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 – email@example.com or call 208-965-8719 – we are a small local business serving the boise area players.
Annie Kurdy Holton and Cheryl Koch Zollman hadn’t seen each other for nearly 47 years when they happened to both sign up for the Boise Community Education classes for pickleball this spring. They had both pledged the Pi Beta Phi sorority at the University of Idaho in 1965. Annie spent 4 years at the Pi Beta Phi house and Cheryl 3. Now Annie has 2 children, and Cheryl 3. Today pickleball has brought them together again after so many years. Who would have thought such a coincidence would occur. So many years between meetings. Pickleball brings people together.
Cheryl Zollman and Annie Holton
Annie Holton and Cheryl Zollman
Rudy Whittaker and Dick Johnson traveled to Spokane recently and represented our Boise Club very well playing against pretty tough competition in the “Spokane May Mania” Tournament at the first class HUB Sports Center, which has an amazing capacity for 12 indoor pickle ball courts. Though Dick is 74, they teamed up to take Silver in Age 60+ Mens Doubles and Rudy and his partner, Sunnylynn Gray, took Silver in Age 60+ Mixed Doubles. Congratulations!!