Old Grandpa Dick Johnson finished off his first time playing in the Idaho Senior Games by picking up Gold and Silver medals in Tennis. This totaled 8 medals in all (6 Gold, 1 Silver, & 1 Bronze) won by Dick in Tennis, Pickleball, & Table Tennis (He technically won 4 more Golds in Table Tennis, because, though 73, he beat every player from 50-74 years old). Dick dug out his tiny, old tennis racquet from 23 years ago, which he had used in the last tennis tourney and state championship he won in 1990, after which he quit playing the game (Not being too bright a guy, in 1990 he had continued playing competitively even after a back fusion in 1975).
Anyway, it was fun for him to play tennis again…and, kind of a milestone, because he’s now won state tennis championships in every decade, except one when he didn’t touch a racquet, since he was 14 years old. Truthfully, though, after picking up his old vintage racquet, serving underhand because of the bum back, and grunting through his first tournament in 23 years, we think its probably wise for him to stick with Table Tennis and Pickleball, where the court sure seems a lot smaller! Besides, Pickleball has brought great new friends into our lives… and, is so much fun!!!
I’m (Tami) writing this for Nick, because I know that he would not want to gloat about his winning a silver medal in Bocce Ball – yes I said Bocce Ball… The event took place last Saturday and we had about 12 players competing for medals. Nick and his partner MaryEllen got a silver medal – congratulations!!. My partner Patty and I won a clap for the “biggest Losers”:)… Bocce Ball was fun, but it doesn’t compare to the excitement that Pickleball has to offer…
The 2013 Idaho Senior Games Pickleball Tournament was held August 9 & 10th. There were close to 50 participants this year from the state of Idaho and neighboring states. There were a lot of medals given out for extraordinary playing. Well done!!
Some matches went long and the heat became an issue – so one match was delayed til the next day and another match was forfeited due to the heat… This is always a possibility when you play outdoors in August. All players had a fun time meeting “new” players and catching up with “old” players:)…
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make this a great year for our games. See you all next year in 2014…
To see the Medal winners and great photographed shots – go to the “Photos” tab and click on the “2013 Idaho Senior Games”…
The inaugural Dennis Forbes Pickleball Memorial was last week – July 18 -20, 2013…
It was a great turnout, with the best of the best participating. The weather was hot (100 degrees), but the matches were hotter!! It was an awesome experience to watch and learn from the different level players.
Our friend and wife of Dennis Forbes – Linda Forbes – was present and played in the tournament. Her and her female partner took a Bronze Medal (4.0).
Our own Rodell Hill and his partner – Gary Baker – took home the Silver Medal in 4.0 level.
Rodell Hill – Silver Medalist
We also saw pickleball friends that have come and played in the past with us in Boise… To name a few – John & Jeanne Schowalter (from Michigan), Carol Amos (Kathy Getto’s sister), JD Shew (Twin Falls), Debi Glogower (played in our Idaho Senior Games last year). We found all the players – lower skilled to higher skilled, very kind and helpful with tips and hints… John Gullo of Ogden sure knows how to put on a fabulous tournament. Thanks to all involved…
Congratulations to BAPA’s own Sonya Kincheloe for taking 3 Gold Medals home last week from the Thousand Trails RV Tournament in Bend, Oregon. It was a skill level event and had 170 participants!!! Sonya and Stan Sluder (another BAPA member) took Gold in the Mixed Doubles 3.5 event. Sonya and her female partner (Liz Hatfield) took Gold in the Women’s Doubles 3.5 event and then Sonya took Gold in the Single’s event…
Way to represent…
Dear Pickleball Enthusiasts: (From Bill Hart)
I became addicted to Pickleball the moment I learned it at an RV park in Gold Canyon, AZ, during the winter of 2013. I felt it was only a natural transition to establish a pickleball court here in Stanley, Idaho to allow the residents and visitors to this small mountain community the opportunity to experience this wonderful, fun new sport. I contacted the local school, which has an outdoor basketball court to see about converting it to a temporary pickleball court to be used during the summer months. I was given permission, as long as I repaired the cracks to the concrete surface.
I ordered a portable net system from the USAPA and I applied for one of their grants and was awarded a stipend to help offset some of the costs of setting up a court. I cleaned the surface of all of the debris and applied a concrete repair product to fill in all of the cracks and holes. From there, I applied tape to mark the lines and now I am offering free lessons to anyone who wants to become just as addicted as I am.
So now, nestled beneath the beautiful Sawtooh Mountains in central Idaho, in the community of Stanley at just under 7,000 feet you can have a new Pickleball experience. I invite all Pickleball addicts to come experience this “Rocky Mountain High” and enjoy playing in an outdoor venue with a scenic backdrop of mountain peaks towering over 10,000 in elevation.
Please pass this on to all fellow pickleballers you know that might be interested, maybe we could even organize a “Stanley Cup” tournament.
For further information or to schedule playing time, please contact:
Bill Hart Sawtooth Valley PickleBall Association
website: svpba.org email: email@example.com
PO Box 43 Stanley, ID 83278 208-991-2569
Outdoor court with the Sawtooth Mountains as a backdrop.
Musings from Pocatello. Mitch & Linda struck gold at the Southeast Idaho Senior Games.
With a small contingency of players, due to the tournament being held on the 4th of July
weekend, the tournament director decided on a Round-Robin format, pitting all teams
against each other, regardless of age categories. Mitch and Linda met the challenge ending
up at the top!