Warren High School sophomore Scott Seiler serves during an 18-under doubles match. He won the men’s division title with Neil Shah and won the boys 18-under title with Braden Ward. | SUBMITTED PHOTO
1st — Neil Shah (Gurnee)/Scott Seiler (Gurnee) def. Rick Paisley (Gurnee)/Randy Paisley (Chicago) 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2).
3rd — Samuel Gudeman (Gurnee)/John Westerberg (Gurnee) def. Braden Ward (Antioch)/Kevin Boudreau (Antioch) 6-2, 7-6 (2).
1st — Braden Ward (Antioch)/Scott Seiler (Gurnee) def. Samuel Gudeman (Gurnee)/John Westerberg (Gurnee) 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.
1st — Caleb Gudeman (Gurnee)/Daniel Nystrom (Lake Villa) def. Jacob Andersen (Gurnee)/Parker Friedlander (Gurnee) 6-3, 6-1.
Updated: October 8, 2013 6:02AM
Perhaps the top story to come out of the doubles tennis tournament in Gurnee last weekend was not who won, but who finished second.
Warren High School’s Booster Club has held a doubles tournament for men and boys each Labor Day weekend for the last four years, and each time, Rick Paisley of Gurnee has participated — and finished second in the men’s division.
This year, he and his brother, Randy Paisley who lives in Chicago, were edged by Neil Shah and Scott Seiler of Gurnee 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2).
“Rick is one of the finest doubles players I have watched,” said tourney director Greg Cohen, who is the varsity boys tennis coach at Warren. Proceeds from this event go to the school’s boys tennis program.
Paisley has had several daughters play at Warren and his youngest son, Tyler, now is a freshman at Warren.
In the 18-under division, Braden Ward of Antioch and Seiler of Gurnee went 4-0 to finish first.
In the 15-under division, Caleb Gudeman of Gurnee and Daniel Nystrom of Lake Villa went 4-0 to win the title.
“Scott Seiler played great tennis on Sunday during the final of the men’s doubles,” said Cohen. “It is a great achievement for Scott to win both the men’s and the 18s.”
He also praised Warren High’s Neil Shah who teamed with Nick Skradski of Gurnee and finished third in the 18-under group. “Neil is one of the hardest-working kids that we have and he has had the greatest improvement,” said Cohen. “He is one of our captains for next year’s (Warren High) team and this tournament showed that his effort during the past three months has catapulted him into the spotlight.”
Gudeman (a two-time state qualifier for Warren in doubles) is still coming back from the effects of a concussion that kept him out of much of the spring season.
“Samuel is probably about 75 percent at this point,” said Cohen. “We are hoping that he will be fully recovered by next season. John is one of the finest young men that I have ever coached. His personality and leadership will lead us next spring. They had a good tournament considering the circumstances.”