Tennis tournament

Multiple groups participated in both singles and doubles throughout the morning tennis event.

The Socorro Tennis Association hosted its annual Vickie and Ernest Moore Tournament on October 26 as part of its ongoing 2019 seasonal event schedule. Beginning at 9 a.m. at Sedillo Park, competition featured both men’s and women’s singles as well as doubles.

Vickie and Ernest were the original founders of the STA over 50 years ago with Nina Vandenberg having recently taking over as president of the group.

“This is a great way to spend your day here in the community,” she said. “All ages and all skill levels are welcome to have fun. Our group is about enjoying Tennis both recreationally as well as staying competitive.”

A tournament that at one time was a two day event, the 2019 turnout was one of the associations lesser attended, which was disappointing for Vice-President Gayle Rhodes. She has been involved with the group for over 25 years.

“We reached out to New Mexico Tech and other clubs,” she said. “It was a busy weekend in Socorro for us to land on this particular year. But that’s fine. We’re always out here supporting the sport of tennis and happy to have anyone that wants to come out and join us.”

Courts one and two were open with men’s on one and women’s on two. Varying skill levels and age groups were on in attendance. Tech student Rozrikk Abo-abo was playing for the first time. Mark Nolen was partners with Boski Baker, twenty plus years his junior. Over $300 in prizes were donated by the Moore family for winners in both singles and doubles.

Vandenberg also showcased 12 recently planted trees on the south side of the court that, when further grown, will have plaques of local donors that include; Duotrope, Romero’s Plumbing, Ernest and Vicki Moore, Leo and Charlene Rosas (in memory), El Camino Restaurant, Socorro New Mexico Tennis Association, City of Socorro, Don Juan Medina (in memory), Paul and Gayle Rhodes, Gerry and Nina Vandenberg, Bodega Burger co., Paul Harris (in memory).

The custom made plaques will be displayed along the fencing of the tennis court behind each individual tree planted with the plan to install twelve more trees on the north side of the courts early next spring.

“Our community has been so good in supporting us,” Vandenberg said. “Spin City Laundromat right across the street helped us in getting water to these trees. Having vibrant green around the court is always beautiful and helps to get players out and wanting to play tennis.”

The STA plays recreationally three days a week with a tournament involving cash prizes every second Saturday of the month. To find out availability e-mail Gayle Rhodes at

Top Finishers:

Rozrikk Abo-abo - Women’s singles, 6-1, 6-0.

Gilberto Gonzalez and Boski Baker - Men’s singles, tie called 6-3, 7-6, 7-4 match.

Mark Nolen and Boski Baker - Men’s doubles, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6.

Nina Vandenberg and Rozrikk Ado-abo - Women’s doubles, 6-2, 6-4.