CLARKS SUMMIT — Former Wilkes University athlete Cesar Leon defended his Men’s A Singles title in the Lackawanna County Open Tennis Tournament, July 17-19, at the Scranton Tennis Club with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Scott Zanon from Drums. In the semifinals, Leon knocked out Scranton Prep’s Tarquin McGurrin, of Clarks Summit, 6-1, 6-1, while Zanon outlasted Tarquin’s teammate, Tony Kutz, of Clarks Summit, 7-6, 6-3, in the other semifinal.
Emily Jonsson, of Clarks Summit, a finalist last year, defeated Nastashia DeNunzio, 6-4, 6-3, for the Women’s A Singles crown. The two girls are number one singles players for their high school teams, Jonsson for Scranton Prep and DeNunzio for Dunmore. In the semifinals, Jonsson defeated Sondra Lionetti, 6-0, 6-2, while DeNunzio knocked off second-seeded Cierra Beck, an Abington Heights graduate, 6-4, 6-4.
In the Men’s B Singles final, Keegan Sobczak downed Ben Strickland, 6-3, 6-0. To reach the final, Sobczak overcame a challenge from Robert Do, winning 7-6 (3), 1-6, (10-5). Strickland eliminated Erik Rinkunas, 6-2, 6-1.
In the Men’s A Doubles final, unseeded Meade and Josh Palmer, an Abington Heights graduate, defeated the second-seeded team of John Weiss and Curt Althouse, 6-3, 6-0. In the semifinals, the Palmers’ outlasted local high school players, Joey Ferretti, of Valley View, and Kutz, winning 7-6, 1-6, (10-3), while Weiss-Althouse won by default at 2-0 in the first set when Rob Farrell and Bill Sender were unable to continue because of heat exhaustion.
Denise Marcos and Connie Weiss captured the Women’s A Doubles crown with a 5-7, 6-3, (10-8) win over Nidia Marchese and Kay Dugas. Marchese and Dugas advanced to the finals with a 6-7, 7-6, (10-5) win over Lauren Carroll and Nastashia DeNunzio. In the other semifinal, Weiss and Marcos upset the top-seeded team of Marion Reese and Kathleen McKenna, 6-0, 7-5.
The Men’s B Doubles final was rescheduled for a later date due to the illness of the wife of one of the finalists. It will pit the team of Strickland and Do against Jim Halbert and Fred Kitchen. Strickland and Do, Scranton High School teammates, were victorious over Brendan Braatz and Sobczak, 6-2, 6-1 in one semifinal, while Halbert and Kitchen held off Seth Kornfeld and Michael Bender, 6-4, 1-6, (10-2).