Valley Classic tournament raises $15K

VIENNA – The Wood County Rotary Club and Mid-Ohio Valley Tennis Association held the third annual Valley Classic tennis tournament in Vienna last weekend.

Bryen McHenry of the Rotary Club said the money raised was nearly $15,000, which will go toward local charities in the valley.

“It was the best tournament,” McHenry said. “It went great and was the best turnout.”

He said the tournament had 73 participants and local businesses were sponsors. The U.S. Tennis Association-sanctioned tournament was played on the tennis courts in Jackson Memorial Park and at the Greenmont Racquet and Swim Club in Vienna.

Winners of the event are:

Boys age 18 singles – Saaman Ghodsi of Vienna

Boys age 16 Singles – Saaman Ghodsi of Vienna

Boys age 14 Singles – Benjamin White of Parkersburg

Boys age 12 Singles – Zarion Jones of Parkersburg

Boys age 10 Singles – Maxwell Fickus of Powell, Ohio

Girls age 16 Singles – Sydney Stansberry of Vienna

Girls age 14 Singles – Justine Nardone of Columbus, Ohio

Girls age 12 Singles – Marie Discini of Marietta, Ohio

Girls age 10 Singles – Chloe Bumgarner of Vienna

The event, which takes place on the first weekend in June, is made possible by the help of local business sponsorship. Local and area-wide players are welcome to attend the event, and bring friendly competition, McHenry said.

“We had an excellent group of sponsors,” McHenry said. “And the local (players) did very well. A lot of winners in various brackets were from Parkersburg, Vienna and Marietta.”

There were 15 area business sponsors this year, he said.

Camden Clark Medical Center was the top sponsor while others were Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Greenmont Racquet Club, McDonald’s, PBM Outdoor Advertising, REMAX Properties of the Valley, First Neighborhood Bank, the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, WesBanco, Pope Properties, United Bank, PARS Brain and Spine Institute, Grogg’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Peoples Bank and the Elite Sports Center.

Participants come from Columbus, Clarksburg and other towns.

McHenry said event organizers are looking forward to new participants.