The Idaho Senior Games Pickleball tournament was held at Timberline High School in Boise on August 8th and August 9th. The Boise Area Pickleball Association (BAPA) coordinated and directed the event with the help of lots of great volunteers. Since this year was a qualifying year for the National Senior Games held in Minneapolis in 2015 there were a lot of out of state players, which made for some great competition for the local players. You can view pictures of the winners and some candid shots of players in action by clicking the photo tab above. For the medal results click on the link below (you may have to copy and paste the link below to your browser) or you can go to http://www.usapa.org and look under the tournament tab. We would like to personally thank all of our local pickleball players for their continuing support of pickleball in our area, without volunteers and support our game couldn’t grow.
The Pickleball tournament portion of the Idaho Senior Games, took place this past weekend at Timberline High School in Boise, Idaho. A Sports reporter from KBOI Channel 2 news covered some of the action that took place on Friday, August 8th. The report was broadcast on the 5:30 pm and 10:00 pm news. If you missed it, copy and paste the link below in your browser to check out why pickleball is “picking up steam” in Idaho!!
On June 20th and 21st the Lewis-Clark tournament was held in Lewiston, ID at a local school’s tennis courts. Again three of our Boise area players brought home medals. The tournament was not a qualifying tournament for the National but still drew around 40 players. Our local players medaled in the following events:
Age Group 60-64 – Nick Leach and Bob Calver took home the Gold Medal
Age Group 50-54 – Tami Leach and Libby Macklin also took home the Gold Medal
Age Group 50-54 – Tamil and Nick Leach won the Silver Medal
Age Group 55-59 – Bob Calver and his partner Lori Cambridge won the Gold Medal
This is an annual tournament I hope our local players will continue to attend. With pickleball continuing to grow throughout the USA and abroad we have more and more opportunities to play in tournaments so we like to encourage all of our local players to get out there and enjoy the game(s). Complete tournament results will be posted soon, having some technical problems posting documents.
Looks like our some of our local pickleball players have been busy raking in the medals. This year is a qualifying year for the National Pickleball Tournament held in Minnesota and one of those qualifying tournaments, Oregon Senior Games, was held in Bend, Oregon on June 20th through the 22nd. Three members of one of our local clubs competed and two brought home medals in the following Divisions: Men’s Doubles – Tim Gleason and Dick Johnson earned their way to the Nationals by wining Gold Medals Men’s Singles – Tim Gleason also qualified for singles by won a Silver The tournament was held at Bend, OR eight brand new pickleball courts built by and impressive fund-raising drive by the Bend Pickleball Club and the help of the local Parks & Recreation Department (they matched the money raised by the club). On a sadder note. One of our local players, Diana Bunger, was injured when she fell during her match (mixed doubles with her partner, Dick Johnson) in their second match. Her injuries required medical attention but she is doing fine now.
A group of local pickleball players got together today and taped 6 tennis courts at Sawtooth Middle School in Meridian to begin summer play outside. The group established a new taping record, it only took an hour and 45 minutes to clean, mark and tape all six courts. Now that’s team work. A big thanks goes out to them all.
Meridian schools get out June 4th, so we will be taping Sawtooth Middle School tennis courts on June 5th – Thursday. We will begin marking and taping at 8:00 am if anyone would like to come join in on the fun – we welcome all hands on deck…
Play will officially start on Friday morning, but now that we our outside we will be expanding play time to nights too. For those that work during the day, but want to get some good, fun exercise in the evening, we will be having play on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 pm to dark – beginning June 9th.
The courts will be open on a first come first served basis (to share with tennis players), so if you have some friends you want to get together with on any given day or night, just go and play on any available court.
If you need any pickleball equipment – such as paddles or balls – just give Nick or Tami Leach an email – firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208-965-8719 – we are a small local business serving the boise area players.