Category: Sports

Pop Tennis Turns Strangers into Friends

The pop tennis group celebrates Burt Turner's 91st birthday. Front row: Greg Hlushko, Steve Bell, Burt Turner, Molly Gilbertson, and Sharon Hoff; back row: Bob Hoffman, Kris Hoffman, Linda McAllen, Mike McAllen, Betty Emmons, Jeanette Watkins, Cheryl Sornson, Mary Hlushko, Carol Kula, and Bob Hoff; not pictured: Paulette Kasperski (Photo by Paulette Kasperski)

Paulette Kasperski Last January through March, SaddleBrooke residents, Fran Meckler and Carol Kula of the SaddleBrooke Tennis Club, arranged drop-in sessions of pop tennis on Sunday afternoons. Many people showed up to play for the first time—some as total beginners and others as former tennis and pickleball players. When the drop-in sessions ended, Stuart Watkins…

Summer Is Coming

Marilu Trainor Whether it’s your first summer in Arizona or you are a seasoned veteran, it’s important to prepare for living (and surviving) in our desert climate. Although summer 2021 in the Northern Hemisphere will begin on June 20 and end on Sept. 22, the hotter weather arrives early in Arizona. It’s time to get…

Beat the Heat

National Weather Service Meteorologist Sean Benedict (Source: NOAA's National Weather Service)

Marilu Trainor Multiple organizations including the National Weather Service, Arizona Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control have posted some important summer heat tips on their sites to help you keep your cool this summer. Why are Older Adults More Vulnerable? The CDC states older adults, those aged 65 and older, are particularly…

Softball Managers Balance Winning With Fun

Tim Ward managed his team to a first place finish in the SaddleBrooke Senior Softball Competitive League.

Terry Hurley Tim Ward is full of positive energy as he manages his SaddleBrooke senior softball team in their final game of the winter season last month. He shouts advice and encouragement from his outfield position, the third-base coaching box, and the dugout. “Hit that Longo sign in right center field,” he says to one of…

SBWGA-18: Member/Member—It’s a Winner!

Venetia Hobson Lewis Back when the Food Network started up, I hankered for every show on it—Ace of Cakes, Alton Brown’s Good Eats, and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Going along with Guy Fieri to small cafes that served enormous and calorie-laden dishes just hit the spot. Many times Fieri would repeat the phrase “Winner, Winner,…

Trap Skeet Competition

Top women shooters: second place, Lori Klug, Quail Creek, 42; first place, Judy Tenbroeck, Sun Lakes, 65; and third place, Vicki Ray, PebbleCreek, 42

Frank Nance On March 12, the Robson communities held their annual trap skeet competition at the Casa Grande Trap and Skeet Club. The 2020 shoot was cancelled because of COVID-19. Sun Lakes won the 2021 shoot with a score of 346. PebbleCreek was second with a score of 331. Robson Ranch finished third with a…

SaddleBrooke Lady Niners Enjoy Fun Golf Games

These bunnies are past president, Edie Crall, and president, Kat Danner.

Wanda Ross The SaddleBrooke Lady Niners have fun golf games that add much to our enjoyment of golf. Every Tuesday morning, we golf in friendly nine-hole games at one of the three SaddleBrooke golf courses. We also have competitive tournaments, but our fun games are more creative and light-hearted and result in more laughter. Our…

Founding Member of MPLN Is Moving

Gerri Burnside

Eileen J. Snearly and Gerri Burnside After almost 30 years of teaching German and humanities, Gerri and her husband, Robert, decided to retire. Their younger son and family live in Chandler, and since Gerri grew up with mountains in Austria, Tucson was the place they chose. They moved to SaddleBrooke in January 2000. Gerri began…

Hole In One

Mark Kunnen with his ball that found the cup on number 6 at the Preserve.

Mark Kunnen Masters Hole Number 6 at the Preserve Alan Doan While playing at the Preserve on April 6, Mark Kunnen thought he’d lost his ball on hole number 6. He and Brian Gallup were looking for it in the desert at the top of the steep slope to the left of the green. While…