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USTA honors Shanholtz for work with junior program

December 16, 2011|By DAN KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com
  • The United States Tennis Association recently named Darryl Shanholtz the Maryland Junior Program Administrator of the Year for his work with the local USTA Junior Team Tennis program.
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HAGERSTOWN — When Darryl Shanholtz founded the Tri-State Tennis Association last year, one of his top priorities was to start a local USTA Junior Team Tennis program to give high school players a chance to practice their skills in a competitive environment year-round.

“When we first started, (people) told us to expect about 20 kids,” Shanholtz said. “We had 66 for fall last year and 41 for the winter season.”

The Tri-State team tennis leagues have been a resounding success, and the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the USTA recognized that when it named Shanholtz the 2011 Maryland Junior Program Administrator of the Year.

“It’s expanded quite a bit more than what we thought,” said Shanholtz. “Even this year, we weren’t expecting to expand to a U-14 division, but we put the word out and the kids showed up. We have 35 currently in the winter league, with 15 U-14s.”

Shanholtz and the rest of the Tri-State Tennis Association — which includes Bill Wissinger (who runs The Tennis Club in Zullinger Pa.), Al McGarity (the St. Maria Goretti coach who serves as club secretary), and Dr. Frederic D’Alauro (the club’s treasurer whose children have been part of Boonsboro’s program) — have even bigger plans and hopes.

“We’d like to see this program keep expanding,” Shanholtz said. “Right now, we don’t have all the high schools on board. We have kids from all of them, but it would be great if we had all the high schools on board. What we’d really like to see is the U-14 and a U-12 program expand. Saint James is allowing us the use of its 12 courts, so there’s unlimited possibilities. We’d like to do some tournaments and eventually bring adult tennis on board.”

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