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Gordon and Stalder, as well as Adamson and Williams, outlast foes at junior sectionals. Gordon moving to Texas.

June 16, 2012|By Matt Szabo
  • Henry Gordon, left, of Corona del Mar, and Reese Stalder, of Newport Harbor, team up for a doubles match during the 110th annual Junior Sectionals at Los Caballeros Racquet and Sports Club, in Fountain Valley, Saturday. Here the partners celebrate winning their first match.
Henry Gordon, left, of Corona del Mar, and Reese Stalder,… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

FOUNTAIN VALLEY — As two high school freshmen, much may not be expected of Corona del Mar High's Henry Gordon and Newport Harbor's Reese Stalder in the boys' 18 doubles division of the 110th Annual Southern California Junior Sectional tennis tournament.

As two good friends who happen to both be good doubles players, too, maybe Gordon and Stalder will take people by surprise.

By the end of the summer, though, only one of them will still be living in Newport-Mesa.

Gordon, who was an integral part of CdM's run to the CIF Southern Section Division 1 title match this spring, said Saturday that he is moving to Texas to attend the John Newcombe Tennis Academy.

"When I was back in the 14s, they sent me a letter wanting me to go to the academy," said Gordon, who went 52-13 in singles and doubles this year for CdM and advanced with teammate Alex Murray to the CIF Individuals doubles semifinals. "I wanted to play a year of high school tennis. I wasn't planning on going to that academy until maybe near the end of the [high school] season. I went there and checked it out, and I really enjoyed it. It's just a really good opportunity; I had to take advantage of it.

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"After school gets out on June 21, I'm going to be staying at [Stalder's] house for a couple of weeks while we play national tournaments. We're just going to be traveling all over the country for national tournaments. I expect to get [to Texas] in August."

Making it to the round of 16 at junior sectionals was also not easy for Gordon and Stalder. They somehow found a way, beating No. 9-seeded Derek Klein and Cristobal Rivera, 6-4, 4-6 and 10-8 in a super-tiebreaker at Los Caballeros Racquet and Sports Club. Earlier Saturday, they topped Gregory Lyon and Oliver Welsh, 6-0, 6-4.

Two CdM players also made the round of 16 in doubles. Alec Adamson and Carson Williams edged Taylor Fritz and Riley Smith, 6-1, 6-7 (6-8), and 13-11 in a super-tiebreaker to advance. Earlier, Adamson and Williams got past Jhon Joseph Acosta and Kenneth Simmons, 6-2, 6-1.

Each local team will play in the round of 16 Thursday afternoon, back at Los Cab. They'll be joined there by No. 9-seeded Newport Beach resident Joseph Di Giulio and his partner George Goldhoff, who also advanced.

"It feels awesome," Stalder said. "Hopefully we can keep it going, keep playing well."

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