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.
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 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.
In honor of April as National Pickleball Month, the club hosted its first ever "Bring a Newbie Day" event on Sunday, April 22nd. This was a chance for members to introduce friends and family to the sport we all love, in a welcoming and educational environment. We had a total of 35 newbies and 9 volunteer instructors. For nearly 2 hours, all available courts (even the old tennis courts!) were filled with smiling beginners. A big thanks to everyone who volunteered for this event, and to those who trusted us with their spare paddles! We hope to do more newbie events in the future, so start bugging your "unenlightened" friends to come on out and learn to play Pickleball!
Our final quarterly Round Robin Mixer of the year was held on Saturday, December 2nd. Despite earlier forecasts of rain, it ended up being a dry (though chilly) morning— another beautiful day for Pickleball!
Players were divided into two skill divisions: Intermediate (2.5-3.0) and Advanced (3.5-4.0). We ended up with 16 players in the lower division, and 32 players in the upper division. After 6 rounds, we added up each player's total points to determine the top 2 players in each division:
Intermediate: Barbara Ivanusich & Pam Reilly
Advanced: Gordon Hunt & Peter-Charles Jordan
We then paired these players up and had a finals round consisting of a single game to 15. Peter and Pam took first place and won $20 restaurant gift cards. Gordon and Barbara were runners-up, and received $10 gift cards to Mr. Pickles. Thank you to everyone who played their heart out today and made this Round Robin a huge success!