Pickleball Competitors Heat It Up
New courts put a shine on the tournament
Story and photos by Mark Pitzer
Note: The Pickleball mania that has swept through the country is no more apparent than here in Fremont where players from throughout the county and beyond have embraced the impressive, newly inaugurated courts on Maple St. N3 asked Mark (who previously shared his Electric Forest experience oin our pages) to give us the skinny on how the first event held at the new courts played out.
Fremont recently hosted a successful two day Pickleball Tournament at the new outdoor courts on Maple Street; close to downtown.
Over one hundred volunteers and players came together to participate in Newaygo County's biggest Pickleball competition Friday 7/18 and Saturday 7/19. Forty two, 2 person teams registered and played on six newly completed courts. Players competed in categories based on ability, age and gender, with some players competing in multiple categories with mixed doubles on Saturday.
Special recognition is earned by the players that travel the greatest distance to participate. The winning couple traveled 430 miles downstate from Marquette. Volunteers and competitors worked together to make this tournament a landmark event for Newaygo County players.
Baby Food Festival Pickleball Tournament Medal Winners
Friday, July 19, 2019
1st Place Roger Hershberger and Steven Hershberger
2nd Place John Sinicki and Tony Linn
3rd Place Aiden Fickle and Jeff Drudi
Men’s 3.5 50 years and above
1st Place Tom Schlaffer and John Durham
2nd Place Jim Walker and Matt Feldpaush
3rd Place Ben Bonk Sr. and Scott Bonk
Men’s 3.5. 49 years and younger
1st Place Richard Betz and Chris Christoffersen
2nd Place Lance Anderson and David Castillo
3rd Place Steve Coxon and Cole Hudson
1st Place Jaymie Riedel and Jen Stuppy
2nd Place Julia Henderson and Denise Fishell
3rd Place Betsy Jasper and Christine Christoffersen
1st Place Jonra Jacoby and April Rastoskey
2nd Place Kim Schoof and Tracey Holmberg
3rd Place Rayme Supernaw and Kristin Krim
1st Place Bev Leimback and Vicki Howard
2nd Place Pat Durham and Christie Pollock
3rd Place Lynn Brookhouse and Katie Harrington
Saturday, July 20, 2019
1st Place Jodie Kyes and Walker Christoffersen
2nd Place Christine Christoffersen and Lance Anderson
3rd Place Jen Stuppy and Jeff Stuppy
Mixed 3.5 50 and Above
1st Place Denise Fishnell and Tony LInn
2nd Place Mary Reese Pumford and Mike Pumford
3rd Place Marilyn Reichardt and James Kremer
Mixed 3.5 49 years and Under
1st Place Angie Patton and Matt Feldpausch
2nd Place Rayme Supernaw and Rich Betz
3rd Place Tracey Holmberg and Chris Christoffersen
1st Place Barb Jamros and Rob Jamros
2nd Place Tawnie Kane and David Castillo
3rd Place Amanda Danley and Mike Kane
The courts are open to the public from 7:30 AM through 9:00 PM. Newaygo County Pickleball Club host regular play for locals and visitors on M-W-F from 9:00 - 12:00 for mostly competitive players and T-Th-F from 9:00 - 12:00 for recreational and newcomers to this popular game.
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