Maui woman wins wheelchair tennis doubles
Maui's Beth Arnoult-Ritthaler finished second in singles and teamed with Poland's Aga Bartczak to win the doubles portion of last week's Polish Open wheelchair tennis tournament in Plock, Poland.
Arnoult-Ritthaler was the only non-European in the event, which was played on a clay court. Seeded second in singles, she defeated Russia's Natalia Bakhmatova 6-2, 6-3 and Sweden's Anna Alenas 6-2, 6-0 before falling to the top-seeded Bartczak 6-4, 6-1.
In doubles, Arnoult-Ritthaler and Bartczak won all three of their matches in straight sets to earn the title.
The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour continues with this week's Slovakia Open in Bratsislava.
Gymnasts place in top 4 at regionals
Five Hawaii gymnasts placed in the top four of their respective age-group competitions at the USAG Trampoline-Tumbling Region 2 Championships in Sacramento, Calif., earlier this month.
Kristie Kawazoe won the trampoline, was second in the double mini-tramp and placed fifth in tumbling in the 13-14 age group.
Kira Vercruyssen, a Honolulu Community College sophomore competing in the 17-and-over division, took second in trampoline and third in the double mini-tramp.
Kelsen Onigama swept all three of her events in the 11-12 age group, winning the trampoline and the double mini-tramp as well as the synchronized trampoline with partner Jake Jacobson of Sacramento.
In the 9-10 age group, Annika Northrop was first in tumbling and third in trampoline. Kylie Northrop finished fourth in both the 7-8 trampoline and double mini-tramp.
Onigama and Kira Vercruyssen, along with Hawaii teammates Spencer Madanay, Nani Vercruyssen, Spencer Dupio and Matt Moniz, are competing later this week at the USAG Elite Challenge in Las Vegas. Onigama and Kawazoe will represent the West region at the Regional Challenge in Chicago next month.
Ching, Merkle qualify for Big 'I' Junior Classic
Honolulu's Alex Ching shot a 6-under 66 in qualifying yesterday at the Honolulu Country Club and took the lone boys 12-18 division spot for the upcoming Big "I" Junior Classic golf tournament.
The Big "I" Junior Classic will be played at Odessa Country Club in Texas, July 30 through Aug. 3.
Honolulu's Kristina Merkle shot a 3-over 75 and then beat Wahiawa's Britney Choy and Pearl City's Randi Ono in a playoff to gain the lone girls 12-18 division qualifying spot.