Juri Luncar, Mark Clements claim Chappypong tournament crowns

Vineyard Haven's Juri Luncar, right, took first place honors in the all island open table tennis, defeating runner up Arman Akgonul of Strasbourg, France. - Bob O'Rourke

All competition is relative, and while the Olympics attracted the big names, the competition was just as intense on Chappaquiddick where many of Martha’s Vineyard’s best ping-pong players squared off Sunday for the ninth annual all-Island Chappypong table tennis tournament, sponsored by the Chappaquiddick Community Center and Martha’s Vineyard Table Tennis Club (MVTTC).

Vineyard Haven’s Juri Luncar defeated runner-up Arman Akgonul of Strasbourg, France, in the championship match in straight games 3-0 to claim first place.

Mark Clements of Vineyard Haven took first place junior division honors in a close five-game championship match. He defeated runner-up Charlie Coughlin of Dedham.