda Dimick of Boise 6-4, 6-4 over Peter Samway of Sun Valley and Heather Coulthard of Hailey (13 teams).
Mixed 8.0 championship—Brian Johnson and Ronna Parish of Boise 7-5, 6-7, 13-11 over Ben Rice and Heather Rice of Meridian.
Consolation final—Greg Knudsen and Diana Gastanaga of Boise 7-6, 6-4 over David Taylor of Sarasota, Fla. and Maya Burrell of Ketchum (14 teams).
Mixed 7.0 championship—Layne Anderson and Abbey Mayes of Eagle 6-0, 6-3 over Jeff Buckingham and Brianna Kitterman of Boise.
Consolation final winners—Jack Daliere of Paradise Valley, Az. and Lana Penrose of Henderson, Nev. 6-2, 6-1 over Jacob Sessions and Suzanna Sims of Meridian (12 teams).