First Pittston Area USTA Middle States Rally Stars tennis camp teaches fundamentals


By Nick Wagner - [email protected]



Gianna Depietropaolo, 10, of Pittston, left, loosens up with other girls at the Middle States Rally Stars Summer Tennis Camp in Hughestown on Wednesday morning.


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Carlena Lizza, 9, of Yatesville, front, loosens up with other girls at the Middle States Rally Stars Summer Tennis Camp in Hughestown on Wednesday morning.


Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

Sarah Connors, 10, left, returns the ball ahead of Grace Petro, 11, both of Duryea, at the Middle States Rally Stars Summer Tennis Camp in Hughestown on Wednesday morning.


Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

Sadie Gregory, 10, of Pittston, right, returns a serve as Jacob Hull, 11, of Duryea, watches at the Middle States Rally Stars Summer Tennis Camp in Hughestown on Wednesday morning.


Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

Volunteer coach Kelly O’Malley of Jenkins Township, left, demonstrates a follow-through to her daughter Brenna, 7, during the Middle States Rally Stars Summer Tennis Camp in Hughestown on Wednesday morning.


Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

Alana Craig, 8, of Avoca, back, returns the ball to Bella Franchetti, 7, of Avoca, at the Middle States Rally Stars Summer Tennis Camp in Hughestown on Wednesday morning.


Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

Seven-year-old Brennan Callahan of Pittston practices racquet control with a bean bag during the Middle States Rally Stars Summer Tennis Camp in Hughestown on Wednesday morning.


Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

HUGHESTOWN — More than 30 youngsters came out to the first Middle States Rally Stars Summer Tennis Camp sponsored by the Pittston Area girls tennis team held Monday through Thursday, July 18-21.

The camp, designed for children in kindergarten through fourth grade, was held at the Pittston Area tennis courts at the Martin L. Mattei Middle School. The participants were treated to four days of instruction from United States Tennis Association (USTA) certified instructors.

Money for the summer camp was issued via a grant from the USTA. The grant allowed the team to buy equipment, which included smaller rackets and nets, snacks and T-shirts. Each camper received a T-shirt.

Each counselor for the camp, which included members of the Pittston Area girls tennis team, took a course and became certified 10-and-under instructors. USTA Middle States Tennis Service Rep Renee Lentz was also on hand for the event.

“This program really focused on the fundamentals,” camp organizer Susan Connors said. “It’s meant to be fun and fast-paced, and keep the kids engaged.”

Pittston Area tennis coach Amanda Carmody was pleased her team was there to help the younger generations of tennis players in the Greater Pittston area.

“My girls were absolutely amazing this week,” she said. “I’m so proud of them for their hard work and their dedication to the camp. Using that in our season can bring more girls in. We’re trying to bring tennis back to life.”

The camp maxed out at 32 participants, and some had to be turned away, Connors said.

The group of participants were divided into eight teams: royal blue, cardinal, orange, cherry, lime, Irish, daisy and sapphire. Throughout the four-day camp, the participants learned fundamentals, and also played competitive matches.

“This was focused on the fact that it’s a sport you can play your entire life,” Connors said.

Monies raised from the camp will go to help with the tennis team’s end-of-year banquet, senior night and equipment. Connors and Carmody hope this is something the team can do every year, with approval of the school district.

“We’re trying to build it,” Carmody said. “Think of the future, if these kids have been playing since grade school, we’ll be a top competitor within the state.”

Gianna Depietropaolo, 10, of Pittston, left, loosens up with other girls at the Middle States Rally Stars Summer Tennis Camp in Hughestown on Wednesday morning.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_PSD072416TennisCamp_spt_72016720221354296.jpgGianna Depietropaolo, 10, of Pittston, left, loosens up with other girls at the Middle States Rally Stars Summer Tennis Camp in Hughestown on Wednesday morning. Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

Carlena Lizza, 9, of Yatesville, front, loosens up with other girls at the Middle States Rally Stars Summer Tennis Camp in Hughestown on Wednesday morning.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_PSD072416TennisCamp_spt_62016720221410394.jpgCarlena Lizza, 9, of Yatesville, front, loosens up with other girls at the Middle States Rally Stars Summer Tennis Camp in Hughestown on Wednesday morning. Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

Sarah Connors, 10, left, returns the ball ahead of Grace Petro, 11, both of Duryea, at the Middle States Rally Stars Summer Tennis Camp in Hughestown on Wednesday morning.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_PSD072416TennisCamp_spt_52016720221418593.jpgSarah Connors, 10, left, returns the ball ahead of Grace Petro, 11, both of Duryea, at the Middle States Rally Stars Summer Tennis Camp in Hughestown on Wednesday morning. Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

Sadie Gregory, 10, of Pittston, right, returns a serve as Jacob Hull, 11, of Duryea, watches at the Middle States Rally Stars Summer Tennis Camp in Hughestown on Wednesday morning.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_PSD072416TennisCamp_spt_42016720221428737.jpgSadie Gregory, 10, of Pittston, right, returns a serve as Jacob Hull, 11, of Duryea, watches at the Middle States Rally Stars Summer Tennis Camp in Hughestown on Wednesday morning. Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

Volunteer coach Kelly O’Malley of Jenkins Township, left, demonstrates a follow-through to her daughter Brenna, 7, during the Middle States Rally Stars Summer Tennis Camp in Hughestown on Wednesday morning.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_PSD072416TennisCamp_spt_32016720221450638.jpgVolunteer coach Kelly O’Malley of Jenkins Township, left, demonstrates a follow-through to her daughter Brenna, 7, during the Middle States Rally Stars Summer Tennis Camp in Hughestown on Wednesday morning. Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

Alana Craig, 8, of Avoca, back, returns the ball to Bella Franchetti, 7, of Avoca, at the Middle States Rally Stars Summer Tennis Camp in Hughestown on Wednesday morning.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_PSD072416TennisCamp_spt_22016720221459640.jpgAlana Craig, 8, of Avoca, back, returns the ball to Bella Franchetti, 7, of Avoca, at the Middle States Rally Stars Summer Tennis Camp in Hughestown on Wednesday morning. Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

Seven-year-old Brennan Callahan of Pittston practices racquet control with a bean bag during the Middle States Rally Stars Summer Tennis Camp in Hughestown on Wednesday morning.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_PSD072416TennisCamp_spt_12016720221511805.jpgSeven-year-old Brennan Callahan of Pittston practices racquet control with a bean bag during the Middle States Rally Stars Summer Tennis Camp in Hughestown on Wednesday morning. Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

By Nick Wagner

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Reach Nick Wagner at 570-991-6406 or on Twitter @Dispatch_Nick

Reach Nick Wagner at 570-991-6406 or on Twitter @Dispatch_Nick

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