The first Paonia Cherry Days Tennis Tournament was held July 4 and 5 at the courts at Apple Valley Park. There were players from Paonia, Hotchkiss and Cedaredge competing for prizes, including gift certificates and gift baskets.
The men’s doubles and mixed doubles attracted the most players this year, with Rob Miller teaming with Paul Gibb to win the men’s doubles, and then pairing with Jo Edmondson to win the mixed doubles competition.
David Roslin beat out local high school talents to win the men’s singles division.
Jessie Holt, also a high school player this past school year, claimed the women’s singles division and teamed with mom Dee Holt to win the women’s doubles division.
Organizer Tami Kropp said she was pleased with the turnout, which attracted players of all abilities and ranging in age from high school to retirees.
Kropp also had heard from several players who were unable to make the tournament because of scheduling conflicts.
Kropp and co-organizer Kit Stephenson said they hope to make the tournament, the first played on the new state-of-the-art courts, an annual event in the coming years with the possibility of an increase in the number of prizes awarded.