SoCal League Tennis

Random Bytes October 2016

Zimmerman/Johnson Showstoppers

Southern California juniors were showstoppers at the Zimmerman/Johnson USTA National Tournament, September 16th – 18th, at Stanford.

Champions included:

Keegan Smith – Boys’ 18
Brandon Nakashima – Boys’ 16

Keegan Smith Photo Andrea Barnes

Keegan Smith Photo Phil Cello

Brandon Nakashima Photo Andrea Barnes

Brandon Nakashima Photo Phil Cello

Finalist were:

Hannah Zhao –Girls’18
Jake Sands – Boys’ 16
Camille Kiss – Girls’ 14

Hannah Zhao Photo Andrea Barnes

Hannah Zhao Photo Phil Cello

Jake Sands Photo Andrea Barnes

Jake Sands Photo Phil Cello

Camille Kiss Photo Phil Cello

Camille Kiss Photo Phil Cello

Other results:

Ryan Seggerman – Boys’ 18-Fourth Place
Jacob Bullard – Boys’ 16-Third Place
Katherine Hui – Girls’ 12-Fourth Place

Another significant accomplishment came when the following competitors claimed Sportsmanship Awards:

Eryn Cayetano-Girls’ 16
Maxi Duncan-Girls’ 14
Katherine Hui – Girls’ 12

Eryn Cayetano Photo Phil Cello

Eryn Cayetano Photo Phil Cello

Maxi Duncan Photo Phil Cello

Maxi Duncan Photo Phil Cello

Katherine Hui Photo Phil Cello

Katherine Hui Photo Phil Cello

Goldberg – High School Athlete Of The Year

The Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame named Ben Goldberg its Male High School Athlete of the Year. Goldberg, who just began his freshman year at UCLA, led Palisades Charter High School to multiple Los Angeles Unified School District team championships during his career there. In 2015, he won the singles title defeating Palisade teammate, Jake Sands, 7-6, 6-4. He will be feted at a ceremony that will take place at the Skirball Cultural Center on Saturday, January 28, 2017. (UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen was a previous winner.)

Ben Goldberg Photo PalHi

Ben Goldberg Photo PalHi

Maccabi Games Tennis Tryouts

Qualified Jewish Tennis Players, between ages 14 and 85+, have an opportunity to tryout for Team USA. The 20th World Maccabi Games will take place in Israel, July 4 – 18, 2017. More than 9,000 athletes, from 80 countries, will participate in the competition featuring 42 sports.


The tryout dates and locations include:

  • Juniors and Open Tennis – November 5 – 6, in North Merrick and Bethpage, New York
  • Masters Tennis – October 22-23, in Boca Raton
  • Grand Masters Tennis – November 14th in Los Angeles

(Grand Masters applicants will tryout in October in Boca Raton – only – and at this time, only applicants in the 65-69 division will be required to attend. All other Grand Masters interested in taking part are welcome, but will not be required to attend the tryout, unless there are enough competitors to warrant holding the event.)

The coaches and chairpersons will be:

  • Lisa Chajet of New York City – Juniors and Open Tennis
  • Doug Pacht and Jody Helfend of Calabasas – Masters Co-Chairmen – & Peter Simel of New York City
  • Howard Guggenheim of Boca Raton and Irwin Shorr of Olney, Maryland – Grand Masters Co-Chairmen

Applications for the 20th World Maccabi Games must be submitted prior to the tryouts. Please visit – to find the form. For more information, contact Program Director, Shane Carr by e-mail at or by phone at (215) 561-6900.
Mark Winters


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