Dawn Manning (center) won the Gold Medal in women’s singles during the District table tennis tournament Thursday (April 20) with Vickie Mericle (right) and Velma Johnson (left) finishing with silver and bronze respectively.
TAYLORS SHINE IN MEN’S SINGLES
It was the dawn of a new day in District Table Tennis as Dawn Manning captured the Gold Medal in the women’s division.
Manning bested last year’s gold medalist Vickie Mericle in a three-set match that saw prolonged, spirited rallies. Then she put away Velma Johnson
Against Mericle, Manning won the second and third sets and had to come from behind in each. As the battle wore on, she began to cope with Mericle’s tactic of repeatedly moving her from one side of the table to the other by hitting to her forehand and then her backhand.
The Taylors, father Bob and son Trey, had a good night of it in the men’s division. Bob won the Gold Medal in men’s 75-79 singles, over Rodney Stratman. Trey won gold in the men’s 50-59 age bracket. Carlos Martin wound up with silver and Robert Lachman won silver.
Bob Taylor teamed with Troy McGee to win the gold in men’s 55-79 doubles over Lachman and Silberman. Silberman and McGee finished 1-2 in men’s 65-74 singles.
Females– Ages 55-69: Dawn Manning Gold. Vickie Mericle Silver. Velma Johnson Bronze. Males—Ages 50-59: Trey Taylor Gold. Carlos Martin Silver. Robert Lachman Bronze. Ages 65-74: Howard Silberman Gold. Troy McGee Silver. Ages 75-79: Bob Taylor Gold. Rodney Stratman Silver.
Males—Ages 55-79: Bob Taylor-Troy McGee Gold. Lachman-Silberman Silver.