Tag: Tennis

SaddleBrooke Tennis

It’s the People Stuart Watkins “It’s the people,” was the response that both Landon Sheat and Karen Simmons gave when asked what they enjoyed most about POP Tennis. Landon said he enjoyed it because it seemed to be less competitive than tennis. Karen also enjoys getting out and said she just enjoys the sport. Landon…

New to POP Tennis?

Stuart Watkins Both Barry and Betty Emmons are new to SaddleBrooke and POP Tennis. This interview reveals a lot about them and about the sport. Barry had played some tennis and racquetball before moving to SaddleBrooke. Betty had never played any sports, although she was a cheerleader in high school, which qualifies as a sport,…

STC’s Welcome Back Social

Debbie McGeehan May 29 was our first post-COVID-19 event on the tennis patio. It certainly was a memorable night when SaddleBrooke Tennis Club (STC) members and their spouses showed off their dancing moves to the music of Chuck Moses. Craig and Benith MacPherson did not waste any time getting on the dance floor when Chuck started…

POP Tennis Update

Stuart Watkins Mike Dunbar, Fran Meckler, Douglas Wolf, Maureen (Mo) Olinsky, Carol Kula, and Stuart Watkins met to discuss the future of POP Tennis in SaddleBrooke and to discuss future programs and concerns. Douglas Wolf, president of the SaddleBrooke Tennis Club, and Fran Mickler, liaison and chair of the POP Tennis committee, led the meeting.…

SDB Tennis Club: Who Keeps Our Tennis Courts Up to Par?

Debbie McGeehan Our tennis club members, along with all SaddleBrooke residents, are fortunate to have some of the best tennis courts in Arizona! Maintaining beautiful amenities is a reflection on our entire community. Unfortunately, one court has been out of service for almost two years and remains locked, and our other four tennis courts at MountainView…

The Desert Gems

Kathy Kortus and Ron Bouchard The Desert Gems 7.0 women’s 65 and older team won the league and will go to sectionals Dec. 3 through 5. Since SaddleBrooke restricted court use to members only, the team was lucky to be able to use the Oro Valley courts as home base. The team played a total of…

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…

SaddleBrooke Tennis

Pop Tennis Shuffle Ginny Wolfe On March 17, when most people drank green beer and ate bangers and mash, 40 SaddleBrooke Tennis Club Poppers played in the St. Patrick’s Day Shuffle. With a mixture of men and women dressed in creative green attire and of various skill levels, the game of Pop Tennis is popping…