---- — The Best Buddies NH Tennis Challenge, held in Derry, Londonderry, Hooksett and Manchester July 26-29, was a smash.
High school students took the lead and spent months organizing, soliciting donations ans promoting the event.
Best Buddies is an international organization founded by Anthony Shriver, dedicated to establishing opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Best Buddies in New Hampshire has college and high school chapters, which are working to establish a New Hampshire state office in order to help expand programs to better serve communities. Visit bestbuddies.org/newhampshire to find our more or get involved.
Below are the tournament winners.
Men’s Doubles: Semifinals, Andy Day and Tomas Gonzalez vs. Tony Cortese and McKinley Grimes, winner: Day/Gonzalez (8-6); Skip Burbine and Alex Burbine vs. Dan Watson and Ephraim Lin, winner: Burbine/Burbine (8-5); Finals, Andy Day and Tomas Gonzalex vs. Skip Burbine and Alex Burbine, winner: Day/Gonzalez (6-3) (6-7) (10-4).
Men’s Consolation Doubles: Semifinals, Luke Croteau and Connor Western vs. Sam Gould and Mike Ricciardi, winner: Gould/Ricciardi (8-5); Rick DePasquale and John Lombardi vs. Tom Meighan and Greg Meighan, winner: Meighan/Meighan (9-7); Finals: Sam Gould and Mike Ricciardi vs. Tom Meighan and Greg Meighan, winner: Gould/Ricciardi (7-6) (4-6) (7-5).
Men’s Singles: Semifinals, Alex Burbine vs. Collin Stone, winner: Alex Burbine (8-4); Andy Day vs. Matt McKinney, winner: Andy Day (8-4); Finals, Alex Burbine vs. Andy Day, winner: Alex Burbine (6-0, 6-2).
Men’s Consolation Singles: Semifinals, Jeff Towne vs. Mike Rubin, winner: Jeff Towne (8-2); Rafael Muchon vs. Patrick Maryea, winner: Maryea (9-8); Finals: Towne vs. Maryea, winner: Towne (6-1) (6-1).
Women’s Doubles: Semifinals, Julie Neverman and Cathy Wilson vs. Cassie Burbine and Bethany Huard, winner: Neverman/Wilson; Semifinals, Amanda DePasquale and Brenda Lockwood vs. Alexandra McKinney and Amanda Woodgate, winner: McKinney/Woodgate (8-0); Finals: Neverman/Wilson vs. McKinney/Woodgate (6-4) (5-7) (10-8).
Consolation Women’s Doubles: Semifinals, Patrice Burbine and Suzanne Aguilar vs. Barbara Schult and Diane Taschereau, winner: Burbine/Aguilar (8-6); Stephanie Phelps and Lisa O’Brien vs. Casey Gilman and Meghan Cokely, winner: Gilman/Cokely (8-2); Finals: Burbine/Aguilar vs. Gilman/Cokely, winner: Gilman/Cokely (6-0) (6-4).
Mixed Doubles: Semifinals, Skip Burbine and Cassie Burbine vs. Tony Cortese and Sue Fuller, winner: Burbine/Burbine (9-8); Semifinals, Colin Stone and Natasha Hesse vs. Than Moore and Brittany Potter, winner: Stone/Hesse (8-0); Finals: Burbine/Burbine vs. Stone/Hesse, Winner: Burbine/Burbine (7-6) (6-3).
Consolation Mixed Doubles: Semifinals, Ephraim Lin and Cathy Wilson vs. Ken Gould and Suzanne Aguilar, winner: Lin/Wilson (8-2); Semifinals, Brian Hashem and Diane Hashem vs. Dan Watson and Julie Neverman, Winner: Watson/Neverman; Finals: Lin/Wilson vs. Watson/Neverman, Winner: Watson/Neverman (6-3)(6-4).
Junior Singles: Semifinals, Zack Gould vs. Ian Horne, Winner: Horne (9-8); Semifinals, Cameron Lynch vs. Josh Pifer, Winner: Lynch (8-6); Finals: Horne vs. Lynch, Winner: Horne (8-5).
Consolation Junior Singles: Semifinals, Sophie Chirichiello vs. Kasea Buckner, Winner: Buckner (8-1); Semifinals, Maylene LaPress vs. Anli Zhang, Winner: Zhang (9-7); Finals: Buckner vs. Zhang, Winner: Zhang.