Tennis tournament, auction a success

More than $13,000 for the Steamboat Springs High School tennis teams was raised during a weekend tournament.

The 2005 Steamboat Tennis Association's Singles and Doub--les Championships sponsored by the Ore House at Pine Grove was "a huge success," said Jim Swiggart, director of The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

The weekend included a tennis tournament and an auction to help benefit the Steamboat Tennis Assoc--iation and, ult-

imately, the high school teams. The boys and girls high school teams are regional champions and among the best in the state.

Several current Steamboat players, in addition to a large number of local players, took part in this weekend's tournament at The Tennis Center.

The tournament featured singles and doubles players ranging from the 3.0 to the 5.0 ranking. Age doesn't determine ranking.

"We had about 100 entrants in this tournament," said Dom--inick Riggio, president of the STA. "This tournament, in particular, we get a following from Fort Collins, a few who come from Denver. Some come who have second homes or used to live here specifically for this tournament. There are players interested in the cause. This is our biggest fund-raiser of the year."

Growing costs for traveling, coupled with the growing numbers of high school players, have made high school tennis more expensive for the STA, but Riggio said the local association is committed to helping the promising young players as much as possible.

This year, some of the auctioned items included Broncos tickets, Steamboat Ski Area passes, handmade jewelry and knitted items, as well as tennis and golf packages and lessons.

Riggio, former owner of Riggio's Fine Italian Food, auctioned off a dinner that he will prepare.

"It was quite a nice auction, and it raised about $13,000," Riggio said. "We thought it went pretty well."

The Steamboat boys tennis

team starts the season Mon--day.

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