Weston claims 1st Modesto Open title

It took three hours for the top two seeds in the Modesto Open to finish a thrilling marathon championship.

Brad Weston of Aptos defeated Xavier Smith of Tulare 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, in what director Mark Fairchilds described as "one of the greatest finals we've ever had."

It was top-seeded Weston's first Modesto Open and Smith's second year as the USTA event's runner-up at the Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club.

Steffi Wong, a student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, was the women's winner after defeating Tracy Houk of San Francisco 6-3, 1-1, retired. Fairchilds said Houck was spent after upsetting No. 1 Whitney Jones 1-6, 7-6 (3), 7-5 in the morning semifinals.

Wong paired with Drew Jones to beat Fairchilds and Houk for the mixed doubles title, 6-2, 6-3.

Brian Cory and Rick Kepler defeated Denny Fafek and Smith in the men's open doubles final, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0.


The Cal State Stanislaus women's soccer team played Sacramento State to a scoreless draw in an exhibition game in Sacramento on Sunday. Goalkeepers Millie Brown and Jessica Sitarz each had three saves. Stanislaus plays Dominican in an exhibition game Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. in the new Warrior Stadium.


Turlock's Kevin Kramer drove in three runs and scored once Sunday as the U.S. 16-and-under team defeated the Czech Republic 18-1 in Taichung, Taiwan.

Ricky Jacquez of El Paso, Texas, struck out 11 of the 12 batters he faced, including the first nine in order. Team USA totaled 15 strikeouts in six innings and did not issue a walk.

Kramer drove in the first run on a sacrifice fly in the first inning. He also had an RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's 28-0 rout of Hong Kong.