Recreation Brief, March 20: Local athletes earn Special Olympics tennis medals

sports@islandpacket.comMarch 20, 2013 

Thirty tennis players from Beaufort County earned medals in the 14th annual Special Olympics National Invitational Tennis Championships held last week on Hilton Head Island.

The tournament, presented by the Professional Tennis Registry, featured 165 athletes competing at the Van der Meer Tennis Center in Shipyard.

In singles, gold medals were won by local players Chris McPherson and Rochelle Watkins. Winning silver medals were Steve Cole, Suzzanne Darveau and Edgar Moreno. Bronzes went to Wallace Gamble, Rashawn Young, Meghan Witherly, Corey McCall and Robert Seignious.

These athletes also competed in traditional and Unified Partner doubles. Gold was awarded to McCall, Watkins, McPherson and Moreno. Silver medals went to Darveau, Witherly and McCall. Young, Gamble and Seignious won bronze.

In short court singles play, Lauren Concino won a gold medal; Taylor Graham, Tyrisha Young, Amani Todd and Eric Perez won silver; and Taylor Taber and Kayanna Simmons won bronze. They also participated in the doubles round. Gold medals were awarded to Taber, Concino, Todd and Simmons. Silver went to Perez, and bronzes were won by Tyrisha Young and Graham.

Area athletes also competed in individual skills events earning points in nine categories. The golds went to Laura Garcia, Marcus Smith and John Baker. Lindsay Person won a silver.

Taylor Taber of Bluffton won the Outstanding Sportsmanship Award.

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