Tag: SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association

Pickleball’s fundraising phase one is complete

Shawne Cryderman The SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association has successfully raised over $650,000 toward the building of new indoor courts. This phase one goal was reached with donations from 66 percent of the membership, promises of loans of 25K from ten SPA members, T-shirt sales and contributions from friends of SPA and other members of the SaddleBrooke…

SPA participates in Adopt-a-Highway program

Mark Van Matre, VP of SPA SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association members participated in cleaning up a portion of Edwin Road on May 22, 2018, as part of Pinal County’s “Adopt-a-Highway” program. Front row left to right: Gail Bouffard, Henriette Kraut, Ken Powers, Dale Leman, Sandy Mayer, Vennie Fernandez, Robert Perez and Donna O’Shea. Back row: Charlie…

Pickleball gold and silver medals in Women’s Doubles

  Andrea Molberg Julie Wagner and Lou Powers won gold on February 1, 2018 at the Sun City Marinette Center Super Senior Circuit Tournament in Surprise, AZ. They competed at the combined skill levels of 4.0 and 4.5 in the 65- to 69-year old category of Women’s Doubles, coming in first in the 4.0 category…

Want to increase fun and fitness? Try pickleball

  Andrea Molberg Want to exercise more, get to know your neighbors, and have fun? Join us out on the pickleball court. You’ll see why pickleball, one of the fastest growing sports in the country, has really taken off in SaddleBrooke. This multi-generational game is both easy to play and easy to learn. Playing pickleball…

SPA members participating in Adopt-a-Highway program

  Mark Van Matre SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association members who participated in cleaning up a portion of Edwin Road on February 27, 2018 as part of Pinal County’s Adopt-a-Highway program, include: Front row (L to R): Ann Lange, Vennie Fernandez, Shirley Webster, Pam Lubeck, Debbie Westwater, Diana Giljohann, Olaf Lubeck and Diane Ewing. Back row: Gary…

Silver PB Medal for Mixed Doubles at 5.0 level

  Andrea Molberg SaddleBrooke resident Bob Koerner and his partner Carolyn Stevens, who plays out of Merrill Ranch, Florence, AZ, won silver at the Venture Out tournament in Mesa, AZ, on February 8, 2018. Competing at the 5.0 level, they placed second in mixed doubles in the 50+ age group against 12 teams. Congrats! Bob…

Playing Pickleball indoors – a good neighbor compromise

  Andrea Molberg SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association (SPA) is raising funds for indoor courts, so that all residents of both SaddleBrooke homeowners’ associations have more opportunities to play this extremely popular sport. Indoor courts will allow play during every kind of weather, contain noise and attract new buyers and renters. Many pickleball players moved to AZ…

Bringing home Pickleball medals in Men’s Doubles

  Andrea Molberg This tournament season Brent Carlson has been bringing home medals—two golds, one silver and one bronze—in Men’s Doubles at the 4.5 skill level. The bronze was earned at a combined 5.0/4.5/4.0 level. Partnered with Carl Tietze from Mesa, Brent earned Gold at the seventh annual East Valley Tournament in Mesa on November…

Raising funds for Pickleball fun

  Andrea Molberg and Jim Schlote SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association (SPA) is gathering donations to build additional courts within SaddleBrooke for playing this extremely popular sport. With more than 760 club members, pickleball is the largest club in our community and has clearly outgrown its six courts at Ridgeview built by SPA. SPA needs to immediately…

A meeting with Joel Pritchard, the founder of Pickleball

Andrea Molberg In 1986, SaddleBrooke resident Shelley Seidenverg and her two young daughters met pickleball founder Joel Pritchard on a Puget Sound ferry ride. Her encounter sheds light on both the history and naming of this popular sport. What’s the history of pickleball? The story goes that one Saturday in the summer of 1965, Washington…