Green Machine Notebook


Spartacus 2.0 is gunning for the 7.0 mixed competition.

The schedule for the 7.0 mixed season are out — featuring TWO teams from Hunter’s Green — and I’m not sure I’ve ever been more giddy about a schedule.

The 7.0 Green Machine is slated to play 10 matches, in a league with the Hunter’s Green Heat Stroke — yes, I’ve already got at least 7-8 “Stroke Me” leads in the queue — Harbour Island, Arbor Greene, West Meadows and arch-rival BSAC.

But of the 10 matches, 9 will be played at home or within 3 miles of HG. Both matches against Harbour Island are at home, and so
is the first BSAC match on July 10. West Meadows and Arbor Greene are one Erik-Hajek-ball-toss away, and HG Heat Stroke is, well, you know.

Has anyone ever played an entire 10-match season involving four different clubs and had to drive only 6 total miles plus one trip to Brandon?

Come to think of it, the Heat Strokes got it pretty good too. After opening the season with four away matches, they play their last six matches at Hunter’s Green

Here’s the schedule for both local squads:
May 15: Heat Strokes @ Harbour Island
May 22: Heat Strokes @ Arbor Green
May 29: No matches, Memorial Day and birthday weekend of one John C. Cotey.

June 5: Green Machine @ West Meadows; Heat Strokes at BSAC
June 12: Green Machine @ Arbor Greene; Heat Strokes @ West Meadows
June 19: Green Machine @ Harbour Island.
July 10: Green Machine @ BSAC.
July 17: Harbour Island @ Green Machine; Arbor Green @ Heat Strokes
July 24: Green Machine @ West Meadows; BSAC @ Heat Strokes
July 31: Arbor Green @ Green Machine; West Meadows @ Heat Strokes
Aug. 14: BSAC @ Green Machine; Harbour Island @ Heat Strokes.

I’LL TUMBLE FOR YA: The 3.5 doubles team of Erik Hajek and John Cotey captured the championship at the recent 29th Annual Morning Star Classic, against less-than-stellar competition. The HG tandem picked up 6-0, 6-2 and 6-0, 6-1 wins to roll to the trophy tumbler.


Erik Hajek

In mixed action, Cotey and Cherie Smith faced much stiffer competition, but made them look bad, rolling to three straight-set victories to claim that title. Cotey was able to trade his second tumbler of the day for a nifty blue visor, and fun was had by all, especially after Cherie’s husband Clayton showed up with a thermos full of Moscow Mules.

40 AND THEN SOME, INDEED: Bob Schmidt’s Over-40 squad in the 3.5 division is surprising some people with its 2-1 start. Forty-and-then-some (FATS) has already defeated defending champion Cheval, and last week knocked off HCC in a mild surprise as Peter Boutell and Jim Jones completed a sweep of singles and the Two-Times-40 duo of 80-something Don Peterson and almost-80 Bruce Bursack won at doubles.

We weren’t sure any team of two players whose total age was 160 had ever won a 3.5 league doubles match, but now the grizzled vets have won twice, each time providing the winning margin in a 3-2 team victory. Schmidt’s crew is right in the middle of the playoff mix, and if they can manage to run the table (with two of the tougher teams already in its rearview mirror) the kind of trip to sectionals they do documentaries on could be in order.

AROUND DA CLUB: If you’re wondering what the local yokels are up to….Cotey and Lara Slatniske are giving Ultimate Tennis mixed doubles a whirl, and so far are 2-0 in the 4.0 division. But the schedule is about to get hairy….in the MpTennis Ladder, Stephen Hunter is playing in the C ladder and already has a 9-3 record and is No. 2 on the ladder after jumping up from No. 5 with a big win last week. Hunter is coming off a 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 6 on the ladder on Sunday and holding firm… Julie Sakre, one of our 3.0 aces on the mixed squad, broke out of a mini-slump by beating a 3.5 in straight sets (6-1, 6-3) at No. 2 singles in USTA action  two weeks ago….. John Slatniske continues to impress, working the mornings at Panera where he spends 3 hours wondering what he will have for lunch, before moving his laptop to a lunch place where he eat lunch and ponders what he will be eating for dinner.






About johncotey

John was a sportswriter and columnist for the St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay Times for 25 years, before being pushed from the Titantic, and hopes all of you non-subscribers are happy reading your free news on the internets while his journalism brethren suffer. Not that he's not bitter or anything. His real true joys, however, are his wife, kids and tennis, though not necessarily in that order. Unless his wife is reading this. Then DEFINITELY in that order.
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One Response to Green Machine Notebook

  1. Andy Ritter says:

    Nice recap Cotey!


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