LARTA helps bring tennis communities together
The LARTA (Lincoln and Rocklin Tennis Association) second annual Tennis Spectacular was held last month at the Lincoln Hills Sport Pavilion and Tennis Courts. The LARTA FUNraising event was to raise funds for much-needed tennis court and player equipment, since school budgets have been cut dramatically over the last few years.
Whitney, Rocklin and Lincoln high school players were matched up to play doubles with Lincoln Hills Tennis Group members. The event was held to connect the groups, but the deeper goals were creating better community relations between Lincoln and Lincoln Hills.
Whitney boys tennis coach Matt Holm and Rocklin coach Dale Eckenburg came off two, great winning seasons beating some well known high school powerhouses.
Whitney’s 12-7 record had four losses playing Mira Loma and two to Rio Americano. These schools have a large student population and well-developed tennis programs.
Rocklin was 7-3 in Sierra Foothill League play and 11-11 against some tough tennis powers. The Rocklin boys beat Del Oro, 5-4, in April.
The LARTA event opened with the National Anthem and an inspirational speech by Lincoln Mayor Gabriel Hydrick. The Pavilion was decorated with American Flags and balloons bearing the colors of the three high schools.
There were also special events within the event: Mixed doubles, with seniors coupled with high school players. Center court had David Van Brunt, the No. 1 Northern California wheelchair player and No. 7 in the USA, put on an exhibition that was inspiring.
Eldon Wilson, USTA Certified Tennis Professional, held three different “clinics” for all the players and there was a “Fastest Serving Contest” for boys, girls, men and women in different levels.
Awards and prizes were given out for all events.
_ Tim Allen is a member of LARTA and former Lincoln High tennis coach