Friday, August 7, 2015

RELISH THE MOMENT: Auburn pickleball icon captures National Indoor gold

Published August 7, 2015 -

Nothing goes together like Cherrys and pickles.

Sixty-six-year-old Cherry DuLaney, Auburn’s unofficial ambassador of pickleball, recently returned from the U.S.A. Pickleball Association National Indoor Championships in Rochester, New York, with enough hardware to bend her neck.

The outspoken athlete, considered responsible for most of Auburn’s pickleball resources, rallied to a second place finish in her singles age division. She also won a national title with Placerville’s Mark Keith in the mixed doubles division.

It was a stunning feat for DuLaney, achieved in her first ever trek to a national championship event.

“My partner and I had played in the Bay Area senior games and took gold, so we were looking for an indoor tournament before nationals popped up on our radar,” DuLaney said. “It’s been blast, way more fun than any other sport I have ever played.”

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