Recreation Briefs, Dec. 11: Bluffton tennis team qualifies for USTA nationals

sports@islandpacket.comDecember 11, 2013 


The USTA League 55 & Over/65 & Over Southern Sectional Championships were held this weekend in Columbus, Ga., and a men's doubles team from Bluffton was among the 14 tennis teams to bring home a title from the rain-soaked tournament.

The men's 55-and-over team based out of Bluffton and captained by John Brittis earned the championship in the 9.0 combined division, topping a squad from Myrtle Beach in the final.

The Bluffton team advances to the USTA League 55 & Over National Championships in Surprise, Ariz., over two weekends next April.

Rain delayed play on Friday and Saturday, and washed out Sunday competition. The 9.0 men's division was one of only three divisions during the weekend that was able to complete play. The rest of the champions were decided by drawing.


The U.S. Army Third Infantry Division-Aviation Brigade, recently back from a deployment in Afghanistan, took on the Sun City travel team in a pair of friendly softball games on Saturday in Sun City.

Sun City won the first game, 10-9. In the second game, the Third Infantry Division bats woke up early as they jumped out to a 9-0 lead by the second inning. Sun City fought back to make it a close game before losing 15-12.

Ken Abshier had five hits to lead Sun City in the two games. Dean Waters, Mike Coriale and Fitz Harding had four hits. Don Feldkamp, Bob Lee, Frank Salari and Craig Waite had three hits apiece. Dennis Jackson, Bill Wealleans and Red Kopytko each had two hits. Lou Fasano and Steve Glassman added a hit apiece.

The coach of the Third Infantry Division-Aviation Brigade team, SFC Jose Serrano, presented a special gift to the Sun City Travel team: a flag that was flown on an Air Assault mission over Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom XIII, June 1, 2013. The flag and accompanying plaque will displayed in Pinckney Hall.

The two teams are planning to play once more in January before the Sun City travel team heads to Tampa, Fla., for the ISSA Tournament of Champions on Jan. 24-25.


Hilton Head Aquatics will host the Lowcountry Developmental Swim Meet on Saturday at the Island Rec Center. Swimmers from Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Charleston will compete in their third meet in the series. More than 100 swimmers, ranging in age from 5 to 17 years old, will take part. The meet begins at 12:30 pm and is free and open to the public.

Details: For more information on the meet or trying out for the team, contact Mike Lane at


The Bluffton Fins Swim Team booster club will be holding a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Moon Mi Pizza in downtown Bluffton. Fins parents are welcome and encouraged to participate, as the team is seeking new interest and input.

Details: Contact Kathy Evans at if you plan to attend or have any questions.

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