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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Latino Festival

Southwest County tennis players seek championship

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Esperanza Forero of Bedford, Alex Torres of Southwest Roanoke County, Cymber Torres of Southwest Roanoke County and Flash the Dog were among those who attended the Latino Festival in Elmwood Park in Roanoke on Oct. 12. See more photos of county residents on swo-co.com.

Southwest County tennis players seek championship

Roanoke's own tennis team is to compete at the nation's largest recreational tennis championship on Oct. 24-26 in Indian Wells, Calif.

The team includes six women from Southwest Roanoke County.

The team will join recreational teams from around the country as members compete for a national title at the USTA League presented by Chrysler 3.5 Senior Woman's National Championships. Held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the tournament will crown the National Champion team in the country at the 3.4 senior woman's level.

Representing the USTA's Mid Atlantic Section are Lynn Helgeson, Chieko Sakaguchi, Sandra Jetton, Mary Ann McAden, Candi Heath and Lynn Grimes, all from Southwest Roanoke County. Other members of the team are are Judy Saul, Anna Fowler and Karen Cronin.

The USTA League program celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2005. Established in 1980, it has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 665,000 players across the nation today, making it the world's largest recreational tennis league.

Information submitted by the United States Tennis Association

WVTF Book Club meets Oct. 27

The WVTF Book Club meets Monday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at the WVTF Broadcast Center, 3520 Kingsbury Circle, just up the hill from Red Lobster. The group will be discussing "The French Lieutenant's Woman" by John Fowles, a popular novel that was made into an equally popular film. All are welcome.

For more information, call WVTF at 989-8900.

Golf winners

The overall winner of the Roanoke Valley Senior Golf Tour’s October tournament held on Oct. 7 at Pete Dye’s River Course was Bryan Knepper of Southwest Roanoke County, who had a net score of 63.

Playing in Division 1, Knepper also picked up the low gross score with a 74. Finishing in second place in Division 1 was Ken Gross with a net score of 65. Third place was decided on matching score cards with Steve Stutsman netting a 68 over fourth place Woody Deans. Fifth place went to Glenn Austin with a 69 after matching score cards over Doug Leffel, Skip Mitchell and Sherwood Woodford.

In Division 2, First place honors went to Tommy Firebaugh of Bonsack who had a net score of 66. Firebaugh also won low gross honors with a 84. Second place went to William Cox with a net 67. Third place was Dennis Henry, net 68, while fourth place went to Ed Arrington, who had a net 69 which was decided by matching score cards over fifth place Gary Purdy and Jim Lyons.

Submitted by: Tommy Firebaugh

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