Tag: pickleball

Relishing Pickleball: Slicing the Ball

David Zapatka Slicing serve returns and dinks are favorite shots of mine. A slice puts backspin on the ball. The slice makes the ball travel from 6 o’clock to 12 o’clock back toward the player who contacted the ball. These shots can be hit with a forehand or a backhand. A slice is effective for these reasons.…

High Desert Dinkers

Debora Witten The 3.0 women’s Arizona Pickleball Players League (APPL) High Desert Dinkers team includes: Anne Kraul, Stacey Raaf, Kara Petersen, Karen Derdzinske, Lynn Kehoe, Brenda Wright (captain), Deb Wieczorek, Ann Cooper, Suzie Stults, Ruth Zoccoli, Cherry Pentony (co-captain), Dorothy Rupp, and Marthalee Galeota. Not pictured: Trish Minard, Debbie McGrady, Deena Mastracci, and Jodi Walker-Lowe.

Meet the Pickle Pack

Debora Witten Pickle Pack is a 3.5 Arizona Pickleball Players League (APPL) women’s team. Members pictured are Madoka Knight, Laura Renaud, Ginny Wise, Deb Wieczorek, Lynn Kehoe, Kim Stover, Carol Rau, Lyn Olson (co-captain), and Debora Witten (captain). Absent from the photo are members KC Lewis and Jodi Mazakian.

What Is Pickleball?

Come join the fun and find out! Learn about pickleball on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 3 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early at the Ramada for paperwork. Space is limited to 28 people, so visit our website at www.sbrpickleball.club to register, then click on “Click to reserve a space” below the flyer sign. What you’ll need…

What Is Pickleball?

Come join the fun and find out! Learn about pickleball on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 3 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early at the Ramada for paperwork. Space is limited to 28 people, so visit our website at www.sbrpickleball.club to register, then click on “Click to reserve a space” below the flyer sign. What you’ll need for…

Relishing Pickleball: Pickleball Comes to U.S. Universities

David Zapatka Pickleball continues to grow in popularity around the country. It’s now making its way into U.S. universities. The leading example of this is my friend, Jarrod Smith, coach of Drury University’s men’s and women’s tennis teams, and in 2024, coach of Drury’s co-ed pickleball team in Springfield, Mo. In August, Drury announced the…

Pickle-Licious Jingle Jam Pickleball Tournament

Some of the Ranch Pickleballers competed in the first annual Pickle-Licious Jingle Jam held at Dove Mountain Gallery Sports Club. The tournament was a fundraiser to provide needed medical equipment to local residents. Patrick Fancher and Hobie Richards took first place in the 3.0 men’s mixed age category and Hobie Richards and Lisa Richards took…

Can’t Drill?

Debora Witten Kara Petersen rents the pickleball machine when she is unable to drill with her pickleball friends. Set the speed and direction, and the pickleball machine almost makes it appear as if you are playing singles in pickleball.