NH Senior Games was very well run. All brackets were round robin, with the larger brackets having a medal round. Each round robin group was assigned specific courts, so the group could manage their own court time without waiting for assignments after every game. It worked smoothly. But it was hot inside!
Competition was very good, with many out of state players.
Several LPA members competed at the USAPA Atlantic Regional Tournament. It was a lot of fun, even though I only won one game the entire weekend. The only downside was long delays in the schedule, sitting around for an hour or two waiting to be assigned a court to play on.
Several LPA members had a fun time at the Camp Birch Hill tournament in New Durham, NH. Some of us stayed overnight in the cabins, and took advantage of other activities in addition to pickleball. There was swimming, kayaking, stand-up-paddleboarding, hiking, cornhole, table tennis, and more.
LPA members included: Margaret and Gene Berg, Patty and Phil Ricciardi, Beth Atkinson, Peggy Keeney, Kathy Paganis, Tom Raiche, Tom Duyette, Mark Duckworth.
Here is a summary of the event from Yvonne Ting, one of the organizers:
Congratulations Pickle Partners for making the Welcome Summer Pickleball event at Camp Birch Hill such a terrific experience for all.
We were blessed with terrific weather, spirited competition and an affable fraternity of Pickle enthusiasts from New York, Connecticut, Maine and our home state of New Hampshire. Thanks for your participation, it was a pleasure to host such a fabulous group.
We have settled on a date for our FALL PICKLE-FEST::::::: September 14-15-16!! We would be privileged to welcome you back.
Format and Fees will closely remain the same, The Full weekend fee includes 2 dinners, 2 Lunches, 2 Breakfasts, and 2 overnights (Friday and Saturday) and all tournament fees: $150.
Saturday Day: Men’s Doubles and Women’s Doubles
Sunday: Mixed Doubles
Single day Fee: $35 with Lunch
Saturday & Sunday two day fee: $70 with Lunches
The water in the Lake will be warm in September, the bugs will be past their prime and when Mother Nature joins the party, it will be a fine weekend for swimming, sailing, paddle-boarding, hiking, biking, and all the activities Birch Hill has to offer.
The Honorees from the Spring Tournament were as follows:
Gold: Sandy Larson/Nancy Casko
Silver: Linda Blythe/Nancy freedman
Bronze: Kim Gratton/ Kelly Nagle
Gold: Chris Morrell/Carolyn Morrison
Silver: Patricia Mongeau/Karin Houghton
Bronze: Mary Jane Gould/Judy Brinser
Gold: Reja Vongsawet/ Gen Yong
SIlver: Peggy Keeney/Beth Atkinson
Bronze: Leeanna Lavoie/Krista Trefethen
A few LPA members participated in the Memorial Day Pickleball Mixer at Willows, in North Andover, MA. The original intent was to be a North Shore vs. South Shore team tournament, but there weren’t enough South Shore people so it was just red vs. blue. Bob McCarthy, Bob Lemay, and Mark Duckworth were on the blue team, and Gary Wenzel was on the red team. There were a few jokes about people wearing the wrong color shirt, but we could still keep track of who was on which team 🙂
There were two divisions, intermediate and advanced. Each team had 6 men and 6 women in each division, for a total of 48 people altogether. At the start, we selected partners for mixed doubles, mens doubles, and womens doubles. Some people partnered with people they knew, and some partnered with people they just met.
It was a team round robin format, so everybody got to play against each of the six opponent teams in their division in mixed doubles, followed by three more games against each gender specific doubles team. Each game was to 11, win by 1. Total team points mattered, so winning 11 to 3 was better than winning 11 to 9.
After play was over, we all had some very good pizza made right there at Willows. The red team won the event. I don’t remember the overall score, but nobody seemed to care too much because everybody was there to have fun, and we did.
Where were you on May 18, 19 and 20th ? If you weren’t at the Connecticut Masters Games at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT then you missed some great pickleball! The Freeman Athletic Center at Weslayan University had 15 courts on the most unique & comfortable court surface I’ve ever played on. Janice Pauley, the tournament director, runs a fabulous tournament. Computer screens set up at the field house provided easy access for people to check out schedules, brackets, pools, and results throughout the weekend. Events started on time (some even started early!) and there was very little waiting because each pool or bracket was given plenty of nets on which to compete.
There were not too many of our local players down there….our contingent included Margaret & Gene Berg (congrats to Gene for winning Silver in Men’s Singles!), Tom Duyette (Singles, Doubles & Mixed Doubles), Patty & Phil Ricciardi (Congrats to Phil on winning Bronze in a very competitive Men’s Doubles field), Kathy Paganis, and myself (Beth Atkinson). Kathy & Tom played out of their MINDS in the crazy, competitive 18 team bracket for mixed doubles and made it all the way to the Bronze Medal match…they were AMAZING! And I’m more than happy to report that Kathy & I had a blast in the 15 team women’s doubles field and were able to come back from a 9 to 1 deficit in the bronze medal game to win 15-13, sharing the podium with 2 of the premier women players in New England (Sherry Sheer and Yvonne Ting).
If you’ve never entered a tournament before, what the HECK are you waiting for?! Registration is still open for the Senior Games in ME, NH, MA and RI. This is a qualifying year for the National Senior Games so medal winners are invited to participate in the 2019 National Senior Games….Albequerque anyone???
The 5th Annual Joe Levine Mixed Double Tournament was held on Saturday April 21, 2018 at the Salemwood School Gym in Malden, MA…affectionately known as “The Pickledome”.
Joe Levine is the Malden Recreation Department’s director who was instrumental in getting pickleball started in Malden.
Pete Sullivan, with the help of the Malden Recreation Department organizes this tournament every year and it is very well run with opportunities for all ages and levels. This year there were 3 divisions of 12 teams each; an “A” division for advanced players, a “B” division for intermediate players, and a 60+ division.
The pickledome is a fun place to play. There are 3 gyms separated by heavy “curtains” and each gym has 3 pickleball courts.People set up chairs the entire length of the gym to watch the action (and for much needed rest in between their matches!)This creates a setting where, as you walk from one set of courts to the other, you get a chance to reconnect with folks you’ve met at other tournaments or venues.It’s a riot as everybody says the same thing, “I KNOW we’ve met but I can’t remember your name”, or “now WHERE have we played together before?”There was lots of smiles, hugs, and laughter…and tons of entertaining pickleball to watch and play.
This is the 3rd (I think) Joe Levine Tournament that I’ve played. This Malden tournament holds a special place in my pickleball heart as it was one of the very first tournaments I ever played in.Special shout out to Bob Lemay (BOB!!!) who took me under his wing and invited me to play in that tournament with him even though I had only been playing pickleball for a couple of months.He created a monster…now I play in every tournament I can get to!!!
If you’ve been thinking about trying out tournaments…this is a great one to get involved in. It’s well-organized so you get to play plenty of games and there is not a lot of waiting around.There’s also plenty of opportunity to play on open courts once the tournament gets into its medal round.
But watch out…you might catch the tournament BUG!!!!
From Bob Lemay:
In the A Tournament- Beth Atkinson won Gold, with her partner, Mike Donovan.
The Silver medal, in the A tournament, went to Phil and Patti Ricciardi.
Other LPA members that played in the tournament were: Bob Martin, Wayland Foote, Susie Brassard, Bob Lemay, Diana Caron, and Bob McCarthy.