Barney Franklin

My name is Christopher, I was born and raised here in Colo, suburbs of Denver! I somehow managed a degree at CU Boulder. I currently live in Denver where we have great weather, people, music, and mexican food!  Unfortunately, I have a full-time job that does not involve blogging.  I typically sit at my desk for 40 hours a week and listen to music/blog to prevent poking my own eyes out.  Sometimes work is fun, but only sometimes… Tennis is my favorite sport!  I play competitively in tournaments and league!  I also teach/coach a little bit on the side.  I am a big nerd, I enjoy my gaming and still get upset when I lose in “Settlers of Cataan” (Its kinda a big deal!).

Below is a somewhat amusing article that was written for the Longmont Open Tennis Tournament.  I lost in the finals and obtained a ridiculous speeding ticket beforehand >.<

Pilot lands Open title
Wheat Ridge man tops CU student in final

Brad Cochi, Longmont Times-Call
Published: June 28, 2009
LONGMONT — The third annual Longmont Open ended Saturday with a matchup of experience versus youth when 57-year-old Steve Fisher defeated 21-year-old Christopher Deboer 6-2, 7-6 in the finals at Longmont High School.

Fisher, a commercial airline pilot from Wheat Ridge, had myriad reasons to explain why he wanted to defeat the aggressive young power server from Boulder.

Maybe Fisher wanted to exact a bit of revenge on the alumnus from perennial state prep tennis title holder Cherry Creek, his son’s high school rival. Or maybe he wanted to get back at the youngster for defeating his United Airlines co-pilot Ross Becker in the semifinals.

Whatever it was, Fisher was determined to play defensively and pit the wisdom of experience against the impulsiveness of youth.

“I saw he had a great forehand, so I tried to stay away from that and make sure to get my serves in,” Fisher said. “I sort of like playing kids like this, because most of the time I just keep it in play and they hit enough of them out, like today. If they’re good enough to beat me, then hats off to them.”

Instead of cruising coast to coast, Fisher cruised from sideline to sideline in the first set. He returned attack after attack from the University of Colorado student, who ignored his mother’s cries for patience from the stands.

The aviator took the first set easily. Then, up 5-0 in the second leg of the match, Fisher’s celebration was delayed when Deboer settled in to force the second set to a tie-breaker.

“I thought I had him at five-love, but he got solid that second set, and maybe I got a little tired,” Fisher said. “He relaxed, played better and got back into the match.

“I was lucky to win that set. It could have gone either way. It would have been a tough one for me to handle. I was ready for a third set, though.”

Fisher won the tie-breaker 7-5 on a close line shot from Deboer that landed just out. A testament to the friendly nature of the match, Deboer called the shot out himself when no one else could see it.

The honest Deboer had already suffered the impatience of youth prior to the 8 a.m. final match.

Rushing to make his first 4.5 finals, he was caught traveling 97 mph in a 55-miles-per-hour zone. Deboer said the officer told him it was the fastest speeding ticket he had written in six years. Likely a Longmont Open record as well.

“These early games are killing me,” Deboer said. “I still had fun, though. Steve was great.”

Upon hearing the news, Deboer’s mother and doubles partner cried out, “And you didn’t even win!”

Rivalry and pre-game drama aside, both players said they enjoyed the inviting atmosphere at the Longmont Open, a week long event which featured 215 competitors of all skill levels.

“The thing I like about tournaments is that you get a lot of people out here to play and everybody doesn’t have to be a great player,” Fisher said. “You play a lot of people and you make a lot of friends.”

Mike Gunderson, the tournament director, said the tournament’s consolation bracket is what draws a balanced crowd to the Longmont Open. The consolation bracket guarantees every player two matches.

“Most of the comments I get from people are that they love the fact that we have a consolation bracket,” Gunderson said. “I think it separates us from some of the other tournaments.”

This, Gunderson’s first year directing the tournament, will be his last. He will not organize the 2010 Longmont Open because he cannot fit it into his schedule. Gunderson said the Longmont Open, which has grown every year since it began in 2007, will continue in his absence.

Deboer said he will be back in 2010. As for Fisher and a potential rematch, it will depend on his flight schedule.

“If I have the week off, I will definitely be back,” Fisher said. “I have to defend my title.”


Men’s Singles

4.5: Steve Fisher def. Christopher Deboer, 6-2, 7-6(5).

4.0: Bobby Soltani def. Will Wilson, WD.

3.5: Craig Martin def. Shawn D. Bandel, 6-3, 6-4.

3.0: Matthew J. Steele def. Miroslaw Ostaszewski, 6-3, 6-4.


Women’s Singles

4.0: Debra Brown def. Gail S. Hill, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

3.5: Veronique M. Foulon def. Krystal Pedersen, 6-2, 6-2.

3.0: Jennifer Arndt def. Patty Orban, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

2.5: Becky Adams def. Christie Spencer, 7-6(3), 7-6(5).


Men’s Doubles

4.5: Monty Johnson/John White def. Ross Becker/Matt Murdock, 4-6, 7-5, 1-0.

4.0: Eric Eiseman/Dan McGlothlin vs. Bobby Soltani/Jeff Teebken (result not available).

3.5: John Bogoslofski/John Schroeder def. Luke Kunselman/Dac Vihn Nguyen, 6-2, 0-6, 6-2.


Women’s Doubles

4.0: Luanne Austin/Lisa Christie def. Margaret Bach/Mona Jones, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

3.5: Hilarie Gutierrez/Sarah Mitelhaus def. Jean Goldstein/Diane Gorczynski, 6-4, 6-1.

3.0: Mia Morrison/Heather Wirth def. Mary Ehrets/Susan Williams, 6-2, 6-3.


Mixed Doubles

4.0: B. Ronald Elms/Erika Quane def. Timmy Bromell/Kim Christopherson, 6-4, 7-5.

3.5: Nina Pater/Tim Pater def. Craig Martin/Pat Noyes, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

3.0: Holly Howkinson/Edwin Salem def. Parker Dodd/Amy Dodd, 6-2, 2-6, 1-0.

Steve Fisher returns a shot against Christopher Deboer during the men’s 4.5 championship match of the Longmont Open on Saturday at Longmont High School.

Lewis Geyer/Times-Call

Christopher Deboer returns a shot against Steve Fisher on Saturday during the Longmont Open.

Lewis Geyer/Times-Call

Copyright 2009, Daily Times-Call, The (Longmont, CO). All rights reserved.

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