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Alyse Lysgaard of Las Vegas, Nevada a senior and member of the Laurel Springs School National Honor Society, has been nominated to compete in the National Honor Society scholarship. The National Honor Society is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Marilyn Mosley, founder and executive director of Laurel Springs School today announced the nomination, which places Lysgaard in the national competition. This year the program will once again award $200,000 in college scholarships. As a feature for the 2008 program, special recognition and additional awards will be presented to state and regional winners, along with the selection of one national recipient who will receive a $13,000 award.

"We are proud to have one of our top tennis players also achieve such great things in the classroom," said USTA-Nevada Executive Director Ryan Wolfington. "With great tennis and great gardes that often leads to a great college scholarship."



   
Our unique beliefs, backgrounds and experiences shape the way we view the world, the way we view one another, and the way we approach our work each day. The impact of these differences on how we interact is universal.

At USTA-Nevada Tennis Association, we are committed to embrace these differences and realize the value they bring to our organization. We acknowledge that diversity is an important business discipline that improves our organizations ability to compete in the marketplace, and strengthens our strategic priority of recruiting and retaining emerging leaders, volunteers and players to the tennis community.

Our vision for every employee is to grow through awareness, while working to incorporate diversity throughout the fabric of the organization. In realizing this vision, diversity becomes business as usual.

Our growing commitment to diversity and inclusion is exemplified in our efforts to hold diversity training for our staff and cultural connections as an integral part of the employee experience. This is our framework for developing an inclusive environment, and establishing a workplace of choice.

At USTA-Nevada, our goal is to reflect the community of people we serve. We believe this dedication will support our efforts of greater inclusion, as we seek to attract, recruit, develop and retain a skilled work and volunteer force to accomplish our mission "To Promote and Develop the Growth of Tennis."


   
By Ashley Newell

Boys 18s Doubles Finalists L-R A. Kalhorn & T. Frost
The ITA Great Pumpkin is played by many people all across the Intermountain six state region. A total of 132 juniors from Las Vegas played in this tournament. The children of Las Vegas did quite well in the well-known tournament.

The winner of the boys 18s singles division was Ashton Kalhorn, the fourth seed, who is currently residing in the city of Vegas and is coached by David Pate. Ashton also trains at the No Quit Home School Academy at Lorenzi Park.

Also doing well in this division was Jeffery Vongman of Team Agassi , making it to the quarterfinals, and Patrick Kawka of the No Quit Academy, winning the consolation. Kawka also won the boys 18s doubles division with Devin Lane, playing Ashton Kalhorn and Tyler Frost in the finals. Kawka will be playing for BYU next year on a scholarship.

Also representing Las Vegas in the doubles division were Jeffery Vongman with Kristofer Yee , and Dillon McNamara with Club Sports Devon Morrissey.



   
By Olivia Demarta

This year, Faith Lutheran played their second year of 4A tennis. The girls team finished the season out 7-3 and the boys team finished 6-4. Overall they did a great job for it only being their second year ever playing the 4A sport.

The girls went undefeated against Virgin Valley, winning 18-0. They also beat Centennial in a close match of 10-8, with Nikki Pizzoferrato and Olivia Demarta going 3-0 for that day. The girls team also defeated Cimarron 12-6, with Alex Edelman, Renee Vogel, Olivia Demarta, Nikki Pizzoferrato, and Aubrey Astle going 3-0 for that day as well. The Faith Lutheran girls team did very well this year and have a lot to be proud of. Although they just missed the cut to go to regionals, they fought hard and will be back next year to show everyone what they are capable of doing.

The boys team went 15-3 against Shadow Ridge with Jake Benowitz going 3-0. They also beat Cheyenne 14-4, Mojave 10-2, and Virgin Valley 14-4. The boys fought hard against Arbor View and won 10-8. Tom Trowbridge, Sam Taylor, Kyle Harper, and Jake Benowitz all went 2-1 for this match. All of the boys on the team fought hard and played their best. The boys didn’t make it to regionals as well, however they will come back next year and fight to do better.



   
BRYAN BROTHERS
LAS VEGAS
FANTASY CAMP & CONCERT


   
Editorial By Ryan Wolfington

With Andre Agassi's new Biography ready to hit books shelves Monday November 9th many are speculating as to why the tennis great was so honest with his life story. Some have even gone so far as to criticize his decision to be so "Open."

Andre Agassi faces adversity, stares it in the eye and triumphs; That has been the pattern of his life. His example has loomed as the classic hero, filled with challenges and foes only to slay the dragon time and time again. He overcame poverty, the rigors of training, tough losses, divorce and now he reveals in 1997 at the low point of his life he beat back the demons of drug use. This, right before the story book reversal of fortune that ended with grand slam titles, a ground breaking charitable foundation, and most importantly a happy life with wife Stephanie Graff and their two children in Las Vegas.



   
By Mary Maragos & Ryan Wolfington

Darling Tennis Center hosted the 2009 National Open Championships presented by Snell and Wilmer. The sleepless Vegas weekend included the National Team Championships(Open-Level), the Snell & Wilmer Tennis Challenge and a blow-out Disco that doubled as the players' party. The National Championships and the Tennis Challenge benefited the American
Cancer Society and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Many of the guests also attended Agassi's Grand Slam For Children which raised close to 8 million to benefit at-risk children through education.

This year, over 400 Open-Level players competed on nearly 40 men's and women's squads for the national team title. In a unique twist on registration, the Championships' sponsor eliminated the tournament entry fee. Instead, each team made a donation to the Cancer Societies in order to participate in the event.



   
benefitting VegasTennis.com's Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis Foundation & USTA-Nevada

TAO Asian Bistro and Nightclub presented the annual "Tony Bennett Big Heart Awards" which included an intimate dinner & private concert with Tony Bennett & celebrity guests benefitting VegasTennis.com's Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis Foundation & USTA-Nevada.

"Tony Bennett is not only a tremendous entertainer but has used his talents to reach out and help so many people," explained his close friend and foundation co-founder Marty Hennessy. "He has helped take our foundation to a whole new level."

Produced by Clint Holmes the Entertainment included Rita Rudner, Clint Holmes, Mosaic (MTV band of the year), Primrose Martin , Cayleigh Capaldi, Ellie Smith (lead in Annie and Secret Garden) and former Sinatra pianist Vinnie Falcone with the Chairman of the Board himself, Tony Bennett.



   
Wolfington2009 -Mita-Gillin-O'Neill East Coast Leadership Tour, sponsored by Marriott, takes 10 children to 8 cities, 6 Universities, historical sites, countless country clubs to play tennis and be inspired by daily Leadership Breakfast talks with CEO's, Senators, Professional Athletes and more. Some of the speakers included in photos above are Ann Curry of NBC, Executive Producer Jim Bell, Senator John Ensign, Sports Marketing magnet Donald Dell, ATP Pro player Sam Querry and many more. The trip is sponsored by the Wolfington extended family, Marriott and VegasTennis.com's Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis Foundation. Children that attended had an average 3.7 GPA and all were ranked top 40 or higher in the Intermountain section. The trip was made available this year to all USTA-Nevada members.



   
LAS VEGAS , Nevada - June 28, 2009 - The new LAVO Italian Restaurant and Nightclub at the Palazzo Casino and Resort hoested the United States Tennis Association Nevada District's first Annual Adult Awards Banquet this past June 30th. All USTA members recieved free entry into the nightclub, free food and drinks and all captains and pros that attended received a $100.00 gift card.

Thanks to an agreement with USTA-Nevada LAVO is now the official Restaurant, Lounge and nightclub of USTA-Nevada.

"LAVO has been an incredible partner for USTA-Nevada in our quest to thank and support adult tennis players, captains and pros," said USTA-Nevada Executive Director Ryan Wolfington. "It is an honor to be associated with such a prestigious organization."





   
By Rob Merriman

The USTA Intermountain Junior Team Tennis Sectional Championships were recently held August 14-16 at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver, Colorado. Teams representing all six of the Intermountain States competed in the event, including two teams from Southern Nevada: the 14 & Under Intermediate Team from the Summerlin Tennis Club, and the 18 & Under Intermediate Team from the Andre Agassi Boys & Girls Club.



   
USTA-Nevada is proud to sponsor the Lexus of Las Vegas Open, a USTA Women's $50,000 Pro Circuit event, September 27-October 4, 2009 at Red Rock Country Club. The tournament will feature top players from around the world, including several U.S. Open participants. For more information on the tournament, including the Wild Card event, tournament hotel and room rates, players' party, host venue, and more please log onto www.lvwomensprocircuit.com


 
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