The tournament, run by the Wilsonville High girls tennis team, included a silent auction, wine tasting and free t-shirts for all participants.

by: COREY BUCHANAN - Ron and Makaela Press preparing to hit a volley during their 3.5 mixed doubles championship match.

Though stalled by sporadic showers, the eighth annual Charbonneau/Wilsonville Tennis Tournament provided an opportunity for players to unleash their skills, Willsonville girls tennis players to raise funds and the Wilsonville community to congregate for an event defined by more than tennis.

Since the tournament’s inception, the girls tennis team has been its catalyst and main benefactor. The kids worked at check-in desks, brought food in and out of the club and went out into the community to garner donations for Saturday’s silent auction.

Because of their hard work, the team will receive a large portion of the tournament’s proceeds. Last year, they earned about $3000. One year, they used the money to pay for new uniforms. Another, they financed a road trip to Bend for a team tennis tournament.

“It’s great for the girls. They get to go to tournaments or get nice uniforms that normally they wouldn’t get or would have to pay for,” Nina Press, mother of Wilsonville High School tennis player Makaela Press, said.

Club Manager Steve Hall added: “High school programs have a small budget, so if the girls work hard, as a result, they get a reward.”

Hall estimates the tournament might be the second biggest in the state behind the Oregon state tournament. He said it might be one the best tournaments as well.

“A lot of tournaments don’t have all of the amenities, free food, t-shirt for all of the participants, the winners getting gift certificates to Curry’s Landing, “ he said. Hall added: “Also, it’s double elimination so everybody is guaranteed at least two matches and it’s family oriented, so a lot of adults play with their kids and grandkids.”

Participants enjoyed free food donated by families, a free barbecue put on by Windermere Real Estate and a wine tasting event as well.

Because the Charbonneau Tennis Club only has two indoor courts, most of the matches were scheduled on the outdoor courts at the club or at Wilsonville High School. So when the rain came, the schedule clogged.

“When you have rain it makes it really difficult. We’ve really had to scramble and some of the players have had to wait a little bit,” Hall said.

In part due to the kind folks at Stafford Hills Racquet Club, who allowed some matches to be played at the club, by the time Sunday evening rolled around, all of the matches had been finalized.

This year, Kurt Casad, who just completed his first year as the WHS girls tennis coach, served as tournament director.

“So far it’s been the requirement of the girls tennis coach. If you accept the position at Wilsonville, you get this job,” Press said.

However, Hall said the job is very demanding and that Casad might not serve as director next year.

“He’s been here everyday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.. It’s a really labor intensive gig,” Hall said.

Hall is worried they might not be able to find someone to replace Casad. If that happens, the tournament may not be back next year.

“It’s going to be a challenge to keep it going. The club would look to see if they could find a director internally,” Hall said.

He added: “We would hate to lose it.”


Men's 3.0 singles: Round Robin Champion: C. Stoica; Runner-up: M. Kim

Men's 3.5 singles: I. Tsuruta def. L. Campbell: 6-1 6-0

Men's 4.0 singles: N. Kassab def. K. Vedder: 6-2 6-3

Men's 4.5 singles: Round Robin Champion: O. Adam; Runner-up: T. Lonergan

Men's 7.0 doubles: S. Hall/I. Tsuruta def. J. Gengler/D. Patch: 7-5 0-6 1-0

Men's 8.0 doubles: M. Farrell/J. Judge def. K. Ackerman/S. McElderry: 7-6 2-6 1-0

Mixed 3.5 doubles: R. Press/M. Press def. D. Reed/K.Reed: 6-3 6-3

Women's 7.0 doubles: T. Beecroft/R. Neuhoff def. L. Abbott/C/ Perelli-Minetti: 6-4 5-7 1-0 (10-2)

Women's 9.0 doubles: Round Robin Champion: D. Borchers/D. Roison; Runner-up: S. DeVall/L. Gray

Women's 3.5 singles: D. Feuerherdt def. R. Atwood: 6-3 5-7 1-0 (16-14)

Girls 18 singles: M. Kunstel def. S. Adams, 6-2 6-1

Girls 18 doubles: J. Small/M. Wardle def. E. Lee/T. Williams: 6-1 6-4

Boys 16 singles: Round Robin Champion: D. DeSimone; Runner-up: A. Adams

Boys 18 singles: M. King def. J. Ninteman: 6-4 6-2

Boys 18 doubles: Round Robin Champion: K. Andrews/W. Moore; Runner-up: B. Gehrs/J. Welter


Abellas Italian Kitchen (Wilsonville)

Bostons Pub & Grill

ClubSports – Oregon

Les Schwab Tire Center – Wilsonville

Vinn Distillery


Lamb’s Wilsonville Thriftway

La Rog Brothers – Eastside

Wilsonville Family Fun Center & Bullwinkle's Restaurant

Wilsonville Lanes, Inc.

Portland Thunder

Jamba Juice – Wilsonville

Curry’s Landing at Charbonneau

Stafford Hills Club

Charbonneau Golf Club

Ram Restaurant & Brewhouse

Contract Publishing

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