Tag: Pickleball

Pickleball medals are piling up for SaddleBrooke

From the left: Bronze medalists Bill and Lee, Gold medalists Greg and Ed

Andrea Molberg Both pickleball players and pickleball medals are plentiful in SaddleBrooke. SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association (SPA) now has 628 members cheering about their friends’ latest tournament results and the congratulations are well deserved. The 2017 Tucson Senior Olympics were held February 2 through 5 at Tucson’s Voyager RV Resort with sunny and pleasant weather. Teams…

Meet Pickleball Ref Steve Phillips

Players standing around after they have won matches might opt to pitch in and try refereeing.

Andrea Molberg Why does someone agree to be a referee on a hot court for free? Steve Phillips’ answer is, “for the love of the game, to give back to the community and especially to surround myself with laughter, smiles and positive people.” After being diagnosed with renal cell kidney cancer in 2012, he and…

SaddleBrooke Pickleballers medal at Duel in the Desert

Janice Golden and Paul Frederickson

Pete Giljohann Gold, silver and bronze! SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association (SPA) was well represented at the fourteenth annual Duel in the Desert Pickleball Tournament at Palm Creek RV Resort in Casa Grande in early March. This year’s Duel in the Desert tournament played over four days had 518 participants and 690 matches. It is one of…

SPA celebrates its tenth year

Andrea Molberg Pickleball in SaddleBrooke is 10 years old! SPA (SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association) was conceived and the initial charter signed on February 26, 2007. The first court was outlined with masking tape in the MountainView parking lot and play was limited to weekends only because of traffic. The tape would rub off and need to…

Pickleball Association is adopting

SPA, SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association, will take part in the Adopt-a-Highway program in Pinal County. SPA will adopt a portion of Edwin Road from Eagle Crest Ranch Boulevard, which is the eastern boundary, to N. Columbus Road, the western boundary. Pinal County supplies safety vests and bags for the pickup of trash and debris. After the…

SaddleBrooke Pickleball in 2017

Andrea Molberg SPA, the SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association, has 683 members and a new Board for 2017. Here are a few of the leaders: Tom Kruse, the president of the new SPA Board, is beginning his fourth year on the board. He’s been secretary, vice president and president. Tom played tennis for 50 years before he…

Pickleball’s 2016 Social Holiday Party highlights

Linda Cornish The headcount was just a hair under one hundred with lots of new faces at SPA’s (SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association) Holiday Party for 2016 held again at HOA 1. The attendees dined on Chateau Briand, sole stuffed with crab and bacon or a vegetarian entrée and, as I looked around the table, the plates…

Start the new year with Pickleball

Andrea Molberg Looking for a great way to exercise and meet people? Pickleball may fit your needs perfectly. Extremely popular in SaddleBrooke and with all age groups across the country, Pickleball is easy to learn, yet challenging and fast paced for experienced players. Played on a court a third of the size of a tennis…

Pickleball opportunities are springing up all over

Andrea Molberg If you are traveling over the holidays, you may wonder, “Where can I play Pickleball?” This addictive sport has taken off all over the country, so players need not despair. In suburban Minneapolis, for example, the summer courts temporarily situated on an ice rink may be gone, but the local community gym provides…