The first-ever BHS Alumni Tennis Tournament, held on Labor Day, drew good weather, a good crowd, and 16 mixed doubles teams, including five former state tennis champions. The overall winner was the team of Shelby Cheses, â€˜89 and Steve Siegel,â€™86 both former state champs. Cheses is also the Bexley girlsâ€™ varsity tennis coach. The runner-up team was Neal Newman (father of former state champion Cole Newman, â€˜96) and Judy Edelman, â€™72.
The tournament included a consolation bracket, and the winner of that bracket was the team of Rozanne Stern and Justin Weprin. Stern is the mother of former Bexley player Andrew Stern, â€™92 a two-time state doubles champ and captain of the BHS tennis team whose memory was honored at the tournament. Winning the title of runner up in the consolation bracket was the team of Mark Liefeld, â€˜74 (a former BHS science teacher and the Bexley boysâ€™ varsity tennis coach) and alumna-parent Heidi Anderson, â€˜88.Â Â
â€œThe tournament was a great way to celebrate the rich history of tennis at Bexley,” said organizer Jennifer Ridgley Bunker ’91, “including the many great players over the years. We were pleased to honor the memory of state champion Andrew Stern and bring BHS alumni and community together for a fun day.”
Tournament sponsors included Byers Auto Group, Rozanne & Jerry Stern, Mike Carruthers/Coldwell Banker King Thompson, Grossman Law, Matthew & Abby Grossman, The Powers Group/Street Sothebyâ€™s, US Realty Consultants, Michael Schiff and Family, 11 Athletics, Bexley Pizza Plus, Continental Real Estate, Golden Orthodontics, Dana Bromberg/Payday PERX, Steve Siegel and Brent Johnson/Summit Performance Institute.
Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Lionsâ€™ Pride Fund of the BHSAA. Last year, Lionsâ€™ Pride funds provided funding so that all Bexley seniors wishing to attend the Senior Party and purchase Bexleo yearbooks could do so.Â
The Bexley High School Alumni Association merged under the umbrella of the Bexley Education Foundation in 2015. For more information about BHSAA, go to bexleyalumni.org