Local pickleball player Ed Lee is forming a FREE regional pickleball league. Players can sign up for different divisions in their skilll levels: Women's, Mixed, Men's, and Singles. Ed will send out each division's contact info, and teams then self-schedule their matches at an agreed upon time and place. Scores get reported back to Ed, who will keep track of everything and email division standings each week. At the end of the 6 week Round Robin, there will be a single elimination playoffs tournament. If this sounds like fun, contact Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-934-9799.
Congratulations to the following members for winning medals at the Pickleball Zone tournament in Bend, Oregon. This was a huge USAPA regional tournament with over 460 competitors. Thanks for making our club proud!
Mark Attwood (with Jo Ellen Southerland) won gold in Mixed Doubles 4.5:60+
David Pelton (with Kevin Schmalz) won gold in Mens Doubles 4.0:50+
Norm Readdy and Tom Bartley won silver in Mens Doubles 3.5:70+
Joyce May (with Michael Luevano) won silver in Mixed Doubles 5.0:65+,70+
Joanna Kean and David Pelton won silver in Mixed Doubles 4.0:50+
Lynn Fraser and Craig Fraser won silver in Mixed Doubles 4.0:70+,75+
Robyn Penwell and Jennifer Fritz won silver in Women's Doubles 4.0:19+,35+
Barb Bartley and Anita Readdy won bronze in Womens Doubles 4.0:65+,70+
Homer McCracken (with Alex Spinos) won bronze in Men's Doubles 4.0:70+,75+,80+
Connie Chambas and Sue Biller won silver in Women's Doubles 3.5:65+,70+
Our bi-monthly Round Robin Mixers were held the weekend of August 25-26. We ended up with 32 players in the lower division, and 48 players in the upper division.
First place: Mo Nard & Kingsley Lee
Second place: Dan Busch & Tony Biondi
First place: Kelly Andrews & Julie Ryce
Second place: Pamela Reilly & Keith Jensen
THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Round Robins and the raffles benefiting the Gene Ahner Scholarship Fund.
The 2nd annual Golden State Championships were held July 27-29 at Willow Pass Community Park in Concord, California. Over 550 players from all over the country signed up for this USAPA sanctioned event. Congratulations to the following members for winning medals in this very tough tournament!
Barbara Wise (with Michael Smith) won gold in Mixed Doubles Skill/Age Groups 4.5:50+,65+ 4.5:50+
Samantha Martinez (with Kimmie Lee) won gold in Womens Doubles Skill/Age Groups 3.0:35+
Edward Musgrave (with Jules Guy) won gold in Mixed Doubles Skill/Age Groups 3.0:65+
Duane Chinnow (with Bobbye Young-Mauchly) won silver in Mixed Doubles Skill/Age Groups 3.5:50+
Judy Musgrave and Connie Chambas won silver in Womens Doubles Skill/Age Groups 3.5:65+
Samantha Martinez (with Jason Mayer) won silver in Mixed Doubles Skill/Age Groups 3.0:19+
Mo Nard (with Chris Mayberry) won bronze in Mixed Doubles Skill/Age Groups 4.0:35+
Kathy Yamamoto and Richard Wise won bronze in Mixed Doubles Skill/Age Groups 4.0:50+
Craig Fraser (with Karen Suiker) won bronze in Mixed Doubles Skill/Age Groups 4.0:65+
Duane Chinnow (with Michael Bettencourt) won bronze in Mens Doubles Skill/Age Groups 3.5:50+
Gail Markovich (with Nova Grande) won bronze in Womens Doubles Skill/Age Groups 3.5:19+,35+ 3.5:35+
Chris Marovich (with Michael Marovich) won bronze in Mens Doubles Skill/Age Groups 3.0:19+
The club's summer Round Robin Mixers were held the weekend of June 23-24. This was our first time splitting the upper and lower divisions across two days, so that more members could have an opportunity to compete. We ended up with 36 players in the lower division, and 48 players in the upper division.
Due to the new format, we were able to take the top 4 players by points, rather than just the top 2. This gave players who were not undefeated a chance of reaching the final, making play more competitive for the duration of the 6 rounds. We ended up with two exciting finals matches:
First place: Norm Readdy & John Sharpe
Second place: Jim Kiley & Mike Kelly
First place: Lee Swayne & Amy Papenfuss
Second place: Ed Musgrave & Barbara Treichak
In addition to the tournament, the club held a raffle each day with proceeds benefiting the benefit the Gene Ahner Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to qualifying families, allowing their kids to participate in programs offered through the Sunrise Recreation and Park District. The prize for each raffle was a Champion 2.0 graphite paddle and 3 Dura-Fast balls. Allison Campbell and Mike Kelly were the lucky winners, while the club managed to raise $490 for the scholarship fund! THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the raffle and contributed to this very worthy cause.