Tennis | Janelle Wilson
Wilson did it again on Sunday.
The Godfrey native captured her third women’s singles championship at the Bud Simpson Open by beating Caroline Claywell in two sets in the title match at Lewis and Clark Community College.
“She’s a very good player,” Claywell said.
The performance earned Wilson this week’s AdVantage News Athlete of the Week award.
Wilson also won championships in 2013 and 2014. She finished second to Alexis Aranda in round-robin play in the 2015 tournament.
Wilson, who was the No. 1 seed in the women’s singles bracket, defeated Ashley Bonine in two sets in the semifinals to advance to the championship match against Claywell. Wilson lost a total of just four games in the tournament.
Wilson wrapped up her freshman season at the University of Nebraska Omaha this year. She graduated from Alton High in 2015, where she was named the AdVantage News Girls’ Tennis Player of the Year.
Tennis | Eddie Grabill
James Humphrey really enjoyed seeing Grabill play tennis.
“He’s got a fantastic game,” the Bud Simpson Open tournament director said. “One of the things I noticed about really good players and the difference I saw with him is when you make him run really fast to the corner and drag him way wide, he can still hit a great shot.”
Grabill, who is from Hinsdale, had a successful debut at the Bud Simpson Open over the weekend as he won the men’s singles championship. He defeated John Wu of West Chester, Pa., 6-2, 6-4 in the title match.
The effort earned Grabill this week’s AdVantage News Athlete of the Week award.
Grabill, who competed in the Bud Simpson Open for the first time, defeated Brendan Goldacker of Jerseyville, Radhakrishna Vishnubhotia of St. Louis and Mandeep Yadav of O’Fallon to advance to the championship match against Wu. Grabill was the No. 1 seed in the men’s singles bracket.