Thursday, November 20, 2014

Too cold to play? Bah! Humbug!

Submitted by Ann Earley, Ambassador, North Georgia



Throughout the past two weeks of cold weather, if there was a degree over freezing and sunny skies (even the hint of sun!), the North Georgia Pickleball Club was on the courts! We had four courts with players waiting last Saturday; we cancelled Monday only because it was raining! This week we have players coming from Peachtree City (GA), Chattanooga, and Nashville, TN We also plan to play at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

PTC locals dominate USAPA annual pickleball tournament

Published November 18, 2014 - www.thecitizennews.com


Tyson Sandlin and Chris O’Brien won decisively in their brackets during the first annual Pickled Peach Tournament held in Athens, Ga. Neither Sandlin nor O’Brien lost a game, which placed them against each other for the championship.

In a game normally played in 20 minutes, the two battled for 45 minutes. It was a contest of speed versus size. Sandlin was fast while O’Brien possessed long reach and a bigger size. Eventually Tyson squeaked past his longtime friend and fellow player, 15-14.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

USAPA Nationals VI in Buckeye, AZ

Congratulations to all the winners from the Atlantic South Region!

Gold Medalists
Joshua Elliott – The Villages, FL: 17-18 Junior Men’s Doubles, 13-14 Junior Men's Singles, 11-14 Junior Mixed Doubles
Rachel Elliott – The Villages, FL: 11-14 Junior Mixed Doubles
Robert Elliott – The Villages, FL: 19+ Men’s Doubles
Kyle Yates – Ft. Myers, FL: 19+ Men’s Doubles
Phil Bagley – The Villages, FL: 35+ Men’s Doubles, 35+ Mixed Doubles
Brian Staub – The Villages, FL: 35+ Men’s Doubles
Denise Boutin – The Villages, FL: 55+ Women’s Doubles
Alison Fulton – Lady Lake, FL: 55+ Women’s Doubles
Diane Bock – The Villages, FL: 60+ Mixed Doubles

Silver Medalists
Rachel Elliott – The Villages, FL: 11-14 Junior Women's Singles
Matt Staub – The Villages, FL: 19+ Mixed Doubles, Open Men’s Doubles
Diane Bock – The Villages, FL: 55+ Women’s Doubles

Bronze Medalists
Kyle Yates – Fort Myers, FL: 19+ Men’s Singles, Open Mixed Doubles
Brian Staub – The Villages, FL: 19+ Mixed Doubles, Open Men’s Doubles
Phil Bagley – The Villages, FL: Open Men’s Doubles
Jodi Elliott – The Villages, FL: 35+ Women’s Doubles
Lydia Willis – The Villages, FL: 35+ Women’s Doubles, Open Mixed Doubles
Byron Freso – Wimauma, FL: 55+ Men’s Doubles
Harriet Kalin – Delray Beach, FL: 75+ Women’s Singles

Saturday, November 15, 2014

University City YMCA Pickleball

Submitted by Robert Nibarger, District Ambassador, Piedmont District - North Carolina

The University YMCA of Charlotte kicked off its pickleball program on November 13th as members of the Bailey’s Glen Pickleball Club (Cornelius, NC), presented Pickleball 101, and informed players on basic rules, strokes and drills. The University YMCA is located at 8100 Mallard Creek Road in Charlotte, NC. According to USAPA Piedmont Ambassador Bob Nibarger, pickleball is growing “roots” in the Charlotte area as he receives calls almost weekly. To learn more about pickleball in the Piedmont Region of NC, send an email to ncpickleball@aol.com or visit www.usapa.org for places to play in NC.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sun City Carolina Lakes Pickleball Education Program

Submitted by Robert Nibarger, District Ambassador, Piedmont District - North Carolina
 


Sun City Carolina Lakes Pickleball continues to promote the sport by conducting clinics for old and young alike.  Frank Kinder, local pickleball coordinator, recently conducted a two-day skills clinic.  Other clinics have featured Coach Moe and Deb Harris.  The Sun City program continues to grow with new courts scheduled in the near future.

New North Carolina Indoor Facility A Big Success


Submitted by Robert Nibarger, District Ambassador, Piedmont District - North Carolina
 

Concord, NC - Carolina Courts (www.carolinacourts.com) became a major player in pickleball in the Charlotte, North Carolina area on November 3rd as almost 20 participants assembled for match play.  Carolina Courts Manager, Phillip Vaughn, sees continued growth for pickleball at both their Northern and Southern facilities within North Carolina.  The North Carolina USAPA Regional Ambassadors are hosting a holiday tourney (HOLIDAY SMASH) at Carolina Courts, which will be the prelude for the USAPA Southeast Sanctioned Regional to be held in March of 2015.  Carolina Courts is open 5 days a week for pickleball from 10 AM to 3 PM.  For more information on Carolina Courts, please send an email to ncpickleball@aol.com.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Island Rec Center hosts second annual pickleball tournament

Published November 6, 2014 - www.islandpacket.com

Thirty-five teams in five divisions will take to the court Friday when the Island Recreation Center (Hilton Head Island, SC) hosts its second annual pickleball tournament.

The tournament is divided into 50-64 and 65+ brackets in the Men’s and Mixed divisions. There is also one all-inclusive Women’s division because of a smaller number of teams.

Play begins at 10 a.m. for the Women’s Division, 10:30 a.m. for the Mixed Doubles divisions and noon for the Men’s Doubles divisions.

Spectators are welcome. Folding chairs and sunscreen are advised.

Details: Call 843-681-7273 or email bob.rozek@islandreccenter.org.

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Local residents win medals in pickleball at NC State Senior Games

Published November 6, 2014 - www.warrenrecord.com

Linda Kidd of Norlina and Stanley Brothers of Lake Gaston found success in pickleball competition at the recent State Senior Games, bringing home gold and bronze medals, respectively.

Both have been playing pickleball regularly at courts in Warren County since local pickleball began almost four years ago. The sport combines tennis, ping-pong and badminton and is played with a wiffle ball slightly larger than a baseball.

At the regional level, Kidd won gold in women's singles for the 70-74 age group, and Brothers won silver in men's singles and bronze in men's doubles in the 70-74 age group.
 
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