Hegstrom hangs on at Community Hospital tourney
Ian Hegstrom couldn’t help but think about what happened last year. He didn’t want déjà vu.
Hegstrom made his first tennis tournament final in the Community Hospital Junior Tournament a year ago, but he had to default because of a migraine headache.
“I get migraines every two months,” Hegstrom said. “I was pretty nervous I’d get it again.”
Hegstrom not only played in the finals, he won his first singles title, defeating doubles partner Tommy Mahre 6-1, 6-0 to win the boys 16-and-under singles title Saturday evening at the Elliott Tennis Center.
He credited his experience at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch earlier this summer in New Braunfels, Texas.
“They helped me out,” Hegstrom said.
He said he has spent more time playing this summer, hoping to make the Grand Junction High School varsity team this fall as a sophomore, but that didn’t stop him from taking another mission trip with First Presbyterian Church. He was in New York City last week feeding the homeless.
“It was a lot of fun,” Hegstrom said. “Most of the people were happy, which was weird, because they don’t have houses. They were grateful.”
Last year, he went with his church on a mission trip to the Bahamas and helped shingle homes that had been damaged by hurricanes.
Hegstrom played doubles with Mahre, and the tandem took third place. They defeated Sam Shaver and Adam Down 6-2, 6-4.
“I wasn’t supposed to play doubles,” he said. “His doubles partner couldn’t make it, so I filled in.”
Hegstrom and Mahre had a chance to play for the title but lost in a third-set 10-point tiebreaker.
Carolena Campos, 15, won the girls 18-under singles title with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over 13-year-old Sarah Fleming.
“I had to make sure I was here mentally,” Campos said. “I couldn’t expect to just swing at the ball and win. I had to play smart.”
Campos hit a majority of her first serves in, kept the ball deep and went in to the net at times.
“I felt I was on top of my game today, and it showed on the court,” Campos said.
Campos said she plans to play several more tournaments this summer, including a few on the Front Range.
The Grand Junction High School No. 1 singles player wants to improve for her sophomore season next fall.
“I’ve been working hard to be at that level,” she said. “I may try an adult bracket at the Taco Bell (Western Slope Open).”
Her sister, Julianna Campos, won the girls 14-under singles title with a 4-6, 6-0, (10-5) victory over Tayvia Voytilla.
Josh Newhouse won the boys 12-under singles title with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Jackson Cesark.
Tourney Director Ron Elliott gave a sportsmanship award and a gift card to Donovan Marshall.
“He never complained,” Elliott said.
The 13-year-old played in the boys 16-under singles draw because there weren’t enough players for a 14-under bracket.