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Smoak wins tennis title on familiar court

Posted: May 18, 2017 1:27 p.m.
Updated: May 19, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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CAMDEN’S SARAH ANNE SMOAK (left) won the girls’ 10 green level singles title at The Camden “Classically Carolina” Junior Tennis Championship by defeating Harper Stone of Abbeville (right) in the finals.

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For more than four decades, the Smoak family has been the most prominent name in Camden tennis. Make that, four decades and counting.

Playing on the Camden High tennis courts named in honor of her grandfather, retired CHS head tennis coach Roger Smoak, Camden’s Sarah Anne Smoak won her girls’ 10 singles green level 1 championship at The Camden “Classically Carolina” Junior Tennis Championships played last month.

She is the daughter of former CHS standout Stephen Smoak, who played for his father’s 1991 AAA state championship tennis team, and Crystal Smoak of Camden.

More than 100 players from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, New York and Ohio took part in the three-day event which included the playing of 122 matches at various sites throughout Camden. Of that figure, 24 players hailed from Camden along with six players from Lugoff, Elgin and Ridgeway having taken part in the yearly event.

Smoak defeated Harper Stone of Abbeville, 1-34, 4-2, 1-0, to win the championship on the Roger Smoak Tennis Courts.

In the girls’ 10 singles orange level division, Camden’s Caitlyn Clyburn defeated Lani Sturgeon of Columbia, 4-1, 4-2, in the semifinals only to come out on the short end of a pair of 4-1 counts to Sophia Tauscher in the finals.

Camden’s David Pope finished second in the boys’ 12 singles division after having come up short in the finals against Ian Drane of Fort Mill who won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0.

Camden’s Wilson Pope, the number one singles player for CHS, advanced to the boys’ 16 semifinals only to fall to Hamilton Russell from Greenville, 6-4, 6-3. Also in the semifinals of that division was Andrei Bolshakov of Elgin who lost a 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 decision to Michael Davis of Columbia.

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