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2011 US Open Registration live May 1st!

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Come back soon to register for this year’s 2011 USTA US Open Wheelchair Championships sponsored by The ROHO Group.

Find a Roommate for the US Open, St.Louis 2010

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Visit our find a roommate blog at

Find a roommate for the US Open St. Louis.

*The Confluence, USTA, and ITF are not responsible for paying for rooms if you do not find a roommate. You are entirely responsible for making your own reservations and finding your own roommate.

Registration is live for the 2010 US Open, St.Louis!

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Visit to sign up for this year’s 2010 USTA US Open Wheelchair Championships to be held in St. Louis, MO on August 31 – September 5, 2010.

Information for Open and Lettered Players and their guests and coaches are also available on the website listed above.

Nearly any questions you may have can be answered by the information posted on that website.

Look forward to seeing you in St. Louis in August and September.

Best wishes,

The Confluence

A note about the 2010 US Open Championship

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The 2010 US Open USTA Wheelchair Championships will be held at Dwight Davis Tennis Center in Forest Park, St. Louis again this season. The dates are August 31 through September 5, 2010.

Open players will begin play on Tuesday August 31.

Lettered players will begin play on Thursday, September 2.

The tournament is fortunate to have great subsidies from the USTA and The ROHO Group.

The support will allow the US Open, St. Louis to be a No Fee Tournament.

We are still working on the Open Registration page on the website. We expect the registration page to be complete and ready for registrants to use on June 1.

Players will be responsible for their transportation to St. Louis and their hotel fees.

Hotel: The Open has secured a Block Agreement with the Parkway Hotel, which allows for a Single Occupancy Room at a rate of $132.81 (Tax Included) per night or a Double Occupancy Room at a rate of $66.41 (Tax Included) per person per night.  Note: If you choose to have a roommate, it will be your responsibility to make those arrangements and state that clearly to the Hotel when making your reservation.  The Open will NOT be responsible for arranging roommates and anyone without a roommate WILL be billed the Single Occupancy Rate. All prices are given in US Dollars and are near approximates.  The Parkway Hotel is a new property with spacious rooms and adequate door sizes with most rooms being set-up in the typical double queen bed configuration.

The Open asks that you contact the hotel directly to book your room nights.

Please make your reservation under Booking ID #2700

The Hotel Contact Information Is:

The Parkway Hotel
4550 Forest Park Avenue
St. Louis, MO  63108
Telephone:  (314) 256-7777
Toll-Free:  (866)-314-7700
FAX:  (314) 256-7999


Or click here to be directly linked to the Parkway Hotel’s reservation page:

As the time draws nearer to the tournament, please be sure to check the US Open Wheelchair Championship’s designated website for more updates.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in St. Louis.

2009 US Open USTA Wheelchair Championships results

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

The Gateway Confluence would like to congratulate all players on a successful tournament. Thank you for all your cooperation, and we look forward to seeing you again!

Men’s Wheelchair Open Singles

F(1) Shingo Kuneida d. (2) Stephane Houdet 7-6; 6-1

SF(2) Stephane Houdet d. (3) Maikel Scheffers 6-4; 0-6; 6-4

SF(1) Shingo Kuneida d. (4) Stefan Olssen 6-1; 6-1

Q(2) Stephane Houdet d. (8) Ronald Vink 6-2; 6-1

Men’s Wheelchair A Singles

F(1) David Williams d. Darryl Rahn 6-0; 6-2

PL(2) Tony Kurtenbach d. Randy Curry 6-4; 5-7; 6-3

SFDarryl Rahn d. (2) Tony Kurtenbach 6-2; 7-5

SF(1) David Williams d. Randy Curry 6-4; 6-2


CF(4) David Van Brunt d. Jared Rehm 6-4; 6-3

CS(4) David Van Brunt d. Greg Edwards 7-5; 6-4

CSJared Rehm d. Dean Oba 6-4; 2-6; 10-7

CQGreg Edwards d. Jerry Newman 6-1; 7-5

Men’s Wheelchair B Singles

F Andrew Gudmundson d. Cristobal Rivera 6-7; 6-4; 6-3

SF Andrew Gudmundson d. William Lehr 7-6; 6-0

SF Cristobal Rivera d. John Lin 6-3; 7-5

Q Andrew Gudmundson d. (2) Danny Quintana 4-6; 6-2; 6-0

Consolation: CF(1) Scott Cole d. Wally Lee 7-5; 6-4

CS Wally Lee d. Mark LaRotonda 6-2; 6-1

CS(1) Scott Cole d. Anand Selvaraj 6-0; 6-2

R1 Mark LaRotonda d. Luis Rivera 6-0; 7-6

Men’s Wheelchair C Singles

F Larry Orr d. (2) Keith Concar 6-4; 6-2

PL Christopher Parnell d. (3) Sunil Patel 6-2; 6-2

SF(2) Keith Concar d. (3) Sunil Patel 6-1; 4-6; 10-8

SF Larry Orr d. Christopher Parnell 6-3; 6-1


CF David Hartsek d. Daniel Michener 6-2; 6-2

CS David Hartsek d. Brent Bicket 4-6; 6-3; 10-3

CS Daniel Michener d. Aleki Fualau 6-3; 6-2

CQ David Hartsek d. JERRY VAUGHAN 7-5; 6-3

Women’s Open Singles

F(1) Esther Vergeer d. (2) Korie Homan 6-0; 3-6; 6-1

SF(2) Korie Homan d. (4) Jiske Griffioen 6-1; 6-1

SF(1) Esther Vergeer d. (3) Daniela DiToro 6-2; 6-2

Q(2) Korie Homan d. Dana Mathewson 6-0; 6-1

Womens’s Wheelchair A Singles

F Marianne Page d. Jillana Curry 6-3; 2-6; 2-6

SF Marianne Page d. Molly Rogers 6-0; 6-0

SF Jillana Curry d. (1) Brittany Barrett 6-2; 6-4

Q Marianne Page d. Dawn Crawford 6-1; 6-1


CF(1) Brittany Barrett d. Dawn Crawford 6-3; 3-6; 6-3

CSDawn Crawford d. Molly Rogers 6-0; 6-0

CS(1) Brittany Barrett d. Donna Chapman 6-0; 6-2

Men’s Wheelchair Open Doubles

F(3) Ammerlaan/Kuneida d. (2) Scheffers/Vink 7-6; 2-6; 6-3

SF(2) Scheffers/Vink d. (4) Peifer/Saida 7-6; 6-2

SF(3) Ammerlaan/Kuneida d. (1) Houdet/Legner 6-3; 6-3

Q(2) Scheffers/Vink d. Mathieu/Tur 6-2; 6-0

Men’s Wheelchair A Doubles

F(1) Van Brunt/Williams d. Chapman/Matthews 6-4; 7-5

PL(2) Kurtenbach/Rahn d. Hart/Kyler 6-4; 4-6; 6-0

SFChapman/Matthews d. (2) Kurtenbach/Rahn 6-4; 6-0

SF(1) Van Brunt/Williams d. Hart/Kyler 6-2; 6-2

Men’s Wheelchair B Doubles

F Gudmundson/Nelson d. (1) Kelly/LaRotonda 6-2; 3-6; 10-8

PL Cole/Selvaraj d. Gant/Peirce 6-2; 6-4

SF Gudmundson/Nelson d. Gant/Peirce 7-6; 2-6; 7-6

SF(1) Kelly/LaRotonda d. Cole/Selvaraj 6-1; 6-2

Men’s Wheelchair C Doubles

F(1) Patel/Vaughn d. Concar/Michener 6-3; 7-6

PL Kingery/Parnell d. Bicket/Jordan 6-1; 6-2

SF Concar/Michener d. Kingery/Parnell 5-7; 6-3; 6-4

SF(1) Patel/Vaughn d. Bicket/Jordan 6-0; 6-0

Women’s Open Doubles

F(1) Griffioen/Homan d. DiToro/Shuker 6-4; 6-2

SF DiToro/Shuker d. (2) Van Koot/Vergeer 3-6; 6-2; 6-3

SF(1) Griffioen/Homan d. Mathewson/Whiley 6-3; 7-5

Q Mathewson/Whiley d. Soldan/Sporte 6-1; 6-2

Women’s Wheelchair A Doubles

RR Crawford/Page d. Barrett/Chapman 6-1; 6-1

RR Curry/Rogers d. Barrett/Chapman 3-6; 6-2; 10-3

RR Crawford/Page d. Curry/Rogers 6-3; 6-3

Quad Wheelchair Open Singles

F(1) David Wagner d. (2) Johan Andersson 6-1; 6-3

SF(2) Johan Andersson d. (3) Nick Taylor 0-6; 6-3; 6-1

SF(1) David Wagner d. Bryan Barten 6-3; 6-3

Q(2) Johan Andersson d. Lylah Bradford 6-2; 6-1

Quad Wheelchair A Singles

RR Vito Lucido d. Allen Hoemann 6-4; 5-7; 6-3

RR Bruce Fairbanks d. Anthony Lupp Wo (admin)

RR Bruce Fairbanks d. Allen Hoemann 6-2; 6-1

RR Dan Dorszynski d. Vito Lucido 6-0; 6-1

Quad Wheelchair Open Doubles

F(1) Taylor/Wagner d. (2) Andersson/Burdekin 6-3; 7-5

PL Jordan/McLean d. Dieleman/HunterDef (ns)

SF(2) Andersson/Burdekin d. Dieleman/Hunter 7-6; 6-4

SF(1) Taylor/Wagner d. Jordan/McLean 7-5; 6-1

Quad Wheelchair A Doubles

FDorszynski/Fairbanks d. Hoemann/Lucido 6-3; 6-0

Senior Wheelchair Open/A Doubles

F Moran/Quintana d. Bouvier/Proctor 8-5

SF Moran/Quintana d. Kurtenbach/Rahn 9-7

SF Bouvier/Proctor d. Esrey/Van Brunt 8-2

Q Kurtenbach/Rahn d. Landrum/Oba 8-0

Senior Wheelchair B/C Doubles

F Lee/Orr d. Kelly/Patel 8-0

SF Lee/Orr d. Gant/Singletary 8-2

SF Kelly/Patel d. Curry/Peirce 8-5

Q Lee/Orr d. Crawford/Hartsek 8-4

Men’s Wheelchair Open Singles Consolation

F(2) Lee Carter d. (1) Yann Mathieu 6-2; 6-1

SF(2) Lee Carter d. (3) Paul Moran 6-0; 6-1

SF(1) Yann Mathieu d. Pierre Fusade 6-1; 6-3

Q(2) Lee Carter d. Anatoly Polyatykin 6-2; 6-1

Women’s Wheelchair Open Singles Consolation

F(1) Lucy Shuker d. (2) Jordanne Whiley 6-1; 7-5

SF(2) Jordanne Whiley d. Denise Esrey 6-0; 6-0

SF(1) Lucy Shuker d. Jessica Sporte 6-0; 6-0

Quad Wheelchair Open Singles Consolation

F(1) David Jordan d. (2) Marc McLean 6-1; 6-3

SF(2) Marc McLean d. Greg Hastero 6-7; 6-3; 7-6

SF(1) David Jordan d. Grady Landrum 7-5; 6-0

Q Greg Hasterok d. Francois Trawalter 6-2; 6-4

Round Legend

F  =  Finals

QQ  =  Quarterfinal Qualifier

PL  =  Playoff

R5  =  Round 5

SF  =  Semifinals

5Q  =  Round 5 Qualifier

QF  =  Quarterfinals

R4  =  Round 4

16 =  Round of 16

4Q  =  Round 4 Qualifier

32  =  Round of 32

R3  =  Round 3

64 =  Round of 64

3Q  =  Round 3 Qualifier

128 =  Round of 128

R2  =  Round 2

256 =  Round of 256

R1  =  Round 1

RR  =  Round Robin

Baby Bicket Born!

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Brent & Lisa had a baby boy yesterday, Friday, August 21, 2009.
Alexander Tyler Bicket came in at 7 pounds even at 7:42 AM.
Brent says: “Though really tired, I am proud of my commitment to the birth
and I feel satisfied with my performance.
I stuck the landing and while the last 22 minute push was exhausting, I am
better today.”
This reporter noted that:
Lisa and young Alex. looked on lovingly at Dad and commiserated proudly with
his performance.

Send compliments to Brent at:

The Bicket’s
14 Florida Avenue
Belleville, IL  62221

Tennis Practice Schedule at Dwight Davis Tennis Center

Friday, July 24th, 2009

We will continue with tennis practices at Dwight Davis Tennis Center from 2 to 4 pm.
Prior to the US OPEN we will be in Forest Park on the following dates:
Sunday, July 26
Sunday, August 9
Saturday, August 15
Sunday, August 23
Saturday, August 29

Please check our website calendar for upcoming events.
Too please check in on the Home Page and look at the Recent News listings when we have threatening weather situations.
Hit balls! Hit many, many balls.

Tennis Program Moves Outdoors to Forest Park

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Beginning on Saturday, April 18th, The Confluence’s tennis program will meet at Dwight Davis Tennis Center in Forest Park. Instruction and play will take place on either Saturday or Sunday on most weekends throughout the spring and summer. Please check our Confluence Calendar for days and times. As always please drop us an email to let us know when you are coming and if you are in need of any equipment. This will help us provide the best experience for you.

Tennis is open to all ability levels, offers instruction in adaptive tennis (both wheelchair and stand up) and opportunities for play. For the more competive player, we hope you will join us to prepare for the 2009 US OPEN USTA Wheelchair Championships that we are hosting September 1-6 at Dwight Davis Tennis Center.

View Pictures from IHSA State Basketball Championships

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

There are two sources of pictures from the IHSA Tournament. You may click on our Picture link on the left for photos taken by Carrie Carpunky and Lyn Gerber. And you may visit to view hundreds of pictures taken by professionals.

Center Coast Places 2nd at IHSA State Basketball Tournament

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

On Saturday, March 14th the Confluence Center Coast Junior Basketball team earned IHSA State Runner-up distinction finishing with a 4-1 record in round robin play. Coast defeated the Peoria Wildcats soundly in the morning game and looked to be on track for a state title. The Windy City Warriors stopped Coasts’ winning streak in the championship game.

Coast played with a lot of heart in the final game, but couldn’t keep up with Windy City who had a a roster of 12 and a deep bench. Windy City came out pressing and jumped to a 16-2 lead in the first quarter. Coast could never recover, but also never gave up. Coaches Jim Dugan and Lyn Gerber are proud of their team and are already looking forward to next year.

While not placing too much emphasis on statistics, it is nice to be recognized for accomplishments. James Clark averaged over 26 points per game. Cameron Oestringer averaged over 17 ppg and Colin DeWitt averaged over 4 ppg. All three boys played some great defense and the team is looking forward to Colin playing a larger role on the offense next year. Austin Wilson is getting close to putting the ball through the hoop and learned a lot about defense in his first basketball tournament experience. Katelyn Carpunky who just turned eight also got a taste of big time basketball and in many ways was an MVP.  Her willingness to participate allowed Coast to compete in this great event.

Each team member will keep the IHSA Runner-up Plaque for a couple of weeks and display it proudly at their school because they really are representing their school as a varsity athlete on the Center Coast team. The Confluence simply provides the kids with the opportunity to participate, compete and have a ton of fun.

The Confluence is the only Disabled Sports Organization (DSO) for children in Southern Illinois. We would love to see our team grow. We know there are kids out there, but we need help in finding them. If you know of a child who might like to participate, please contact us.