2016 Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational – Results

The third annual Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational was held this past July at the TPC (Toledo Pickleball Club) courts in Rossford, OH and featured a little bit of everything. (Including: A full complement of 150 players from several states and even a few other countries, a heat advisory all three days of the event with the heat index topping out at 106 degrees, the hope and grace of rain holding off for the first two days and finally the skies giving way early afternoon on the last day, bringing on the “fear of all fears” and moving a working tournament from the six wet courts outdoors to the recreation center a half mile away with four dry courts indoors…)

There were two players who won three gold medal (winning every event they played in) and three more players with who won three medals (one for each event they played in)…Toledo Pickleball Logo

3 Golds-Tom Wells, Court Haslup

2 Golds, Bronze- Leonardo Gonzalez

Gold, 2 Silvers- Sue Yuan

2 Silvers, Bronze- Nancy Meyer

There were six players who won a gold medal and then medaled in another event also. And there were several other players that medaled in two events, along with all the gold medalists in just one event. (See the results list and most of their pics after the article…)

Gold, Silver- Matt McEwen, Mark Grimes, Karla Chesser, Mike Yuan, Andrea Rokicsak

Gold, Bronze- Pete Emch

Due to injury and defaults we had a couple of women, sub in for a male in the men’s doubles event. In both cases, the switch was a good one. In the Men’s 3.0 doubles, Mike Yuan’s partner left due to the weather delay and his wife Sue, stepped in and helped him win a silver medal. Early on Sunday morning, Eric Brown’s partner (and his dad) Dave, slipped, fell and broke his wrist while playing. The paramedics did a great job getting Dave to the hospital and then the docs got his wrist set in a cast. In the meantime, since the match had just started, Linda Hill jumped in to take Dave’s place and they won. (A special thanks to their first round opponents, Rick Potter & John Paul Aparicio, for being good sports and letting them make that substitution) Eric and Linda battled in the Men’s 4.0 doubles making to the semi-final round before losing the closest match of the tourney (12-10,10-12,12-10) to bronze medalists, Gordon Statz & Dan Kerr, and finished fourth overall.

Comebacks and Paybacks: What is a sporting event or tournament without great comebacks (or pay backs)? Take a look at the following comebacks and paybacks, with the best of them all at the end of this section:

Men’s Doubles 4.0: Mike & Brian Yunker def. Mark Grimes & Matt McEwen 11-9,11-4 in the semi-finals. Mark & Matt fought through the elimination matches to face the Yunkers in the gold medal match one more time. This time they prevail in three straight games to take the gold, 11-7,11-6,15-8. (Payback)

Men’s Singles (3.0-3.5): David Ronau defeated Craig Sloboda 11-9,11-3 in the first round. Craig fought through four elimination matches before getting his second chance against David. Craig lost the first game to David and then came back to win the next two games, the match and a silver medal (though he had to default in the gold medal match (fatigue)), 10-12,11-8,11-7. (Comeback/Payback)

Men’s Singles (4.0-5.0): Tom Wells lost the first game easily to Jay Simon in the gold medal match. Perhaps the heat or the lack of playing singles in more than a year was taking its toll on him. Tom found his rhythm in the second game and went on to win the last two games and the gold medal easily, 3-11,11-2,11-5.  (Comeback)

Mixed Doubles 4.0: Betsy Kenniston & Leonardo Gonzalez defeated Rachael Moritz & Matt McEwen 11-9,11-7 in the semi-final match. Rachel & Matt had to win two elimination matches to get a rematch. They won those matches and then defeated Betsy & Leonardo 11-9,11-5 in the bronze medal match. In the gold medal match, they won the first two games 11-3,11-4, before falling to the eventual champions, Court Haslup & Gene Rosswurm, 3-15 in the tiebreaker game. (Payback)

Women’s Doubles 4.5,4.0: Top seeded Andrea Rokicsak & Becky Selenko defeated Amy Rakowski & Nadine Geering 11-4,11-6 in the second round, but then lost to the mother-daughter team of Marilyn & Court Haslup in the winner’s bracket finals 11-1,11-1. Amy & Nadine won two elimination matches to get their rematch and revenge against Andrea & Becky, 11-4,11-5. Then they went on to take the first game in the gold medal match 11-1, before bowing out to the eventual champion Haslup team (who also won this division in 2014), 5-11,7-11. The 4.0 players took the top two spots in this combination bracket. (Payback)

Women’s Singles: Andrea Rokicsak defeated Court Haslup in three tough, hard fought games 8-11,11-7,11-8 in the second round and then went on to defeat Nancy Meyer in the finals of the winner’s bracket 11-8,11-7. Meanwhile, Court marched through three elimination matches until she got her rematch with Andrea in the gold medal match. After losing the first game 5-11, Court came back and won the next two games 11-9,11-4. (So, after playing six games against each other, the score was tied at 3-3 in games and 54-53 points, with the slight edge to Andrea and one game to decide it all.) In the tie-breaker game, Court was just too strong, as she won 15-4, to win the gold medal and get the “Comeback and the Payback Match of the Tournament”. Great job ladies… 🙂

We would like to give a special thanks to our tournament sponsors for this year’s event including the Rossford Convention and Visitors Bureau, Billy V’s Restaurant, the law firm of Heban, Sommer and Murphree, Richard L. DeVaul Tax Service and the Burger Bar 419. Their generous contributions really helped us bring you this event, so if you get the chance, please patronize their services during the year.

We would also like to thank all of the many volunteers who helped with this year’s event. Without your time, effort and hard work, we would not be able to host our event each year. We would like to give a special shout out to our tournament chairperson, Connie Mierzejewski and her assistant, Charlie McKnight, who put in many long hours and to Co-ambassador Marsha Koch, who basically ran the operations desk this year. And one more special shout out to Jim Barnhart, who worked so hard as our court manager all three days in the 100 degree plus heat index, that he not only lost his voice, but he almost had to go to the hospital for dehydration. Thank you all for your gracious help in making this event our best (and biggest) one yet… 2016 Toledo Pickleball Glass City Photos

Tournament Results


Singles Skill Levels (3.0-3.5)

  1. Leonardo Gonzalez– (by Forfeit)
  2. Craig Sloboda– (10-12,11-8,11-7)
  3. David Ronau– (8-11,11-8,11-2)

Singles Skill Levels (4.0-5.0)

  1. Tom Wells-( 3-11,11-2,11-5)
  2. Jay Simon-( 11-9,11-5)
  3. Thomas Fischietto-(15-3)

Doubles Skill Groups 3.0

  1. Ron June – Scott Clites– (11-4,11-8)
  2. Sue Yuan-Mike Yuan– (11-2,11-2)
  3. Jerry Sloan-Terry Sappenfield– (11-2,11-8)

Doubles Skill Groups 3.5

  1. Leonardo Gonzalez – Pete Emch– (9-11,11-5,11-5)
  2. Steve Clay – Jay Ortlip– (11-6,11-6)
  3. Dave Rice – Robert Allen– (9-11,11-6,11-9)

Doubles Skill Groups 4.0

  1. Mark Grimes – Matt McEwen– (11-7,11-6,15-8)
  2. Mike Yunker – Brian Yunker– (11-7,12-10)
  3. Gordon Statz – Dan Kerr– (12-10,10-12,12-10)

Doubles Skill Groups 4.5

  1. Ryan Burdick-Darren Coleman– (15-11)
  2. John Collier-David Sabino– (8-11,11-6,11-4)
  3. Charlie McKnight-Gary Ball– (15-11)


Doubles Skill Groups 5.0

  1. Tom Wells-Paul Sprainitis– (11-7,11-5)
  2. David Seckel-Will Willson– (12-10,11-9)
  3. Ryan Clutter-Jim Hackenberg– (15-8)

Mixed Doubles

Mixed Doubles 3.0

  1. Sue Yuan – Mike Yuan– (11-6,11-1)
  2. Kim O’Neal – Tom Lemaster– (11-8,11-1)
  3. Caitlin O’Neal – Lynn White– (16-14)


Mixed Doubles 3.5

  1. Renee Buettner – Mark Weaver– (11-8,11-8)
  2. Karla Chesser – Mark Grimes– (11-7,12-10)
  3. Carol Martin – Pete Emch– (11-0,11-1)

Mixed Doubles 4.0

  1. Court Haslup – Gene Rosswurm– (3-11,4-11,15-3)
  2. Rachael Moritz – Matt McEwen– (11-9,11-5)
  3. Betsy Kenniston – Leonardo Gonzalez– (11-9,11-7)

Mixed Doubles 5.0,4.5

  1. Marsha Koch-Tom Wells– (3W-99 pts.)
  2. Nancy Meyer-Duane Hill– (2W-68 pts.)
  3. Liz Sepeda-Charlie McKnight– (W-54 pts.)



Doubles Skill Groups 3.0

  1. Baleigh Fleck – Taylor Favorite– (7-11,11-7,11-0)
  2. Sue Yuan – Lynn Gambrel– (11-9,11-0)
  3. Caitlin O’Neal – Kim O’Neal– (16-14)

Women’s Doubles Skill Groups 3.5

  1. Karla Chesser-Mary Massengill– (4W-84 pts.)
  2. Carol Martin-Annie Yunker– (2W-73 pts.)
  3. Cindy Brown-Dawn Brown– (2W-68 pts.)

Doubles Skill Groups 4.0

  1. Court Haslup-Marilyn Haslup– (1-11,11-5,11-7)
  2. Amy Rakowski-Nadine Geering– (11-4,11-5)
  3. Anne Butler-Mary Kozak– (15-8)

Doubles Skill Groups 4.5

  1. Andrea Rokicsak-Becky Selenko– (11-4,11-6)
  2. Nancy Meyer-Liz Sepeda– (15-5)



  1. Court Haslup– (5-11,11-9,11-4,15-4)
  2. Andrea Rokicsak– (11-8,11-7)
  3. Nancy Meyer– (11-7,11-7)


2015 Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational Results

The 2015 Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational was hosted once again by the Toledo Pickleball Club near the end of July. Our event expanded from last year’s inaugural size of sixty players over two days to almost 90 players for this Friday through Sunday competition. Unlike last year, we had to battle the elements of a steady rain to start, high heat, two surprise thunderstorms (one w/high late night winds) and oppressive humidity. Despite the challenges, the matches finished all outdoors and all on time, save for the one mixed doubles finals that was rain interrupted on Saturday and finished up on Sunday morning.

2015 Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational

2015 Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational

Jessica LeMire, USAPA National bronze medalist for the last two years, was our top ladies player as she captured the first place blue glass mug in both the 5.0 Mixed Doubles (with partner Dave Kovanda) and the 5.0 Ladies Doubles (with partner Bobbi Little). Bobbi also took home a second place rock glass award with Duane Hill in the 5.0 Mixed Doubles. Nancy Meyer captured three awards by winning the Ladies Singles and finishing third in the 5.0 Ladies Doubles (with partner Shannon Gallup) and third again in the 5.0 Mixed Doubles (with partner Charlie McKnight). Shannon also captured awards for second in the Ladies Singles and third in the 4.0 Mixed Doubles (with partner Tim Hacker). Anita Epperly finished second in both the 5.0 Ladies Doubles (with partner Mollie Miller) and the 4.0 Mixed Doubles (with partner Brian Yunker), in our only rain interrupted match. Sue Hickey took second in the 4.0 Ladies Doubles (with partner Vicki McGrath) and won the big blue first place glass mug (along with hubby, Bill Hickey) in the 4.0 Mixed Doubles. Pat Galvin captured several awards, including third place in the 3.5 Ladies Doubles (with partner Sandy Tiell and second place in the 3.0 division), second place in the 3.5 Mixed Doubles (with partner Dan Horvath) and third place in the Ladies Singles. Tournament Director, Connie Mierzejewski took third in the 3.0 Ladies Doubles (with partner Robyn Blosh) and second in the 3.0 Mixed Doubles (with partner Steve Poseler). Other local women who fared well in the tourney included: Liz Sepeda & Judy Lambert, who took third place in the 4.0 Ladies Doubles, Ac Miller who won the 3.0 Mixed Doubles (with partner Jerry Groce) and Lisa Yunker, who came in third in this same division (with partner Pete Maxwell). Also, Pat Pastorek took third place honors in the 3.5 Mixed Doubles (with partner Bob Lineen).

On the men’s side, Charlie McKnight won the 4.5 Men’s Doubles (with partner Gary Ball) and also the Men’s Singles. Tim Hacker & Jeff Chantiny won all of their matches on their way to capturing the 4.0 Men’s Doubles honors, with the father-son team of Mike and Brian Yunker coming in third in this same division. Jerry Groce & Rick Potter won the 3.0 Men’s Doubles, while locals David Hamilton & Dan Horvath finished third in the same division. There are several other medalists not mentioned above that are listed in the results below. To see the individual match scores for each division, go to www.PickleBallTournaments.Com and look for our tourney results under “Tournaments”, then “Past Tournaments” and then click on the division you wish to see.

We were very fortunate to have our four tournament shirt sponsors for this year’s event, which included the Rossford Convention and Visitors Bureau, Billy V’s, Richard L. DeVaul Tax Service, Attorneys Heban, Sommer & Murphree. Several businesses and individuals donated prizes for our raffles, including the Boilermakers Local 85. The players also enjoyed a sample of the “Sweet Hots” from our local, famous Tony Packo’s.

Tournament director Connie Mierzejewski and her assistant Charlie McKnight worked hard to prepare for this second annual event. USAPA Tournament Schedule, Results & Points liaison, Marilyn Holiday, handled the court assignments and tourney results desk for the entire three day weekend. BCSN recorded a few of our matches on Sunday morning and Connie provided the color commentary. Many others contributed their time and efforts to make this event a success and we certainly appreciate it very much.

All in all, it was an excellent second time event and it will only get better in the years to come. We look forward to next year’s event, with perhaps even more players from our local area and from out of town.

2015 Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational Results

Men’s Doubles


Gold Medal – Jerry Groce – Rick Potter def. Ron Fortman – Joel Wood (10-12, 11-4, 13-11)

Silver Medal – Ron Fortman – Joel Wood def. David Hamilton – Dan Horvath (11-9, 5-11, 11-7)

Bronze Medal – David Hamilton – Dan Horvath def. Ron Emch – Steve Dobbins (15-13)


Gold Medal – Tim Hacker – Jeff Chantiny def. Todd Marvin – Johnny “P” Schrader (11-9, 11-2)

Silver Medal – Todd Marvin – Johnny “P” Schrader def. Mike Yunker – Brian Yunker (4-11, 11-4, 13-11)

Bronze Medal – Mike Yunker – Brian Yunker (Todd Marvin – Johnny “P” Schrader def. Dan Kerr – Gordon Statz (15-9))

4.5 – (Round Robin)

Gold Medal – Charlie McKnight-Gary Ball (2 Wins, 92 points)

Silver Medal – Dave Kovanda-Duane Hill (2 Wins, 86 points)

Bronze Medal – Thomas Fischietto-Mike Murphy (2 Wins, 81 points)

Men’s Singles – (Round Robin)

Gold Medal – Charlie McKnight (2 Wins, 66 points)

Silver Medal – Mario Martinez (1 Win, 36 points)

Bronze Medal – Ken Porter (21 points)

Mixed Doubles

3.0 – (Round Robin)

Gold Medal – Ac Miller-Jerry Groce (2 wins, 59 points)

Silver Medal – Connie Mierzejewski-Steve Poseler (1 win, 62 points)

Bronze Medal – Lisa Yunker-Pete Maxwell (27 points)

3.5 – (Round Robin)

Gold Medal – Rachael Moritz-Matt McEwen (4 wins, 121 points)

Silver Medal – Pat Galvin-Dan Horvath (3 wins, 124 points)

Bronze Medal – Pat Pastorek-Bob Lineen (2 wins, 77 points)


Gold Medal – Sue Hickey-Bill Hickey def. Anita Epperly-Brian Yunker (11-6, 10-12, 11-8)

Silver Medal – Anita Epperly-Brian Yunker def. Shannon Gallup-Tim Hacker (12-10, 11-5)

Bronze Medal – Shannon Gallup-Tim Hacker def. Linda Hill – Denny Vincent (15-9)

5.0/4.5 – (Round Robin)

Gold Medal – Jessica LeMire-Dave Kovanda (2 wins, 66 points)

Silver Medal – Bobbi Little-Duane Hill (1 win, 48 points)

Bronze Medal – Nancy Meyer-Charlie McKnight (33 points)

Women’s Doubles

3.0 – Medals

Gold Medal – Laura Englehart-Claudia Fontana

Silver Medal – Sandy Tiell-Pat Galvin

Bronze Medal – Connie Mierzejewski-Robyn Blosh


Gold Medal – Jean Johnson-Mary Massengill def. Laura Englehart-Claudia Fontana (11-3, 11-3, 16-14)

Silver Medal – Laura Englehart-Claudia Fontana (Jean Johnson-Mary Massengill def. Sandy Tiell-Pat Galvin (8-11, 11-6, 11-3))

Bronze Medal – Sandy Tiell-Pat Galvin def. Connie Mierzejewski-Robyn Blosh (11-7, 11-7)


Gold Medal – Linda Thompson-Laura Lindquist def. Vicki McGrath-Sue Hickey (7-11, 11-2, 11-5)

Silver Medal – Vicki McGrath-Sue Hickey def. Liz Sepeda-Judy Lambert (11-5, 11-4)

Bronze Medal – Liz Sepeda-Judy Lambert def. Linda Hill – Karla Chesser (15-5)

5.0,4.5 – (Round Robin)

Gold Medal – Bobbi Little-Jessica LeMire (2 wins, 66 points)

Silver Medal – Mollie Miller-Anita Epperly (1 win, 42 points)

Bronze Medal – Nancy Meyer-Shannon Gallup (39 points)

Women’s Singles – (Round Robin)

Gold Medal – Nancy Meyer (2 wins, 62 points)

Silver Medal – Shannon Gallup (1 win, 57 points)

Bronze Medal – Pat Galvin (13 points)

Men’s Doubles Gold Silver Bronze
3.5/3.0 Jerry Groce – Rick Potter Ron Fortman – Joel Wood David Hamilton – Dan Horvath
4.0 Tim Hacker – Jeff Chantiny Todd Marvin – Johnny “P” Schrader Mike Yunker – Brian Yunker
4.5 Charlie McKnight-Gary Ball Dave Kovanda-Duane Hill Thomas Fischietto-Mike Murphy
Men’s Singles Gold Silver Bronze
Charlie McKnight Mario Martinez Ken Porter
Mixed Doubles Gold Silver Bronze
3.0 Ac Miller-Jerry Groce Connie Mierzejewski-Steve Poseler Lisa Yunker-Pete Maxwell
3.5 Rachael Moritz-Matt McEwen Pat Galvin-Dan Horvath Pat Pastorek-Bob Lineen
4.0 Sue Hickey – Bill Hickey Anita Epperly – Brian Yunker Shannon Gallup – Tim Hacker
5.0/4.5 Jessica LeMire-Dave Kovanda Bobbi Little-Duane Hill Nancy Meyer-Charlie McKnight
Women’s Doubles Gold Silver Bronze
3.5,3.0 3.5-3.0 Laura Englehart-Claudia Fontana Sandy Tiell-Pat Galvin Connie Mierzejewski-Robyn Blosh
3.5,3.0 3.0 Jean Johnson-Mary Massengill Laura Englehart-Claudia Fontana Sandy Tiell-Pat Galvin
4.0 Linda Thompson – Laura Lindquist Vicki McGrath – Sue Hickey Liz Sepeda – Judy Lambert


2015 Pickleball Fever in the Zoo – Bob Northrop Memorial Tournament Recap

The second annual Pickleball Fever in the Zoo – Bob Northrop Memorial Tournament took place this past Kzoo Tourneyweekend at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, MI.

More than 240 players from across the country competed at the tournament run by Jim Hackenberg and his rock-star crew of volunteers.  States represented included Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  This year, nationally ranked players, Dave Weinbach and Steve Wong, attended the event.  Several members of the Toledo Pickleball Club also contended.

The competition was housed inside an ice arena, lined with eight courts.  Two additional courts were set-up in ‘The Cube,’ an auxiliary rink in the building.  There was also a practice net available for players to warm-up on.

The venue provided excellent accommodations for spectators.  Stadium seating gave fans the opportunityRefereeZe Scoring Stand to keep tabs on all eight courts, watching their favorite players and multiple matches at once.  Furthermore, refs utilized a fan-friendly scoring device called the RefereeZe Scoring Stand.  During the matches, the refs manually flipped score cards for the teams when they scored points.  As a result, spectators could look across the arena and follow the scores of the matches being played.  This tournament was the first one to use the scoring stand on every court.

Below are the 2015 Pickleball Fever in the Zoo tournament results for the Toledo Pickleball Club players and charter members.  For a recap of all the results click here

Mixed Doubles Skill
Bracket Gold Silver Bronze
Mixed Doubles 5.0 Corrine Carr – Daniel OToole Marsha Koch – Tom Wells Jessica LeMire – Alex LeMire
Women’s Doubles Skill
Bracket Gold Silver Bronze
Women’s Doubles  4.5 Vivian Knieper – Jan Doke Susan Wiartalla – Merriann Murphy Nancy Meyer – Sherry Sanford
Women’s Doubles 5.0 Corrine Carr – Simone Jardim Marsha Koch – Jessica LeMire Nicole Hobson – Dee Davison

Toledo Pickleball – Al Hager Tourney Recap

As you may remember, Al Hager teamed up with Pat Kane to win the gold medals in the Men’s 60+ Al 2015division at the USAPA Nationals VI held in Sun City Festival, Buckeye, AZ this past November. Al and Pat won all six matches and all twelve games, while allowing their opponents to score an average of less than 5 points per game. Talk about a dominating performance! Congratulations again Al

Well Al, who spends the winter at the Robson Ranch in Eloy, Arizona with his lovely wife Barb, has been playing in some additional southwestern tournaments and making some noise (along with capturing some more hardware). Below is a quick recap of the events in which Al has medaled:

03/27/15 – Spring Slam at Sun City AZ at the Sun City Pickleball Center in Marinette, Sun City, AZ
Al teamed with Bill Propert to defeat Mario Najera & Troy Horton by a score of 11-13, 11-6, 11-7 in the Men’s Doubles Skill Groups 5.0 Bronze Medal Match after finishing third in the round robin event to determine the medal match seeding.

03/18/15 – Robson Ranch 3rd Annual Tournament in Robson Ranch, Eloy, AZ
Al teamed up with the famous Yoda Friedenberg (author of the “The Official Pickleball Handbook”) to take the bronze medals in the Men’s Doubles 5.0. After a first round bye, they defeated Dave Touchet & Lynn Carlson by a score of 11-7, 13-11 in the winner’s bracket before losing to the gold medalists Jim Hackenberg & Bill Propert by a score of 11-4, 12-10. In the consolation bracket, they lost to the silver medalists, Maurice Parobec & Randy Bourne, in a tight match by a score of 9-11, 11-9, 11-3.

02/07/15 – Palm Creek RESIDENT Pickleball Tournament at the Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort in Casa Grande, AZ
In the Men’s Doubles Age/Skill 50-59: 5.0, 4.0 division, Al teamed with Maurice Parobec to win all three of their matches and defeat Les Scott & Steve Kiesler by a convincing score of 8-11, 11-0, 11-1 in the finals to win the gold medals.

01/19/15 – 2015 Happy Trails Classic at the Happy Trails Resort in Surprise, AZ
Al teamed with Tim Frazee to finish fourth in the Men’s 5.0 doubles event. They won their first match before losing to the gold medalists Scott Moore & Scott Lennan by a score of 11-2, 11-8 in the second round. They won another match in the consolation bracket before eventually losing to the silver medalists Ron Chang & Steve Dawson by a score of 15-3.

12/04/14 – 8th Annual Voyager Holiday Open Skill Level in Voyager RV Resort in Tucson, AZ Al teamed with Ken Holman to defeat Peter Giljohann & Jim Shupe by a score of 11-1, 11-8 in the bronze round before losing a very close match to Jeff Weinberg & Eitan Weisner by a score of 11-1, 13-15, 3-11, 15-12 in the USAPA Men’s Doubles 5.0 Final to take home the silver medals.

Al also teamed with Linda Hoggatt to defeat Lynn Syler & Mike Wagner by a score of 11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 15-9 in the USAPA Mixed Doubles 5.0 Final after losing their first match and then coming out of the consolation bracket to win five straight matches and the gold medals.

Thanks to Charlie McKnight for writing this recap!

See you on the courts!



Toledo Pickleball Players – Tournament Success Near and Far

USAPA Atlantic South Regional Tournament – Concord, NC (March 19-22, 2015)

Gary Ball and Rodney Grubbs (red shirts)

Gary Ball and Rodney Grubbs (red shirts)

Gary Ball and his partner, Rodney Grubbs (from Brookville, IN), took the gold medals in the Men’s Doubles Age Groups 60+ Division this past March. They did not lose any of their five matches, as they defeated the silver medal team of Rocky Clark and Jerry Clark in three games (2-11, 11-2, 11-7) in the winners’ bracket and then later in two games in the finals match (11-4, 11-3). Gary and Rodney also defeated the bronze medal team of Peter Guss & Steven Meredith in the winners bracket by a score of 11-8, 11-4. Congratulations Gary and Rodney!!!

Gary also paired up with Susan Gapen in the Mixed Doubles Age Groups 55+ Division to take the bronze medals. After winning their first match in the winners’ bracket, they lost and fell into the consolation bracket. They proceeded to win four matches before eventually losing their second match to the silver medal team of Margaret Wilburn & Rick Hobson in two games (11-6, 11-5). Congratulations again Gary and also to your partner Susan!!!

Williamston Hornets Pickleball Classic – Williamston, MI (March 27-29, 2015)

Father and Son, Mike and Brian Yunker

Father and Son, Mike and Brian Yunker

Father and son duo, Mike & Brian Yunker took home the bronze medals in the Men’s Doubles Skill Groups 4.0 Division. After losing their first match, the Yunkers won three matches in the consolation bracket before eventually losing to the silver medal team of Todd Marvin & Bela Bruckner in two games (13-11, 11-4). Congratulations Mike and Brian!!!

If you are a part of the Toledo area players and are in a tournament anywhere, please let us know so we can post your results. If you have a picture, please send that as well!



2015 Arnold Classic Pickleball Tournament – Toledo Pickleball

The first annual Arnold Classic Pickleball Tournament was held earlier this month at the BuckeyeToledo Pickleball Logo Building in the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, OH. Several Toledo Pickleball Club players participated and took home medals at this inaugural event. The venue was a little darker than what we are used to and the ball was a different, heavier indoor ball than we normally use. (And no, the real Arnold Schwarzenegger did not come and watch us play… 🙂

In the top women’s doubles division, Marsha Koch and Jessica LeMire won gold medals by winning all of their matches without losing a game. They defeated the team of Laura Fenton-Kovanda & Jodi Elliott (11-7, 11-7) in the finals. In the 3.5 women’s doubles, Betsy Kenniston & Liz Sepeda took home the silver medals after a very, very close loss (9-11, 6-11, 16-14) in the finals to the gold medalists, Lynn Dickerson & Denise Fulgham. Susan DeAngelis and Carol Martin also played in this division and narrowly lost (16-14) their consolation match to the eventual bronze medalists, Brenda Young & Linda Heimann.

In the Mixed Doubles 5.0 division, Jess teamed up with Rafael Siebenschein to take the gold medals, by defeating the husband/wife team of Jodi Elliott & Robert Elliott (11-9, 11-7, 15-12) in the finals after fighting their way back through three consolation bracket victories. Marsha teamed with Josh Grubbs to take home the bronze medals. In the Mixed Doubles 4.5 division, Susan Wiartalla & Daniel O’Toole took home the gold medals without losing a match. They defeated the team of Marie Eatough & Brian Murphy in the finals (11-4, 5-11, 11-6). Gary Ball teamed up with Gale Bagwell to win the bronze medals.

In the 4.5 men’s doubles, Charlie McKnight and Dave Kovanda teamed together for the first time and took home the silver medals. They lost to the gold medalists, Daniel O’Toole & Glenn Geda in the finals (5-11, 11-0, 11-8). Gary also teamed with Joe Valenti in the 5.0 men’s doubles division.
2015 Arnold Classic Pickleball Tournament Results for Toledo Pickleball Club Players

Mens Doubles Skill Groups
Bracket Gold Silver Bronze
Men’s Doubles Skill Groups 4.5 Daniel OToole –  Glenn Geda Dave Kovanda –  Charlie McKnight Brian Murphy –  Mike Murphy
Mixed Doubles Skill Groups
Bracket Gold Silver Bronze
Mixed Doubles Skill Groups 4.5 Susan Wiartalla –  Daniel OToole Marie Eatough –  Brian Murphy Gale Bagwell –  Gary Ball
Mixed Doubles Skill Groups 5.0 Jessica LeMire –  Rafael Siebenschein Jodi Elliott –  Robert Elliott Marsha Koch –  Josh Grubbs
Womens Doubles Skill Groups
Bracket Gold Silver Bronze
Women’s Doubles Skill Groups 3.5 Lynn Dickerson –  Denise Fulgham Betsy Kenniston – Liz Sepeda  Brenda Young –  Linda Heimann
Women’s Doubles Skill Groups 5.0,4.5,4.0 Marsha Koch –  Jessica LeMire  Laura Fenton –  Jodi Elliott Susan Schneider –  Shonda Schallenberger

2014 Pickleball Nationals VI – Jessica LeMire Reporting

With its mountainous views, crystal clear blue skies, 80 something degree temperatures, prickly 2014 Nationalscactus, and golf cart infested roads, the city of Buckeye, Arizona welcomed a record number of 730 participants, ages 8 to 80+ from all over the U.S. and beyond, to compete at the sixth annual USAPA National Pickleball Tournament. A total of 28 lighted courts at the Del Webb community of Sun City Festival accommodated more than 2000 matches over eight days of competition, which began at 8 a.m. and ended well into the evenings on most nights with one day finishing as late as 10 p.m. This year’s tournament was the largest in the history of the sport!

The atmosphere at the tournament buzzed with action and excitement. Vendors sold every kind of pickleball paddle, apparel, and bling imaginable, fans scurried from court to court cheering on their Camp Hack 2014favorite players, and pickleball legends could be seen battling one another on the courts. Nationals is a place where one feels at home chatting with fellow ballers about strategy, paddles, tournament brackets, and partner match-ups. Needless to say, this tourney is unlike any other one around.

This year’s trip kicked off a couple days before the actual tournament began. Marsha and I arrived in Hilary & Alice 2014Arizona on Halloween day, and that evening we went to the public courts to practice. There, the local pickleballers threw a costume party where players came dressed up as bumblebees, ladybugs, hippies, crayons, and pirates. Believe it or not it is difficult to play seriously against a Star Trek Spock monkey!

Jess Cindy & VonnieA special memory of this year’s tournament for me was having my parents and two aunts there cheering me on. My parents have been a strong support system at the local tourneys, but this was their first time out to the Nationals. Having two of my biggest fans there for me at this type of arena was unforgettable.

Several individuals represented Ohio and Michigan this year including: Corrine Carr (East Lansing, MI), Alice Dodgson (Norton Shores, MI), Yvonne Hackenberg (Kalamazoo, MI), Ronald Hohman (Oscoda, MI), Laura Fenton Kovanda (Columbus, OH), Dave Kovanda (Columbus, OH), Jessica LeMire (Grand Rapids, MI), Daniel McLaughlin (Portage, MI), and Will Willson (Commerce Township, MI)—Marsha Koch and Al Hager represented Toledo Pickleball.

Here is a recap of the results:

Yvonne Hackenberg – Gold, Women’s Doubles 60+ (with Hilary Marold); Bronze, Mixed Doubles 65+ (with Daniel McLaughlin)

Al Hager – Gold, Men’s Doubles 60+ (with Pat Kane)

Ronald Hohman – Bronze, Mixed Doubles 70+ (with Alice Tym); Bronze, Men’s Singles 70+

Laura Fenton Kovanda– Silver, Women’s Doubles 19+ (with Julie Haney)

Dave Kovanda – Silver, Men’s Singles 65+

Marsha Koch – Gold, Women’s Doubles 19+ (with Jessica LeMire); Bronze, Open Women’s Doubles (with Jessica LeMire)

Jessica LeMire – Gold, Women’s Doubles 19+ (with Marsha Koch); Bronze, Open Women’s Doubles (with Marsha Koch); Bronze, Mixed Doubles 19+ (with Brian Staub)

Daniel McLaughlin – Bronze, Mixed Doubles 65+ (with Yvonne Hackenberg)

William Willson – Bronze, Open Men’s Singles

Congratulations to these Mid-Westerners!

Now begins the countdown until the 2015 USAPA Nationals VII!

Toledo Pickleball Club (TPC) Summer Tournament Recap – Charlie McKnight Reporting

Great Lakes Open – 9/20/14 – 9/21/14
 Grand Traverse Bay YMCA, Traverse City, MI 49684

  • Anita Epperly teamed with David Sabino in the Mixed Doubles 50+ division to capture the silver medal, losing twice to the gold medal team of Merriann Murphy and Larry Vanderroest, in two close games.
  • Susan DeAngelis teamed up with Amy Rakowski to take home the bronze medal in the Women’s Doubles 19+ division. They avenged their first round loss as they marched back in the consolation rounds to the bronze medal match before losing to the silver medal team of Angie Reedy and Corrina Scholten.
  • Liz Sepeda and Anita Epperly won their first match in the Women’s Doubles 50+ division before running in to the gold medal team of Rebecca Dobler and Carolyn Ebbinghaus and then bowing out in their first match of the consolation round.

Tournament of Champions – 09/03/14 – 09/07/14
Gullo’s Pickleball Grotto, Ogden, UT 84403

  • Marsha Koch and Jess LeMire played in the Women’s Doubles Masters Open Division and had a first victory over the eventual bronze medal winners Tonja Major and Heidi Hancock in straight games (11-5, 11-7) before losing a tight three game match to the silver medalist Adina Jones and Gigi LeMaster (11-8, 9-11, 11-5). In the consolation round, Marsha and Jess barely got squeezed out 16-14 by the team of Denise Dy and Irina Tereshenko, (a couple of highly ranked tennis players).
  • Marsha also teamed with Tyler Wren in the Mixed Doubles Masters Open Division to upset Heidi Hancock and Phil Bagley, (Phil is the reigning 2013 Men’s National Doubles Champion) in a second round match with an extremely close two game victory (13-11, 12-10) before bowing out in the next two matches, (the final one to the bronze medalists, Alex Hamner and Matthew Blom by a 15-11 score).
  • Jess also teamed with Kyle Yates in the Mixed Doubles Masters Open Division to win one match in the second round and one match in the consolation round before losing 15-10 to the team of Hamner and Blom.
  • Jess also played in the Women’s Singles Masters Open Division, losing to the silver medalist Christine McGrath in two games in the first round before bowing out in the consolation round

USAPA Great Lakes Regional 2014 – 08/15/14 – 08/17/14
Sport ONE/Parkview Fieldhouse, Fort Wayne, IN 46805

  • Marsha Koch and Jess LeMire won the gold medal for the Women’s Doubles- 5.0 Division with an 11-3, 11-8 victory over Stephanie Lane and Nicole Hobson in the finals. Jess also won a bronze medal with her brother Alex in the Mixed Double 5.0 Division.
  • Charlie McKnight and Dave Sabino won the gold medal for the Men’s Doubles- 4.5 Division with an 11-7, 9-11, 11-1 victory over “Oh NO, Mr. Bill” Ritchie and Ted Meyer in the finals.
  • Wayne Goodwin partnered with Michael Taylor for the first time took a bronze medal in the Men’s Doubles- 3.5: (19+, 35+, 50+) Division.

2014 Michigan Senior Olympics Summer Games – 08/11/14 – 08/14/14
OPC, Rochester, MI 48307

  • Tim Hacker and Charlie McKnight won the silver medal in the Men’s Doubles (60-64) Division. They beat Burt Bothell and Scott Walstra in the bronze medal round 11-7, 11-8 before bowing to David Sabino and Glenn Geda 11-3, 11-3 in the finals. Charlie won the Men’s Singles (60-64) Division by beating David Sabino in the finals 11-7, 11-4.
  • JoAnne Tressler and Sharon Andersen took home the bronze medal in the Women’s Doubles (70-74) Division. JoAnne also took home a silver medal in the Women’s Singles (70-74) Division.

Royal Oak Skill Level Pickleball Tournament – 07/17/14 – 08/03/14
Pat Sullivan Pickleball Courts, Royal Oak, MI 48068

  • Marsha Koch and Jessica LeMire defeated Nancy Robertson and Susan Wiartalla in the Women’s Doubles (5.0, 4.5) Division finals 11-1, 11-6. Marsha also took home the silver medal with Paul Sprainitis in the Mixed Doubles (5.0) Division. Susan teamed up with Chris McCathney to win the Mixed Doubles (4.5) division.
  • Charlie McKnight and David Sabino defeated Chris Conflitti and Ross Kornoelje in the Men’s Doubles (4.5) Division finals 11-8, 6-11, 11-8.
  • Susan DeAngelis and Carol Martin played in the Women’s Doubles (3.5) Division and won one match in the consolation round before losing their second match.

Brighton Bulldog Doubles Classic – July 26 & 27, 2014
Scranton Middle School Brighton, MI

  • Charlie McKnight and Dave Sabino won the gold medal in the Men’s Doubles 4.5/4.0 Division.
  • Anita Epperly and Peggy Bakker took the bronze medal in the Women’s Doubles 4.0 Division.
  • Susan DeAngelis and Betsy Kenniston took fourth place in the Women’s Doubles 4.0 Division.
  • Liz Sepeda, Nancy Meyer and Carol Martin also played in the Women’s Doubles 4.0 Division.
  • Ernie Corpening and George Naymik took the bronze medal in the Men’s Doubles 3.5 Division.
  • Connie Mierzejewski and Ernie Corpening took the bronze medal in the Mixed Doubles 3.0 Division.
  • Connie Mierzejewski and Pat Pastorek took the bronze medal in the Women’s Doubles 3.0 Division.


Madness in Mentor Skills Pickleball Tournament – 07/12/14 – 07/13/14
Mentor Civic Center Park, Mentor, OH 44060

  • Marsha Koch and Jessica LeMire defeated Susan Wiartalla and Laura Fenton 11-2, 11-1 in the finals of the Women’s Doubles (5.0) Division.
  • Charlie McKnight and David Sabino defeated Duane Hill and Dave Kovanda 11-5, 11-4 in the finals of the Men’s Doubles (4.5) Division.
  • Betsy Kenniston and Susan DeAngelis defeated Janet Reed and Barbara Francosky 11-3, 11-4 in the finals of the Women’s Doubles (3.5) Division.

Rochester PickleFest V – 7-12-2014
Ontario Beach Boardwalk, Rochester, NY

  • Gary Ball and Duane Fregoe defeated Steve Pike and Joe Valenti 9-11, 11-5, 11-0, 15-3 to win the gold medal in the Open Division.

SoCal Summer Classic at Melba Bishop – 06/20/14 – 06/23/14
Melba Bishop, Oceanside, CA

  • Marsha Koch and Jessica LeMire lost a tight finals match to last year’s national championship team of Jennifer Lucore and Alex Hamner by a score of 2-11, 11-13, 15-6 to take home the silver medal. In route to the finals, Marsha and Jess lost a three game match to the nationally rank team of Mona Burnett and Gigi LeMaster 11-5, 5-11, 11-1. But after battling back through two elimination matches, they defeated Burnett and LeMaster 11-7, 11-7 in the in the bronze medal match. Congratulations on a job well done and for almost upsetting the reigning national champs.
  • Marsha Koch and Jessica LeMire defeated Leticia Brambila and Lydia Brambila 11-2, 11-5 to win the Women’s Doubles-(19+) Division.

2014 Meijer State Games of Michigan Pickleball Tournament – 06/20/14 – 06/22/14
MVP Fieldhouse, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

  • Susan Wiartalla teamed with Patrick Crandall to defeat Cricket Miller and Frank Rytlewski 11-8, 11-8, 15-10 in the finals of the Mixed Doubles-(19-49) Division.
  • Gary Ball teamed with Mark Stemerman to take home the silver medal in the Men’s Doubles-(60-64) Division.
  • Tim Hacker and Charlie McKnight finished in 4th place in the Men’s Doubles-(60-64) Division.
  • Nancy Meyer teamed with Susan Gapen to take the bronze in the Women’s Doubles-(55-59) Division.

Mid-South 2014 – 05/30/14 – 06/01/14
University of Louisiana, Monroe, Monroe, LA 71209

  • Gary Ball took the bronze medal in the Men’s Singles-(55+) Division. Gary also teamed with Christie Borne to take the bronze medal in the Mixed Doubles-(60+) Division.

Toledo Pickleball Club (TPC) May Tournament Recaps – Charlie McKnight Reporting

The Mix It Up In May, 2014 Pickleball Tourney was held in Howell, MI on May 17-18th. The team of Betsy Betsy and Susan DeAngelis Hartland Spring 2014Kenniston and Susan DeAngelis battled their way to the silver medal in the Women’s 3.5 Doubles, where they lost (a second time) to the winning team of Kantak-O’Toole in a very close and hotly contested three game finals match (12-10 in the third). Another Toledo Pickleball team of Carol Martin and Liz Sepeda saw double trouble in this event also, as they encountered the Kenniston-DeAngelis team twice, losing to them in the first round (3 games) and then losing to them in the consolation round (15-13) to finish fourth in that division. Another TPC team of Tim Hacker and Charlie McKnight competed in the 4.5 doubles and tasted a quick double defeat.

The Pickleball Fever in the Zoo – Bob Northrop Memorial Tournament was held in the Wings West Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, MI on May 23-25th. The team of Marsha Koch and Josh Grubbs won the Gold in the 5.0 mixed doubles, with Jessica LeMire and her younger brother Alex taking home the sliver. The Lemire’s battled the team of Susie Wiartalla and Tom Wells (who finished fourth) in the consolation round, winning a close one at 15-13. Tom Wells and Paul Sprainitis won the Bronze in the 5.0 men’s doubles by beating the team of Al Hager and Sebastian Krzywicki in three games in their second round match. Marsha Koch and Jessica LeMire cruised through the Gold in the 5.0 women’s doubles in round robin format, defeating both of their opponents in two games. Susan Wiartalla and Merriann Murphy won the Gold in the 4.5 women’s doubles, defeating the number one seeded team of Doke-Knieper twice. Betsy Kenniston and Liz Sepeda took the long way home in winning the Gold in the 3.5 women’s doubles by losing their first match and then having to win seven matches in a row (including two tough matches in the gold round). The team of Susan DeAngelis and Connie Mierzejewski also participated in this division, losing their first round match and then winning two close matches in the consolation round before bowing out to the eventual 5th place team. Tim Hacker and Charlie McKnight won a tough first round match against the number one seeds, before losing the next two matches in the 4.5 men’s doubles.

Way to go Team Toledo!!!!


Battle of the Paddle – Westerville Tournament Results

This past weekend the Second Annual Westerville Battle of the Paddle Tournament was held.  Toledo Pickler’s, Betsy Betsy Kenniston Wayne Goodwin Westerville Silver 2014 3.5Kenniston and Wayne Goodwin brought home the gold in the 3.5 Mixed Doubles Bracket.  Betsy and Wayne excelled over the competition and were great representatives of  Toledo Pickleball. Wayne, along with his partner Dave Majick (Chardon, OH), also brought home silver in the Men’s Doubles 3.5 bracket.


The tournament director, Erik Dicke, and his team really put on a nice tournament with over 120 players registered to play.  The Westerville Club has grown from 6 people to 100+ players in about 2 years!

Next year for those of you looking for a nicely run local tournament, give the Battle of the Paddle Tournament in Westerville, OH a try! While you are in Westerville, make sure you stop and get some Graeter’s Ice Cream too :)!

Congrats again to Betsy and Wayne!  Nicely done!