Sunrise Recreation and Park District continues to make a name for itself with its two highly successful annual tournaments. This year's fall tournament drew nearly 220 competitors, with many brackets filling up several weeks in advance. Men's singles was offered for the first time in our area. (Maybe women's singles will be next?) With so many different events, the start times had to be staggered throughout the day, with some matches continuing into the evening. What a wonderful sight to see our Rusch Park courts continuously filled with incredibly fun to watch, competitive matches, all weekend long! We had several SPC members medal in their brackets. Congratulations to the following members for their clearly hard-fought victories!
Lydia Brambila (with Cam Martin) won gold in Mixed Doubles 4.0/4.5 Overall
Brian Guzman won silver in Mens Singles 3.5 A
Michelle Daniels (with Kyle Daniels) won silver in Mixed Doubles 3.0 A
Val Graden (with David Pelton) won bronze in Mixed Doubles 4.0/4.5 4.0 Group
Reine Steel and Laurie Lozano won bronze in Womens Doubles 3.5A
Ed Boes (with Rich Waters) won bronze in Mens Doubles 3.5 C
Gary Pike (with Danessa Udy) won bronze in Mixed Doubles 3.0 A
The Huntsman World Senior Games is the largest annual multi-sport event in the world for athletes 50 and over. PIckleball was one of 30 sports featured, and alone drew over 770 competitors. Congratulations to the following Sunrise Pickleball Club members, whom we are thrilled to have represent our club on the international scene!
Joyce May and Michael Luevano won gold in Mixed Doubles 65-69 B
Joyce May (with Audrey Phillips) won gold in Womens Skill Doubles 4.5:65+
Jeff Greenhoe and Charlie Garcia won silver in Men's Doubles 55-59 D
Barbara Wise (with Mark Attwood) won silver in Mixed Doubles 60-64 B
Lynn Fraser and Judy Chatwin won silver in Women's Doubles 70-74
Carol Nakao (with Sharon Klotz) won bronze in Women's Doubles 70-74
Claire Norton (with Margo Dragoo) won bronze in Women's Doubles 75-79
Anita Readdy and Paula Hart won bronze in Women's Doubles 60-64 C
Anita Readdy and Michael Irwin won bronze in Mixed Doubles 65-69 D
Barbara Wise won bronze in Women's Singles 60-64
Norm Readdy (with Kelly Painter) won bronze in Men's Doubles 65-69 C
Norm Readdy (with Kelly Painter) won bronze in Men's Skill Doubles 3.5:65+
The annual Fall Brawl tournament in St. George, Utah, was held October 10-14 at the Little Valley Pickleball Complex. This was a huge tournament, with over 700 players from all over the country competing in over 1,300 matches! A number of Sunrise Pickleball Club members traveled to compete. Major kudos to the following members for their impressive wins!
Joyce May and Michael Luevano won gold in Mixed Doubles 4.5 65-69
Joyce May (with Vicki Sharp) won gold in Womens Doubles 4.5 60+
Kathy Yamamoto and Charlie Garcia won gold in Mixed Doubles 3.5 55-59
Connie Chambas (with Janice Mittelstaedt) won gold in Womens Doubles 3.0 65-69
Kathy Yamamoto (with Lori Tokutomi) won bronze in Womens Doubles 4.0 55-59
Charlie Garcia (with Robo Pearson) won silver in Mens Doubles 3.5 50-59
If you have recently joined the club, or did not purchase a club shirt last year, we are planning on placing a re-order as soon as we have at least 20 interested members (we are getting close). The member price for a club shirt is just $15.
If you would like to order a shirt, please contact us and let us know which gender and size.
Payment for the shirts (cash or check) will be collected upon delivery.
The response to the club's first year membership since January 1 has been tremendous. The club now has over 270 members! Lee Swayne, our club president, Steve Cooper, our club founder, and the rest of the club officers thank everyone for your tremendous support of starting up the Sunrise Pickleball Club.