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Huckleberry Pickleball Tournament

huck5 (1)Last weekend over 60 people enjoyed another successful Huckleberry Pickleball Tournament up in the beautiful mountains of Idaho.

Donnelly Racket Courts was the venue for the tournament which has grown each of the last three years.

After the tournament, a wonderful pot luck social followed.

This is a fun filled tournament close to the Treasure Valley, so try and register for next year’s Huckleberry Pickleball Tournament hosted by the Valley County Pickleball Club (VCPC).

Women’s Doubles:
Gold Medal: Judy Caldwell, McCall/Liz Wylk, McCall
Silver Medal: Sonya Kincheloe, Boise/ Par Wenger, Donnelly
Bronze Medal: Hope Ayers, Donnelly/Barb Allen, Lake Fork
Men’s Doubles:
Gold Medal: Mitko Smith, McCall/Jerame Petry, McCall
Silver Medal: Doug Dvork, Tamarac/Scott Clinger,McCall
Bronze Medal: Carson Spencer, Donnelly/Mike Mather, Donnelly

Idaho Senior Games Results

2015 IDAHO SENIOR GAMES

MENS DOUBLES 50-54, 55-59
PLAYER/TEAM GOLD SILVER BRONZE FOURTH
Doug Dvorak and Dale Harris X
David Slonaker and Gary Childers X
Scott Christie and Robert Calver X
Jim McMillan and Scott Michaelson X
MEN’S DOUBLES 60-64
PLAYER/TEAM GOLD SILVER BRONZE FOURTH
Ken Kehrer and Joe Grimm X
Rodell Hill and JD Shew X
Gaylan Moore and Alan Clark X
Bill Knopp and Earl Tietze X
MEN’S DOUBLES 65-69
PLAYER/TEAM GOLD SILVER BRONZE FOURTH
Christopher Thomas and Michael Wolfe X
Jim Crotty and Patrick Claytor X
Chris Given and Scott Risinger X
Jack Bonawitz and Robert Sweetgall X
MEN’S DOUBLES 70-74, 75-79
PLAYER/TEAM GOLD SILVER BRONZE FOURTH
Richard Johnson and Delbert Root X
Mike Mather and Gary Robbins X
William Light and Michael Smith X
Thomas Sauer and Wayne Larsen X
MEN’S SINGLES 50-54, 55-59
PLAYER/TEAM GOLD SILVER BRONZE FOURTH
Mark Demeester X
Doug Dvorak X
David Slonaker X
Scott Michaelson X
MEN’S SINGLES 60-64
PLAYER/TEAM GOLD SILVER BRONZE FOURTH
Joe Grimm X
Jim McMillan X
Alan Clark X
Gaylon Moore X
MEN’S SINGLES 65-69
PLAYER/TEAM GOLD SILVER BRONZE FOURTH
Christopher Thomas X
Robert Sweetgall X
Earl Tietze X
Michael Wolfe X
MEN’S SINGLES 70-74, 75-79
PLAYER/TEAM GOLD SILVER BRONZE FOURTH
Richard Johnson X
Dennis Edwards X
MIXED DOUBLES 50-54
PLAYER/TEAM GOLD SILVER BRONZE FOURTH
Jan Kapp and Dale Harris X
Kathy Schroeder and Ken Kehrer X
Shawna Davis and Robert Sweetgall X
Lisa Parker and Joe Grimm X
MIXED DOUBLES 55-59
PLAYER/TEAM GOLD SILVER BRONZE FOURTH
Sara Betancourt and Victor Betancourt X
Kathy Getto and John Sweeting X
Ruby Carrasco-Paley and Alan Clark X
Lindi Hoekstra and Christopher Thomas X
MIXED DOUBLES 60-64
PLAYER/TEAM GOLD SILVER BRONZE FOURTH
Wendy Cavan and Patrick Claytor X
Deborah Knopp and JD Shew X
Sonya Kincheloe and Rodell Hill X
Judy Caldwell and Gaylan Moore X
MIXED DOUBLES 65-69, 70-74
PLAYER/TEAM GOLD SILVER BRONZE FOURTH
Linda Forbes and Richard Johnson X
Elaine Taylor and Mike Mather X
Donna Bogdan and Tom Valasek X
Carol Kerr and Bill Kerr X
WOMEN’S DOUBLES 50-54
PLAYER/TEAM GOLD SILVER BRONZE FOURTH
Shawna Davis and Kathy Schroeder X
Tami Leach and Sonya Kincheloe X
Cynthia Tietze and Deborah Knopp X
Marcella Rogan and Judy Heinbach X
WOMEN’S DOUBLES 55-59
PLAYER/TEAM GOLD SILVER BRONZE FOURTH
Ruby Carrasco-Paley and Sara Betancourt X
Lindy Hoekstra and Wendy Cavan X
Kathy Getto and Kris Haemmerle X
Patricia Carlson and Kathi Wilson X
WOMEN’S DOUBLES 60-65, 65-69, 70-74
PLAYER/TEAM GOLD SILVER BRONZE FOURTH
Deb Paige and Judy Caldwell X
Marsha Smith and Lindy Hilton X
Marnie McCollow and Kathleen Kelley X
Donna Bogdan and Paulette Blain X
WOMEN’S SINGLES 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 70-74
PLAYER/TEAM GOLD SILVER BRONZE FOURTH
Kathy Schroeder X
Kathy Getto X
Cynthia Tietze X
Sheila Williams X

Local Pickleball in the News!

From Boise’s KIVI-TV:

There’s a sport taking the country and Treasure Valley by storm. You may have heard of it or even seen it played but what exactly is pickleball?

“They call it ping pong on steroids,” Nick Leach, a volunteer at the YMCA said.

“Tennis, ping pong combination, throw in a little bad mitten,” Dick Johnson, an avid pickleball player said.

If you’ve seen people playing pickleball before, your first thought was probably, what are they doing on that tennis court?

“I discovered pickle ball about three years ago and just fell in love with it,” Johnson said.

A quick rundown of the rules for those who don’t know how to play; the game uses a paddle, hard plastic ball, serves are underhand, and don’t let it bounce twice on your side.

“It’s not as hard as tennis is and then it’s so much fun,” Johnson said.

The sport is growing rapidly.

“When the game began it started with older people back in Washington but now it’s exploded, fastest growing sport in North America, as younger people are picking it up all around the world,” Johnson said.

Leach and his wife have seen that growth first hand.

“When we first got here there was probably twelve to twenty players in the area playing pickle ball,” Leach said.

That was only five years ago, now he says there are hundreds just in the valley. The indoor courts at the YMCA in Meridian are filled every day.

“We probably had a consistent of 15 to 20 people play a day then it went to 35, no we currently have 50 to 60 a day that will come and play on all eight courts,” Leach said.

Now there is a demand for more courts. Twelve are scheduled to be built behind the YMCA at Hobble Creek and Leach says that Boise has agreed to build dual use tennis and pickleball courts on all upcoming park projects.

But why the sudden surge popularity?

Players say they don’t really know why the sport is all of the sudden booming but they say it’s easy on the body and the play style is still quick and competitive.

“I can play regularly and not have to worry about the back,” Johnson said.

“It’s quick but yet it’s easier on your body than tennis is,” Leach said.

“If you just want to have a good time, you’re going to have to go a long ways to find a sport that’s any better than this,” Johnson said.

Come Watch and Cheer!

Come on out to watch and cheer fellow club members participate and compete in the Idaho Senior Games!

Where: Timberline High School, 701 E. Boise Ave, Boise
When: Friday August 7th, 8:00am and
Saturday August 8th, 8:00am

Friday’s matches will be men’s and women’s doubles.
Saturday’s matches will be mixed doubles and singles.
Singles will begin at noon on Saturday—or 30 minutes after the end of the last mixed doubles match.

ISGsThe Idaho Senior Games is a social and recreational experience designed to encourage better health and fitness of men and women age 50 and over, regardless of residence. The level of competitiveness is up to you! There are more than 50 events, with competition in 11 different age categories.

Here’s a partial list of BPC members competing:

Sonya Kincheloe Dave Mattson
Jim Richmond Kathy Kelley
Mike Mather Dick Johnson
Paulette Blain Marnie McCollow
Kathi Wilson Kathy Getto
Jerry Singman Joel Shaber
John Sweeting

Playing but not listed? Please send your name to katherinegetto@gmail.com to be included!

ANOTHER Free Lesson!

free-lessonThe BPC Player Development Committee has scheduled the 4th FREE* lesson for Thursday July 30th at 8:30 a.m. @ Helen B Lowder Park.

At previous lessons, between 20-26 players have attended.

They are getting very good instructions on how to play PB at a higher level.

*Free for BPC members. You can join at the lesson. 🙂

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