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 260 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.
The 2nd Annual Endless Summer Classic tournament was held August 25-27 at the Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation in Elk Grove. The following SPC members won medals in their divisions – congrats and thanks for representing our club so wonderfully!
Kathy Yamamoto and Barbara Wise won gold in Women's Advanced Doubles
Robbin Maloney (with Jay Maloney) won silver in Mixed Advanced Doubles
Carol Nakao (with Sharon Klotz) won silver in Women's Intermediate Doubles
I had the great pleasure of being able to use the new Xtreme Pro L Composite Paddle by Head while playing Pickleball with the Sunrise Pickleball Club in Citrus Heights, CA. The first thing I noticed about this paddle is its diamond shape which I think reduces some of the weight of the paddle and may increase the speed of one’s swing. The paddle weight feels balanced and solid, yet not heavy.
I really like the textured surface which seems to grab more and helped me to have more control and ability to add spin. I found that with the added feel of control and the textured surface, the ball placement and dinks seemed much easier for me to execute.
I also really like the softly cushioned grip which created a sense of stability and comfort while I played. This paddle was very easy for me to hold and I noticed I was able to make some shots that I often had challenges in making with other paddles. For instance I was able to reach overhead balls, which makes me think this paddle may be a little bit longer with its unique diamond shape. I also found it was easier for me to move this paddle more quickly to return balls that were hit directly at me while at the kitchen line.
I want to acknowledge and thank Pickleball Central for providing these demo paddles for us to try and review. One of our club players who used this demo paddle liked it so much that he has placed an order for one. I believe many others will also find this paddle comfortable, stable, and great for long volleys, control, spins, and technical shots. I really enjoyed getting to use and review this paddle, which is why I now have the great joy in having the Xtreme Pro L Composite Paddle by HEAD as my new pickleball paddle. Learn more about these paddles and other Head Pickleball Paddles on PickleballCentral.com.