Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational – Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 22-24, 2016

If you are looking for a fun tournament this summer please come and join us for the 3rd Annual Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational. The events will include Women’s Doubles & Men’s Singles on Friday, Mixed Doubles on Saturday and Men’s Doubles & Women’s Singles on Sunday. The format will be double elimination using the USAPA Rules. Doubles Skill Levels will include 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0. The Singles will be an open event for all skill levels. For more information, contact tournament director Connie Mierzejewski at 419-509-3023 or email her at
To view more tournament details online or to register, please go to the following link:
If you would like to help us promote our tournament with your club or local players, here is the link to the printable PDF – 2016 Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational

Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational – Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 17-19, 2015

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Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational – Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 17-19, 2015
We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our second annual Toledo Pickleball Glass City
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Invitational this summer. The events will include Women’s Doubles & Men’s Singles on Friday, Mixed Doubles on Saturday and Men’s Doubles & Women’s Singles on Sunday. The format will be double elimination using the USAPA Rules. Doubles Skill Levels will include 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0. The Singles will be an open event for all skill levels. For more information, contact tournament director Connie Mierzejewski at 419-509-3023 or email her at

To view more tournament details online or to register, please go to the following link:
If you would like to help us promote our tournament with your club or local players, here is the link to the printable pdf 2015 Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational
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6 Awesome Courts!

The 2014 Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational

The Toledo Pickleball Club (TPC) hosted its first tournament over the August 23rd-24th weekend. Thirty doubles teams and 5 singles players participated and despite the hot and humid conditions, the attendance by pickleball fans was good. BCSN filmed a few of our matches on both days and they still have them available for those who subscribe to their Video-On-Demand programming. We anticipated a few players might balk at appearing on camera (particularly the two in the witness protection program), but we couldn’t have been more wrong–who knew there were so many “hams” in our group?

We now have permanent, televised proof that our “little tournament that could” actually did. All went well and we have some excellent, homegrown pickleball to view.  For example, in a Men’s 4.5 match, the team of Larry Vanderroest and Tom MacRitchie, (who won the division) had a thrilling comeback over the team of Rodney Grubbs and Gary Ball (who finished second in the division), with a final score of 21-20 (round-robin format). And the new-to-us the HaslupsMarilyn and Courtney–a mother/daughter team from Ft. Wayne were fun to watch, as they won the Women’s 4.0 division. Young Courtney employs an unconventional ambidextrous style and switches her paddle from hand to hand constantly.

Off-camera, the team of Don Greenburg and Ernie Corpening took on Jerry Kepus and John Chapman in the Men’s 3.0 gold medal match. The teams were well matched and incredibly good-natured. Greenburg and Corpening avenged their earlier loss by winning a tough (and very close) three game match, to force a tie-breaker game to decide the match. In that final game to 15, Don’s serve grooved in during the last several points to help his team pull out this well-deserved victory–just call him Ace.

In the Women’s 3.5 doubles, the team Susan DeAngelis and Betsy Kenniston and the twin sister team of Joan Fisher and Jane Kuta had both won their previous three matches to set up the final round robin match of the undefeated teams. In a hard fought, closely contested match, which saw long rallies and momentum swings back and forth, DeAngelis and Kenniston finally prevailed 21-18 in the end to capture the gold.

There were many other tight matches and great points played. Every player that participated is a champion in their own way just for taking the challenge of putting it all on the line and giving it their best effort. We were proud to host you all, whether you hailed from the local area or from a far.

In addition to the participating tournament players, we are so grateful to ALL of the volunteers who put in so much time and effort to make this event work. In particular, Jim Barnhart was responsible for taking care of the grounds. (Who did not notice how all the weeds around the courts were removed or how nice the mulch around the new concrete pad looked?) Ernie Corpening was responsible for the tables, the chairs and the easels for the event (and he also donated the TPC wristbands and extra water to the tournament). Both Jim and Ernie were present from dawn to close both days, helping to perform the many tasks involved in the set up and tear down of the site.

We’d also like to thank Marsha Koch for making arrangements for BCSN to film matches for both days, for coordinating (and training) the referees for the matches that required them, for being our color commentator on Sunday, making the Pickleball Rocks apparel line available for sale and for running a very successful raffle on Saturday that included a paddle donated by Al Hager.

Sandy Kushma, under the guidance of USAPA Tournament Schedule, Results & Points liason, Marilyn Holladay, handled the court assignments and tourney results desk for the weekend. Diane Pacella, Angie Lineen, and Joan Fisher handled the operations desk and checked all the players in for the weekend. Tim Hacker provided and set up his own tent on Saturday and Mike Yunker provided us with tents for both days of the event. The Boilermakers Local 85, with help from their business manager Tim Timmons, provided us with extra parking in their lot and the parking signs. Terry McKnight was all over the place to help with the general set up and tear down both days. Judy and Norb Heban also assembled our gift bags for the sixty five players.

Included in those gift bags was a sample jar of Sweet Hots Pickles and Peppers donated by Tony Packo’s. Scott Radel, Packo’s VP of Operations and Human Resources, took the time to stop by our event on Sunday.

Tournament director Connie Mierzejewski and her loyal assistant Charlie “The Nudge” McKnight worked hard to prepare for the event and their planning was creative and thoughtful.  In lieu of medals, they decided to award winners with engraved, commemorative glasses from Libbey Glass, which the medalists appreciated for their usefulness. Many others contributed their time and efforts to make this event a reality and we certainly appreciate it very much.

All in all, it was a very good first event and it came off as well as it did only because of the great efforts of many of our own TPC people who came through when we needed them the most.

Mark you calendars for the 2nd Annual Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational which will be held July 24, 25, 26, 2015!

Listed below are the tournament results:

Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational Results

Men’s Doubles Skill Groups

Men’s 3.0
1st Ernie Corpening – Donnie Greenburg – (11-3, 9-11, 13-11, 15-5)
2nd John Chapman – Jerry Kepus – (15-9, 11-8)
3rd Rick Rowland – Michael Reno – (15-11)

Men’s 3.5
1st Anthony Rincon – Todd Marvin – (11-0, 11-4)
2nd Wayne Goodwin – George Naymik – (11-5, 11-8)
3rd Chris Kwiatkowski – Bob Lineen – (13-11, 6-11, 11-8)

Men’s 4.0
1st Em Leeworthy-Lionel Trebilcock – (3 W’s, 63 pts.)
2nd George Daley-Bill Hickey – (2 W’s, 49 pts.)
3rd Brian Yunker-Gary Berger – (1 W, 55 pts.)

Men’s 4.5
1st Larry Vanderroest-T Mac Mac Ritchie – (4 W’s, 84 pts.)
2nd Gary Ball-Rodney Grubbs – (3 W’s, 83 pts.)
3rd Charlie McKnight-Tim Hacker – (2 W’s, 64 pts.)

Men’s Singles
1st Charlie McKnight – (2 W’s, 42 pts.)
2nd George Daley – (1 W, 22 pts.)
3rd John Chapman – (11 pts.)


Women’s Doubles Skill Groups
Women’s 3.0
1st Connie Mierzejewski-Pat Pastorek – (21-15)
2nd Ann Miller-Linda King

Women’s 3.5
1st Susan DeAngelis-Betsy Kenniston – (4 W’s, 84 pts.)
2nd Joan Fisher-Jane Kuta – (3 W’s, 81 pts.)
3rd Jo Anne Tressler-Carol Martin – (2 W’s, 63 pts.)

Women’s 4.0
1st Marilyn Haslup-Courtney Haslup – (3 W’s, 63 pts.)
2nd Sarah White-Sue Hickey – (2 W’s, 55 pts.)
3rd Jan Dempster-Judy Bastian – (1 W’s, 50 pts.)

Women’s Singles
1st Sarah White – (11-6, 11-3)
2nd Jo Anne Tressler

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2014 So Cal Summer Classic – Gold Medal Match: Open Women’s Doubles

In June, my women’s partner Jessica LeMire and I had the awesome opportunity of traveling out to beautiful Southern California to play some of the best women in the country.  Here is the video of our gold medal match against Jennifer Lucore and Alex Hamner.  These gals are amazing competitors and we were so pumped to have had the opportunity to play three matches against them.  We will be heading out to Ogden Utah next weekend to play in the Tournament of Champions!

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See you on the courts!





Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational – August 23 & 24, 2014

Toledo Pickleball is pleased to announce our first annual
Toledo Pickleball Glass City Invitational which will be Rossford Courts Post Conversion 6 courts- Courts are full!held on August 23rd & 24th at the Rossford courts. Men’s Doubles: (Sat.)-Singles: (Sun) amd Women’s Doubles: (Sun.) – Singles: (Sat.).   Registration will begin at 7:00am and play will begin at 8:00am.  For more detailed information and to register please go to

Connie Mierzejewski is the tournament director.  If you have any questions about this event, please contact Connie (419-509-3023, or Charlie McKnight (419-215-1310,

We hope you will join us!

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SAVE THE DATE: Sept. 20/21, 2014 Grand Traverse Bay – Great Lakes Indoor Pickleball Tournament

For those of you who might be looking for a beautiful place to vacation combined with a Pickleball tournament, Grand Traverse Bay is the place to consider.

The folks up in Traverse City will be putting on their 3rd Annual Indoor Pickleball  Tournament, September 20 & 21, 2014.  This tournament is a USAPA sanctioned, age designed tournament which also includes a 5.0 open bracket. Please click this link for more details and the complete registration form Traverse City Tournament registration 2014.


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2014 Royal Oak Skill Level Pickleball Tournament – Time to Register

Many of you competed in the Royal Oak Tournament last year and I hope many of you will sign up for the 2014 Royal Oak LogoTournament.  Royal Oak is an easy hour drive north of  the Toledo area.  Please make note that the weekend changed this year because of the need for a back up venue in case of bad weather.

For more information and to register please visit

For those of you signing up this year to play, I want to encourage you to sign up to be a ref. Actually every tournament you sign up for, it is a good idea to help ref.  This will also be helpful for our group this year, as we will very soon be announcing our first Toledo Pickleball tournament dates and we will need “all hands on deck”!

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Meijer Michigan State Games Skill Level Tournament 2014 – Registration Open

Registration is now open for the 2014 Meijer Michigan State Games.  This a USAPA Sanctioned Tier 3 event and is Olympic in its size, complete with opening ceremonies!  To find out more details please click this link

If you are interested in entering this event, here is the registration link

I am really looking forward to this tournament!  Grand Rapids MI is an awesome city and the tournament is top-notch. Hope to see many Toledo Picklers there again this year!

See you on the court!



Local Upcoming Tournament – Westerville, OH

Hey Toledo Pickler’s,

Westerville Parks & Rec is hosting their 2nd Annual Open Skill Level Indoor Tournament. For those of you who are not familiar, Westerville is approximately two hours south of the Toledo area near Columbus OH.

Tournament Format

• All events in all divisions will follow a round-robin format. Teams will be seeded, based
on round-robin results, into a single elimination tournament.
• All round-robin matches will be one game to 15, win-by-two points. All participants will
be scheduled for at least two matches in pool play. All single elimination tounament
games will be best two-of-three games to 11, win-by-two points.
• The tournament ball will be the white JUGS Bulldog. Current USAPA rules will apply.
• CHECK IN for each day’s events is 7:30 a.m.

Skill Levels: 3.0 & below, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 & above
If there are not enough participants in a skill group, skill groups may be combined.

All ages welcome. Must be pre-registered to participate.

The registration fee will be $25 per player which covers both Doubles and Mixed Doubles.
Registrations will be taken until April 25, 2014. Fee will include a T-shirt for all entrants.

Tournament will be held on six (6) indoor wood-surface courts at the Westerville Community
350 N. Cleveland Ave. Westerville, Ohio 43082.

Here is a link to the flyer that will fill you in on all of the other details. Let’s help support this local OH tournament.

Westerville Second Annual Pickleball Open Tourney 2014



Madness in Mentor OH – Pickleball Tournament Saturday & Sunday, September 7 & 8

Mentor Ohio Recreation Department will be hosting its first ever Pickleball Tournament.  Al Hager was instrumental in helping the Mentor leadership with all aspects of their court conversion.  They have 6 fabulous courts that are laid out exactly the same as our Toledo complex, the only thing that added was lights!  I recently played on these courts and they are really nice.

This will be a skill level tournament and I hope that some of our Toledo players might want to support their efforts.  Mentor, OH is an easy 2 hour and 15 minute ride from the Toledo area. The tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 7 & 8.  Here is the link for all the tournament details

Please note that the way to register for the tournament is to call the City of Mentor at 440-974-5720. Deadline for registration is August 30.

Additionally, if you have any questions, please call the Tournament Director Brian Murphy at 440-221-7487.