Monday, June 1, 2015

Players sweet on playing pickleball

Published May 31, 2015 -

HOPE MILLS (NC) - Dave Beishline came ready to play.

The game: Pickleball, a kind of hybrid tennis-ping-pong-badminton contest in which the players smack plastic whiffle balls with short-handled paddles.

Beishline, who retired in December after a 47-year career in the Army, was wearing a pair of protective goggles. Seems that little plastic ball can give quite a sting.

"My wife took a hit and got a big shiner," said Beishline, who is 66.

Twice a week, visitors to the Hope Mills Senior Center gather at the town Parks and Recreation Center for a couple hours of pickleball. Ryan Gordon, program supervisor at the center, said the games have proven popular.

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