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Even at the age of 7 Maureen Rasp-Glose possessed outstanding athletic skills, skills that continue to serve her well on the tennis court at the age of 64. She competed in a baseball league (hard ball!) and football with boys 8-10 years old. "Even at that early age I was extremely active and loved to win no matter what sport I was playing," she said. At St. Aloysius Sch…

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Declan Watson and Noah Sayoc are both 16 years old. This past high school tennis season, Watson, a sophomore, and Sayoc, a junior, teamed up to represent Orchard Park High School in the Erie County Interscholastic Conference Tennis Championships. They defeated the Williamsville East doubles team of Jason Berkun and Jerry Xiao 6-4, 6-4 in the finals. For good measure the…

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Cheryl Meyer is without a doubt one of the finest female athletes to have ever played sports in Western New York. She has excelled in figure skating, basketball, golf (nine handicap), softball, soccer, field hockey, squash and tennis. Meyer mostly sticks to tennis now, and she has performed well against players much younger than she is. Her all-around tennis game is …

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Rick Infanti has been the head tennis professional at the Buffalo Tennis & Squash Club for many years. He will be this year’s tournament director in charge of running the Muny Tennis Championships that will run from July 12-22 at the Delaware Park tennis courts. Recently, Infanti was talking with Rich Abbott and Tom LaPenna; both of whom had run the Muny tournamen…

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The foot speed and hand-eye coordination that made Joe Vizzi an accomplished baseball player has translated well to the tennis court. Vizzi took up tennis at age 56. He recently turned 60 and remains among the fastest in a large group of tennis players at the Village Glen in the 20-70 age range. Jim Remington is in charge of the group. He said, “Joe Vizzi is like a…

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Many who play racquetball, squash or paddle ball do not realize how heavily these sports were influenced by handball. The earliest record of two-wall handball being played actually occurred in San Francisco in 1873. By the early 1900s, four-wall handball was well established and one-wall handball was huge in New York City, where the game is still played outdoors. Four W…

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The Buffalo Tennis & Squash Club has had a long list of outstanding head squash pros. These have included the legendary Monte Halvorsen, Al Molloy (who went on to coach the University of Pennsylvania’s squash team), Rick Infanti, Bart Chambers, Tom Hayes, John Rooney and Scott Denn. The new head squash pro is Jamie Crombie. His overall accomplishments and reputati…

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Marcus Fugate, 28, is the new director of tennis and head tennis pro at Miller Tennis Center.Since 2007, Fugate has taught at the Tennis Club of Rochester and trained many adults and juniors. Three of his prize students have been Jason Tahir, No. 1 at Duke, Quinn Gleason, No. 1 at Notre Dame, and Luisa Fernandez. All have played some pro events.Fugate gives a great amount…

For the second time in three years, 22-year-old Vusa Hove is the area's No. 1-ranked male tennis player. The University at Buffalo senior was undefeated in winning three local tournaments this year, the Muny Men's Singles Championships and two tournaments at Miller Tennis Center.Matt Kane, former Niagara University star, played two superb matches against Hove. The first wa…

It isn't surprising that Gary Schutrum, the girls tennis and basketball coach at East Aurora High School, is revered by the many students that he has taught.Schutrum's passion and love for tennis was instilled in him by his mother, Roberta Cullinan, who was one of the area's finest women's tennis players a few years ago."I really didn't take a lot of lessons," Schutrum sai…

The Christmas and Chanukah seasons are fast approaching. There are many new racket sports-related items that you may be interested in buying for your friends, relatives, or even yourself. Some of these items and their costs follow.>Rackets*Tennis: There are so many rackets on the market that it could be difficult to choose from the many fine models. However, the good news …

Sandy Trampert is the driving force behind the success of girls tennis at Orchard Park High School.The OP teams coached by Trampert have won the ECIC Division I title for an unprecedented nine years in a row (they shared the title with Clarence in 2004), compiling a 97-1 record in team matches during that time.Sandy's passion for tennis and the members of her team are a jo…

Serena Williams has had a phenomenal year of tennis.She won Wimbledon, the Olympics, and the U.S. Open, with a tremendous display of powerful serves, penetrating strokes, and great shot making. She was also in the best physical shape that she has been in for quite awhile. To be playing as well as she is at almost age 31 is truly remarkable.A question that has been circulat…

Steve Ginsburg is a tennis professional at Miller Tennis Center. His passion for tennis is well recognized at the club. He has a great following and is well liked and respected for his dedication and expertise to the teaching of tennis.Nick Marcezin is a good friend of Ginsburg's and has taken lessons from him for the past three years. "Steve started teaching me three year…

Russ Tringali, the head pro at the Village Glen Tennis Club, has been teaching tennis for almost 30 of his 48 years.Tringali started taking tennis lessons at the age of 12 in the Bea Massman program in Amherst and soon became obsessed with the game."I wasn't like a lot of kids my age who played a lot of sports," Tringali said. "However, I knew that tennis was the sport for…