Thursday, April 27, 2017

Another Mixed-up Whistle-Stop Tournament

It was a wild day at the Wasatch Rec Center on Wednesday morning, April 26th as 48 picklers (27 women and 21 men) took to the courts. The format was the same except everyone scurried to get one group off and the other group on when the whistle blew every 11 minutes. No resting or lollygagging allowed! Some groups finished well ahead of the whistle when winning by 12 points; other groups didn't make game before their time was up. The most points possible was 72, and the top score posted was 64 points by Tom Reed. Quite a feat to be sure!

Group 1 results had 3 men and one woman getting honors.
    First Place: Doug Jenkins
In a 3-way tie for 2nd: Rod Freudenberg, Craig Stark, and Marie Bird

Group 2 winners were separated by only 1 point, 64, 63, and 62. Wow!.   
    First Place: Tom Reed
    Second Place: Kerry Belcher
    Third Place: Lea McDill

Myrna, working to defend her title, with partner Jen
Ken and Carlos, a dynamic duo!




Kris and Tom with a 12-point win


Judie and Jan, what great form!

This demure twosome, Cary and Charisse, beat 2 of the 2nd place winners, Craig and Rod, 9-7.
Charisse is one of our newest members and the rookie star of the year!

The Intrepid, Always-Great Field of Players: (Yay Us!)

Group 1: Doug Jenkins, Dale Beeman, Marianne Wicks, Jack Richardson, Rob Whelan, Charisse Sampson, Brad Belcher, Ann Crooks, Jan Steinbach, Merry Duggin, AlyseWeisiger, Connie Green, Karen Reed, Kevin Chaidez, Rod Freudenberg, Craig Stark, Josh Richardsen, Steve Laneri, Leslie Oksner, Mike Duggin, Susan Lockhart, Penelope Peterson, Marie Bird, and Cary Hobbs.

Group 2: Carlos Monssen, Melinda Weishar, Jan Baker, Tenie Theobald, Myrna Lueck, Michelle Miller, Kris Beer, Paul Tayler, Dan Weishar, Jan Altieri, Jen McCarthy, Mary Freudenberg, Bev Chaidez, Jim Jones, Kerry Belcher, Hans Stocker, Pam Jepperson, Judie Eaton, Tom Reed, Craig Power, Lea McDill, Carma Isaac, Ken Mickelsen, and Micki Oksner.
As usual, with the leadership of Ken Fakler and Mike Eaton, the 6 games for each player went off without a hitch. Carol and Ron Lee helped with registration, timing and scorekeeping.

Ken's pre-game instructions warned the slammers they would be cited for a slamming violation. No one kept track of the individual slams, but there were a few who "just couldn't help" themselves. The non-slammers were grateful for the reprieve as no one left with more bruises than they came with.

Another great HVPC tourney followed by lunch at The Spin Café with awards given the winners. Such a fun time!
Look for more tournaments and clinics from Ken and Mike.

Outdoor Play

Who knows when the snow and rain will quit falling, but we know it will sometime. And when sun and warmer temps arrive, many of us will be outside playing again. The Southfield courts will be busy between 9 and 11 for sure. We'd like to keep the courts available for open play during those hours. So, for those who don't like to wait to play, we suggest scheduling your own times and people with whom to play.

There will be a system of rotation on and off the courts, probably much like last year, with placement of paddles on the fence. But if anyone has a suggestion for a more efficient system, please let us (the Board) know. In the meantime (while it continues to be wintry), we'll see y'all at the Rec Center!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Men's Turn to Tourney

Thursday, March 23rd gave the HVPC men their turn to compete. And, boy, was it a wild whistle-stop time!

Craig, Kevin and Cary win the balls!
The top 3 wild men were:

1st Place - Kevin Chaidez
2nd Place - Craig Stark (only 1 point behind)
3rd Place - Cary Hobbs (only 3 points behind)

Judy, Karen, Ken and Merry tally the scores.
The rest of the field of players were Mickey Oksner, Hans Stocker, Doug Jenkins, Mike Duggin, Mike Ho, Chesley Smiley, Rod Freydenberg, Mike Scheuer, Jack Richardson, Mike Eaton, Richard Longo, Jim Boldu, and Connie Green. Richard and Jim had participated in the Beginners' Clinic on Tuesday and joined the club. Their instruction (and instructors) must have been awesome for them to want to play in their first round robin tournament only 2 days after learning. As one person was a no-show, Connie stepped in as the 16th player. Her hard-hitting skills are equal to any of the men!

Mine, no mine...Mike and Cary go for it.
The games were fast and furious, with the lead changing at least 5 times during the 6 games. After the tournament, a group went on to lunch at the Soldier Hollow Grill.

Kevin and Mike ready for action.

Whew, that was a workout!
Mike and Chesley take a break.
Jack and Rod ready for play.

Coming Events

Mixed Doubles Whistle Stop Tournament - April 26th

Let Ken know as soon as you receive his email if you want to participate. He hopes to have 40 players on 5 courts. The same format as Women's and Men's Tournaments will apply, with teams assigned randomly so no 2 people will play together more than once. Awards luncheon will follow.


Beginners Clinics - Wednesday, April 12th and Thursday May 11th at 10:00 am

If you know of anyone who would like to learn to play pickleball, have them contact Ken at These clinics are free of charge and participants do not need to be members of HVPC to attend. See Ken's latest email for more details.

Intermediate and Advanced Clinics - Dates TBD

The 2 clinics put on by Kevin Priebe and Ronni Edler will be rescheduled, so if you signed up and are still interested, Ken will send out information as soon as he has dates.

Utah Tournaments

If you are interested in playing in a tournament, you can find more information and register for the following tournaments on or

Ogden Pickleball Association - June 9-10
Eric Schuette, Brigham City - June 22-24
Alpine Days Pickleball Fest - August 4-5
Riverton Fall Classic - September 15-16
Fall Brawl, St. George - October 10-14

Stay tuned for information about outdoor play, court-building, fund-raising, and ways the HVPC members can help in the next blog.