Weinberg spreads ability in many sports
By PATRICK BAHR
Spencer Weinberg enjoys tennis, is good at tennis, but isn’t ready to focus only on tennis.
The 14-year-old will be a freshman at Grand Junction High School this fall, and spent last spring not on the tennis courts but juggling lacrosse and soccer.
“The assumption is he plays all the time,” Spencer’s father, Jeff, said. “But he plays basketball, plays lacrosse, plays soccer. He loves competition, and I don’t know if he loves one sport.”
Weinberg spends time on several different fields of play, but his future might be with a racket. According to tennisrecruiting.net, Weinberg is a four-star recruit, and he said he hopes to play No. 1 singles at Grand Junction as a freshman.
If Friday was any indication, he’ll be a contender for that spot this fall.
Weinberg began his day by winning the 18-under boys singles final in the Taco Bell Western Slope Open over Isaac Brown 6-2, 6-3 at Canyon View Park.
It’s the second straight year that Weinberg has won the 18-under age bracket.
“This year I was just redeeming my title,” Weinberg said. “Isaac is a great player, so I had to stay strong, keep it deep to him, and not give him any easy balls.”
Weinberg controlled the two sets with his big forehand from the baseline. He was also able to get points by executing tough shots around the net.
“I knew his forehand was really good,” Brown said. “I couldn’t get it to his backhand enough, so his forehand destroyed me.”
Weinberg has been playing in USTA Intermountain tournaments and gaining experience playing some of the toughest 14-year-olds in the region.
“I’m going to a tournament in Salt Lake in a couple weeks,” Weinberg said. “I’ll be playing some good competition.”
Weinberg had a busy Friday after his win over Brown. He made his way from Canyon View Park to Mesa State College’s courts to play his first-round match against Sean Gueck of Montrose in the men’s open division. This is the first year Weinberg is playing in the open division.
“I decided to give open a try,” Weinberg said. “I have nothing to lose, it’s more competition, and it will help get me prepared for the Intermountain tournament.”
After his match with Gueck, which he won 6-3, 6-0, Weinberg teamed up with Parker Hegstrom to play in the 18-under doubles finals. The two defeated Grand Junction High School’s No. 1 doubles team of Charlie Reicks and Sam Morgan 7-6, 6-1.
Weinberg’s next match was in the open division against former Durango High School
No. 1 singles player Zach Gottlieb. Weinberg was handed his first loss of the tournament, 6-0, 6-2.
His day wasn’t over, though. He and his sister, Samantha, teamed up to win the mixed doubles final 6-1, 6-2 over Lindsey Henke and Antonio Pestello.
“It’s Taco Bell, I’m out here to have fun,” Weinberg said.
Luke Ledebur defeated Max Demby 6-2, 7-6 in the 16-under boys final and Jacob Filutze defeated Daniel Ness 7-6, 6-4 in the 14-under final.
Dylan Behr won the 12-under bracket with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Matt Harris.
On the girls side, Nancy Benda won both the 18-under and 16-under final. She defeated Courtney Bender in the older division 6-2, 6-0, and dropped Alex Proietti in the 16-under final 6-1, 6-0.
Sara Zilm defeated Claire Dorfman in the 14 singles championship match 6-4, 6-2, Aubrey Blocker won the 12 singles final defeating Carolena Campos 7-5, 6-7, 7-6 and Melissa Lamette won the 10-year-old final, defeating Tayvia Voytilla 6-2, 7-6.