With double the courts, we are now able to accommodate up to 96 players in each Round Robin division! Pre-registration is no longer required – simply show up and play!
We used a new format which assigned matches randomly using a deck of cards. Each player was dealt a card at the start of each round. The number on the card was their court number. Hearts & Diamonds were teammates and Clubs & Spades were teammates. Black team served first; red team chose side.
Each round of play was 10-12 minutes. Instead of stopping at 11, players tried to win as many points as they could in that time! We played for 6 rounds.
All players were given a scoresheet and tracked their own scores. On Saturday, the top 4 players (by total points) went into a playoff game to determine winners and runner ups. On Sunday, we decided to have separate finals for men and women in order to make things more interesting.
Here were the results:
Upper Division Men
Winners: John House & Janus Klecki
Runners up: Robert Beanland & Kingsley Lee
Upper Division Women
Winners: Kathy Yamamoto & Val Graden
Runners up: Sue O’Connell & Julie Rathbone
Winners: Wade Nonnenberg & Max Kennegott
Runners up: Tom Bylsma & Ken Barton
The club would like to sincerely thank all 92 players that participated in our first tournament, as well as our tournament desk team (Reine, Steve, and Lisa), all the board members, and volunteer refs! This was an important fundraising event for the club, raising around $3500, which will go towards paying back the park district for the new courts.
For the first time in Rusch Park history, all 12 courts were kept busy for nearly 6 hours, with a total of 180 games of pickleball played! It was a fantastic sight to see so many happy players and spectators, and such fun, competitive matches at every level.
Congratulations to our medal winners:
Gold - Rita Weighall & Curt Clawson
Silver - Amy Papenfuss & Mike Lynch
Bronze - Ellise Blom & Lee Swayne
Gold - Julie Klinger & Todd Klinger
Silver - Twee Washburn & Chuck Moy
Bronze - Teena Parduhn & Rick Jenkins
Gold - Kathy Yamamoto & Stan Fukui
Silver - Mo Nard & Kingsley Lee
Bronze - Joanna Kean & Richard Wise
Gold - Mo Nard & Kingsley Lee
Silver - Joanna Kean & Richard Wise
Bronze - (Tie) Kelly Andrews & Jasen Ashdown / Susan O'Connell & LeRoy Weighall *
(* We were unable to complete our 4.0 playoffs due to rain, so a tie was declared)
We are proud to announce the formation of the SPC Junior Academy. We will serve youth ages 10 through 17. The Academy will meet for training on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4pm-6pm, with match play on Sundays at 11am. Heading up our efforts are our members Kelly Andrews and River Andrews. They will be developing training and drills for all ages and skill levels. This is guaranteed to get the kids off the couch and out in the fresh air – laughing, running, and learning.
Your help is needed to get the word out so that we have a great response from Juniors. We will be contacting the Citrus Heights Foster Program, and the Elementary, Intermediate, and High Schools nearest the Park.
We really need your help as:
Volunteers – You can volunteer for once a week, once a month, whatever your schedule allows – we need you on the courts helping the Junior’s keep on task, answering questions, and giving guidance.
Paddles – we’ve all got that old paddle we started with or a paddle that no longer suits our purpose hanging out in the trunk or the garage. Please bring them any Sunday and give them to Lee, Dale, Rodney, or Gail. They’ll be earmarked for the use of the participants. SPC is donating all balls that will be used in the program.
Donations – if this email touches something in you that wants to respond by helping the Academy (we hope to reach both advantaged and disadvantaged youth) – we can assure you that all donations will remain with the program to be used for the purposes of assisting the participants of the Academy.
Additional questions can be answered by Kelly Andrews, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Day Sacramento filmed two live news segments at the Rusch Park pickleball courts this morning. We had about 60 members come out and support. They interviewed Amy, Lee, and River. Thank you to our members for being the backdrop against we could feature the great sport and the demand for venues. You can watch the videos here:
In June of 2018, journalism student Marci Phillips came out to Rusch Park to shoot video of the swim team. She instead ended up doing a story about pickleball. Check out her completed video below – you may recognize some familiar faces!