Experience was king on the penultimate day of the renewed City Championships.
Saturday, veterans ousted three high school stars at Bossier Tennis Center to set up a Sunday showdown among the top four seeds.
Top-seeded Joel McGregor of Monroe defeated Calvary Baptist Academy star Andrew Otzenberger (6-3, 6-4) to set up a semifinal match against Shreveport’s Todd Killen, the No. 3 seed who eliminated Dakotah Bobo of Loyola College Prep, 7-6, 6-4.
The singles semifinals will begin at 10 a.m. The championship match of the tournament — dark for nearly a decade before Jeffrey Goodman spearheaded its return — is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.
The McGregor-Killen winner will face the winner of John Gray Pou and Anthony McMaster for the championship.
Fourth-seeded Pou, an LSU product, defeated Loyola’s Stafford Yerger 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday. No. 2 McMaster advanced to the semifinals after No. 5 seed Kirk Fisher retired down a set and 2-0.
The doubles field included former Airline, LSU and Major League Baseball star Todd Walker. The doubles final is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The City Championships has produced top-level talent during its rich history. Nine-time winner Andy Lloyd, once a quarterfinalist in the U.S. Open, was on hand for Saturday’s action. In 2003, 11-year-old Ryan Harrison, currently the No. 56 player in the world, lost to his father Pat Harrison, in the championship match.
If You Go
City Tennis Championships
Sunday, Bossier Tennis Center
Schedule: Singles semifinals, 10 a.m.; final, 2:30 p.m. Doubles final, 12:30 p.m.