Tag: Pickleball

Michael Hovan and Shirley Hovan Make Donations Sponsoring the Ramada

Raymond H. Goettsch With great appreciation, SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association Inc. (SPA) announces that Michael Hovan and Shirley Hovan have made substantial donations for the privilege of sponsoring the Ramada at the new Ridgeview pickleball courts. Michael is a retired anesthesiologist from Akron, Ohio, and Shirley is a retired language arts teacher for middle school and…

Relishing Pickleball: The Real Pickleball Story

David Zapatka Many people believe pickleball was named after founder Joel Pritchard’s dog who was named Pickles. Not true! Joel Pritchard’s son, Frank, recently came clean about the real reason the sport was named pickleball. It was a hot July afternoon on Bainbridge Island, Wash., in 1965 and 13-year-old Frank Pritchard was bored. He whined…

Relishing Pickleball: The Dink

David Zapatka Continuing our study of Pickleball Fundamentals: Master the basics and compete with confidence by Mary Littlewood, “to properly execute a dink, stand just behind the non-volley zone line in a good ready position—well balanced, with your body weight over your feet and the knees slightly bent. Hold the paddle in front of your…

Fun-Loving Felines Take on the Pickleball Challenge

Carly and Charly Never ones to rest on our laurels (whatever those are), we were ready to take on a new, fast-paced feline adventure: Pickleball. After learning to play tennis, we thought—why not? This fourth book in The Adventures of Carly and Charly series takes us out on the pickleball courts in style and with lots of…

Scott N. Sheftel, M.D., and HealthySkin Dermatology Sponsor a Pickleball Court

Raymond H. Goettsch With great appreciation, SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association, Inc. (SPA), announces that Scott N. Sheftel, M.D., FAAD, and HealthySkin Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology (H/S Dermatology) have made a generous donation to assist in the expansion of pickleball at SaddleBrooke. After graduation from Medical University of Ohio, Dr. Sheftel completed residencies in internal medicine at…

Ed Robson Donates $200,000 for New Pickleball Courts

Raymond H. Goettsch With great gratitude, SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association Inc. (SPA) has announced that Ed Robson has made a most generous donation of $200,000 to assist in the expansion of pickleball at SaddleBrooke. Mr. Robson previously donated the upper parking lot adjacent to the Ridgeview courts to SaddleBrooke TWO for SPA members’ use for vehicle…

SPA Plans Use of Eight New Courts

Raymond H. Goettsch The board of directors of the SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association (SPA) met on March 16. Gary Stevens reported that a court allocation committee has been established to create court schedules for the forthcoming 14 pickleball courts at the Ridgeview location. The committee’s goal is to maximize the use of the courts by SPA…

Relishing Pickleball

David Zapatka The Volley Continuing our study of Pickleball Fundamentals Master the basics and compete with confidence by Mary Littlewood, “A volley is a shot hit in the air before the ball bounces. It is used as a return of a ball that travels close to the top of the net and that is usually hit…