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What’s a Little Stinkin’ Snow When It’s Time for Pickleball?

Pickleball … or snowball? For the past couple of months, Tom Richmond and Dave Morse have been leading a quiet movement to play outdoors all year long! Tom tells us that shoveling off a court at Trent Park is easier than it looks. They even got a group out to play, surrounded by snow, on the day before Thanksgiving! How SCPA first heard of this phenomenon: On November 17, Jerry Veazey emailed, “Joni and I walked down to get a paper this morning and heard pickleball noise coming from the Trent Courts. We found Tom & Dave playing. “We Summit (more…)
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Trip Report — Pickleball in Costa Rica!

During the first week of December, 25 Summit County players — Jerry and Joan Veazey; Vanessa Koehler; Lori Miller; Julie and Bob Worthington; Wendy Tilden and Richard Sullivan; Deb Stacey and Howard Townley; Lori McWain and Terry Armstrong; Carla Christiansen and Gary Wilson; Pricilla and John Flanders; Linda Bush and Terra Lee; Paul and Sharon Jones; Kai-Peter and Lilian Koenig; and Ruth and Steve Kent — joined about 60 other players from Colorado and around the US for a week of pickleball in Costa Rica. Organized by James Main, a 5.0 player who recently moved from Colorado to Mexico, the (more…)
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Trip Report — USAPA Nationals!

By Julie Worthington What an experience! Coincidentally, our family road trip to Oxnard, CA coincided with the National Pickleball Championships at Indian Wells, CA — right on our route! What a thrill … and what an experience to witness the best pickleball players in the world! Upon arrival at the beautiful Indian Wells venue, Bob and I were greeted by SCPA president Lori Miller, Summit County’s best. Lori was like a kid at Christmas — grinning from ear to ear, hardly believing she was really at Nationals, and introducing us to people right and left. A true Ambassador of the (more…)
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Trip Report — PICKLEBALL Cruise!

After several years’ conversation among SCPA members about what fun a pickleball cruise would be, Mary Sisti put one together for November!   Fifteen intrepid SCPA members and friends departed Ft. Lauderdale on the Regal Princess, sailing to eastern Caribbean ports including St Thomas St Maarten, and Princess Cay. The group had exclusive use of two pickleball courts for three hours daily, with additional time to play with any guests on the week-long cruise.   The weather was great, with just occasional wind. Mary writes, “The wind was a factor at sea as well as in port but I think we actually (more…)
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New SCPA T-shirt Now Available!

SCPA member and artist Bob Sisti has designed a new Summit County Pickleball T-shirt with help from Wendy Tilden.  This new shirt emphasizes our Colorado locale by featuring the colors in the Colorado state flag, as well as the flag’s stylized “C.”  Of course, our club tag line, “We play with an altitude,” remains. The photo above provides a close-up of the back of the shirt.  There is also a design on the front chest, shown at left. The shirt is made of same material as our standard (“neon”) SCPA shirts (which will continue to be available for sale), in (more…)
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Sign Up for Group Texts About Drop-in

Dana Cottrell administers a group texting service exclusively for SCPA members to communicate late-breaking information and/or questions regarding pickleball drop-in times, places, weather and court conditions. It’s surprisingly helpful, in addition to being easy to turn off the texts if you don’t want to receive them for awhile (say if you live part of the year elsewhere). The easiest way to join up is to contact Dana at dana@danacottrell.com or (970) 390-1022, give her your mobile phone number and ask her to add you to the group. But if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, try this: First, go to https://groupme.com/en-US/ and enter your (more…)
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Featured Member—Kai-Peter Koenig

SCPA member Kai-Peter Koenig immigrated to the United States from Germany at age 10, just seven or eight years after WWII.  Eager to fit into his new country, Kai-Peter adopted the first name “Pete,” Americanized the pronunciation of his last name, and quickly learned perfect, unaccented English.  In his early 20s, Pete served as an officer in the US Army in Korea, where he met his wife Lillian, also a US Army officer.  He subsequently made a career of healthcare management for the US Department of Defense.  In 1977, deeply inspired by the groundbreaking mini-series Roots and its exploration of  assimilation versus (more…)
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Summer Fun Tournament Honored Founders

Once again, Tom Stanar ably organized and managed the annual Summer Fun Tournament and Pot Luck Breakfast with help from his wife Linda, Jerry Veazey, an injured Richard Bloom, and Barb and Marnie Chisholm.  Artist Nancy Bowerman topped her previous custom prize creations.  Richard Sullivan and Wendy Tilden snagged our first-ever tournament sponsor, Dillon’s Einstein Bros Bagels.  And Rick Bell and Mike and Karen Miller provided logistical help. Upper men’s: Dennis, Mike, Jim and Paul While Thursday’s mixed doubles competition was rained out, 56 members competed in men’s and women’s doubles on Wednesday.  The winners were: Men’s upper division:  Paul Jones (more…)
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SCPA “Cleans Up” at Vail Western Regional Tournament

SCPA members took home eight medals in the Vail Western Slope Regional Pickleball Tournament, August 15-19!  Congratulations to: Junior Serenel for Gold in 4.0 Men’s Singles (in his first tournament ever) Lori and Chuck, Gold 4.0 Lori Miller and Chuck Maish for Gold in 4.0 Mixed Doubles Julie Worthington and Linda Bush for Gold in 3.5 Women’s Doubles Rich Garcia and Ruthie Kimmons for Gold in 3.0 Mixed Doubles (in Ruthie’s first tournament) Junior and Senior Serenel for Silver in 3.5 Men’s Doubles (in their first tournament) Chuck Maish, with Vail-based partner Mike Leigh, for Silver in 4.0 Mens Doubles 60+ Julie and Bob Worthington for Bronze in (more…)
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Trip Report — Pickleball in Japan!

SCPA members Jerry and Joan Veazey spent spent May 7 to 17 touring and playing pickleball in Japan, hosted by USAPA National Champion Daniel Moore.   Here’s Jerry and Joan’s exciting first-hand report: Our group of 17 Americans acted as pickleball “ambassadors” in an effort to promote the growth of the sport in Japan, where it was introduced in 2014.   In the photo at top, we’re joining the Japanese pickleball club of Saku-Kitaaiki Village, population 750. We were the most Americans to EVER visit the village and we enjoyed quite a reception! Members of the local club bowed and applauded as (more…)