Bryce Bonin has big day at Post-Tribune Tennis Classic
By Kevin O’Keefe Post-Tribune correspondent July 24, 2013 9:04PM
Luke Sanderson of Wheatfield competes in doubles play during the 2013 Post-Tribune Tennis Classic at Valparaiso University on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. His doubles partner was Bryce Bonin of Crown Point. | Michael Gard~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 26, 2013 4:32PM
VALPARAISO — Bryce Bonin will enter Crown Point High School as a freshman in a couple weeks, but he certainly played older than his 14 years of age.
Bonin won the 16-and-under singles championship, the 14-and-under doubles championship with partner Bradyn Malee and the 18-and-under doubles championship with friend Luke Sanderson on Wednesday at the Post-Tribune Tennis Classic at Valparaiso University.
“I’m about to turn 15 this year and it was exciting to win,” said Bonin. “I played against a lot of kids here that I’ll be seeing on the courts in high school. Hopefully, I make varsity at Crown Point as a freshman so I will be seeing a lot of these guys in high school. I can’t wait for the whole team experience in high school. We should have an awesome team at Crown Point.”
Bonin, who has been playing tennis for about 10 years, defeated Anthony Kendall 6-2, 6-1 in the 16-and-under singles final and Malee and Bonin beat Matthew Jewison and Sam Klumpe 6-2, 6-0 in the 14-and-under doubles final.
Bonin and Sanderson won their semifinal match against Dominic Peretin and Carson Hodgewerf 6-2, 6-0 and defeated Anthony Kendall and Peter Williams 6-0, 6-2 for the doubles championship.
Sanderson, who will be a senior this year at Kankakee Valley and is the son of KV coach Reggie Sanderson, is looking at Notre Dame, Air Force Academy and Florida Gulf Coast as possibilities to continue his tennis career.
“He’s super good for his age,” Sanderson said of Bonin. “I was all over the place last week playing; I flew in after playing a tournament in Florida on Friday and had a tournament in Rockford (Ill.) on Saturday morning.”
Valparaiso senior Peter Williams got a workout in win his 18-under singles final against Crown Point’s Boris Pavlovski.
The two went to a grueling third-set tiebreaker before Williams finally came out on top 7-5, 3-6, 10-8. Williams, who is not sure where he is going to college yet had high praise for his opponents.
“I faced Jack Hibbard in the semis. I’ve never played him before but I knew he would be tough,” said Williams. “I’ve faced Boris in the finals before and I know he is really good. It took a third-set tiebreaker to win and I beat him 10-8. He’s beat me the last two years here so it felt good to finally beat him.”