Palisades High’s Spencer Pekar won the 15th annual South End Junior Open last week, defeating Luke Mountain of Irvine in three sets in the finals. The tournament is part of the K-Swiss/SCTA Summer Grand Prix Series. Coached by Erik Kortland at the Riviera Tennis Club, Pekar helped the Dolphins win the City Section team championship in May. The ninth-grader then teamed with senior Spencer Lewin to take third place in the All-City doubles tournament. Pekar was also the recipient of the SCTA’s 2008 Sportsmanship Award for his “exemplary conduct both on and off the court.” Spencer’s older brother Chase will play tennis at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia next fall. He will be in the school’s pre-law program and wants to pursue a career in politics.
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