2006 Highland Open
November 18th & 19th
Highland, IN







Playing Results from the 3rd Annual Highland Open
by Dan Cochran


The third annual Highland Open Table Tennis Tournament was held on November 18th -19th at the Lincoln Center Fieldhouse in Highland, IN.  This 3-star event featured 32 tables in excellent playing conditions that attracted 181 players from a dozen states.  Prize money and trophies exceeded $3,500 for the 19 rating, age and open events.  The South Bend TTC was the organizer of the tournament, which was sponsored by Lake County ’s South Shore Sports Promotions, and Highland Parks & Recreation.

In the Open Singles, Chicago’s Sasa Drinic cruised through the early rounds and defeated 5-Time US Men’s Champion Dan Seemiller Sr of New Carlisle, 4-1 in the semifinals.  All continued to go in Drinic’s favor as he took a commanding 3 games to 1 lead over Mishawaka’s Mark Hazinski in the final.  Hazinski then began to mount his comeback, showing the form that earned him a spot on the 2004 Athens Olympic games.   Drinic and Hazinski electrified the appreciative crowd with an astonishing array of shots from all over the court.  In the end, Hazinski was too strong, and claimed the championship prize with a 4-3 victory. 

In an equally exciting match, it was Hazinski and Seemiller Sr teaming up to win the Open Doubles championship by defeating Drinic and Paul Pashuku, 4 games to 1. 

In an event featuring two of the nation’s top junior players, Joe Cochran beat his South Bend teammate AJ Brewer 3 games to 1 in the finals of the Under Age 18 Event.  Brewer, as a member of the US Cadet team recently returned from a three week training camp in China , and the World Cadet Championships in Serbia .  Cochran will be representing the United States in the World Junior Championships in Egypt next month.

Brewer’s 9 year old brother CJ also had an impressive showing, before losing in the finals of the Under Age 14 Event 3-1 to Natalia Snigurskaya of Montgomery, IL.

Finalists in all 19 events were as follows:

Event 01 - Open Singles by a score of 4-3
Mark Hazinski (Mishawaka) defeated Sasa Drinic (Chicago)

Event 02 - Open Doubles by a score of 4-1
Hazinski and Dan Seemiller Sr (New Carlisle) defeated Drinic and Paul Pashuku (Chicago)

Event 03 - Over Age 40 by a score of 3-0
Seemiller Sr defeated Dave Sakai (Maryland)

Event 04 - Over Age 50 by a score of 3-0
Seemiller Sr defeated Sakai


Event 05 - Under 2550 by a default
Seemiller Sr defeated Drinic

Event 06 - Under 2400 by a score of 3-2
Joe Cochran (South Bend) defeated Phil Tam (Chicago)

Event 07 - Under 2250 by a score of 3-0
AJ Brewer (South Bend) defeated Pashuku

Event 08 - Under 2125 by a score of 3-0
Dan Seemiller Jr (New Carlisle) defeated Robert Powell (Columbus , OH)

Event 09 - Under 2000 by a score of 3-2
Tomasz Jablonski (Mt Prospect, IL) defeated Brian Figg (Overland Park, KS)
Event 10 - Under 1875 by a score of 3-2
Bruce Harris (Wheeling , IL) defeated Raymond Sacco (Kenwood , MI)

Event 11 - Under 1750 by a score of 3-2
Ronald Li (Chicago) defeated William Thompson (Ludington, MI)

Event 12 - Under 1625 by a score of 3-1
James Engstrom (Muskegon) defeated Deepak Somarapu (Palatine)

Event 13 - Under 1500 by a score of 3-0
Kevin Lau (Chicago) defeated Benjamin Gross (Lisle, IL)

Event 14 - Under 1350 by a score of 3-1
Michael DelBello (Ft. Wayne) defeated Rich Buttonhoff (Bollingbrook, IL)

Event 15 - Under 1200 by a score of 3-2
John Shedadeh (Palatine) defeated Drew Wilson (Kokomo)

Event 16 - Under 1000 by a score of 3-2
Dean Ginther (Rapid City, MI) defeated Sam White (Bristol)

Event 17 - Under 800 by a score of 3-1
Wilson defeated Michael Organ (Wilmette, IL)

Event 18 - Under Age 14 by a score of 3-1
Natalia Snigurskaya (Montgomery, IL) defeated CJ Brewer (South Bend)

Event 19 - Under Age 18 by a score of 3-1
Joe Cochran defeated AJ Brewer (South Bend)

All are reminded to mark their calendars for the 43rd St. Joseph Valley Open, also a 3-star event, which will be held at Indiana University at South Bend on March 17-18.  This offers the best opportunity of the year for local fans to watch live, high level table tennis.


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