Pickleball Winners at Texas Senior Games

Winners at Texas Senior Games

Winners at Texas Senior Games – L to R: Emile Borne, Jane Riffel, Christie Borne

The thrill of the win was experienced by Jane Riffel, and Emile and Christie Borne as they competed in a four day tournament at the Texas Senior Games in San Antonio, Texas April 14-17.

Jane and her partner, Dorinda Williams out-pickled the other opponents and landed the gold medal in 65-69 women’s doubles.  Emile and Roger Workman took the gold in men’s 65-69 doubles.  Christie took gold in 60-64 women’s singles, silver in women’s 60-64 doubles with Carolyn Bagley from Arizona, and bronze with Rick Mendenhall from in 60-64 mixed doubles.

With pickleball players from California, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Arizona, it was tough competition for 193 players throughout the week at Mission Concepcion Park.  Hot Springs Village Pickleball Club was successfully represented!

HSV Pickleballers shine in Tennessee tournament

Diane and Dennis Ramsdell (with backs to the camera) play Mary and Lee Hendrix in the finals of B Mixed Doubles.

Diane and Dennis Ramsdell (with backs to the camera) play Mary and Lee Hendrix in the finals of B Mixed Doubles.

Eleven HSV Pickleball Club members were among 106 total players who descended upon the Bartlett, Tenn. coommunity center to battle for top honors in the second annual Spring Fling Pickleball Tournament April 10 and 11.

Located northeast of Memphis, Bartlett drew entries from Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee.

Competing in all doubles brackets, three Hot Springs Village doubles teams captured first place: Diane Ramsdell and Jane Riffel, Women’s A Doubles; Rick Gautier and David Tappe, Men’s A+ Doubles; and Diane and Dennis Ramsdell, Mixed B Doubles.

Coming in second place were doubles teams Jim McPherson and Lee Hendrix (Memphis), Men’s B+ Doubles; Jane Riffel and Jim McPherson, Mixed B+ Doubles; Larry Davis and his Tennessee partner, Mixed C Doubles.

Third place finishers were: Larry Davis and Dennis Ramsdell, Men’s B+ Doubles; and Bobby Roling and Dan Ellsworth, Men’s A+ Doubles.

Players enjoyed special hospitality from Olive Garden, Subway and Buffalo Wild Wings.

Many local upcoming events are in the works for pickleball activities this spring and the upcoming summer and fall.

Village residents are invited to stop by the DeSoto Family Recreation Center and check out an exploding new sport, a great way to exercise, have fun and meet new friends. Ask anyone who is playing, or consult the active website, hsvpickleball.org.

Explore pickleball at open house

Curious about the game of pickleball? Interested in finding a way to be more active, meet new friends and have fun?

Drop in at the DeSoto Recreation Center pickleball courts, 205 DeSoto Blvd., during HSV Pickleball Club’s free play days and try the exciting game.

Instruction and equipment will be provided, so put on your tennis shoes and come find out what all the buzz is about.

Open house and free play days are:

Friday, May 1 – 3 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 2 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Club Newsletter

Topics in this newsletter:

  1. Gate Combination Locks
  2. Pickleball Wieners
  3. List of 2015 Club Events
  4. Ladder-Leagues

Gate Combination Locks

The combination for the locks has been changed. Members of POA pickleball can request the code here.

Pickleball WienersThe Pickleball Wieners event for HSV Pickleball Club Hotdog Players is scheduled for 1:00-4:00 pm Sunday, March 15. Click here for the flyer or click on the calendar event on the website.

List of 2015 Club Events

A list of club events that have been planned so far is in this PDF file. More information about those events will be announced later. Club membership is required. Ladder-Leagues

The ladder-leagues are set to begin the week of March 9. There is still plenty of room to enter. See the Doubles Ladder page on the website for more information or to contact a ladder captain. There are links to that page in the Activities section of the menu and on the calendar. Click on any calendar event for more information about the event.

Club Newsletter

Topics in this newsletter:

  1. Ladies Events
  2. Tuesday PM Drop-in

Ladies Events at 1:00 pm Monday and Saturday:
The ladies groups would like to remind the gentlemen that these groups are for ladies only. Men are welcome to form a separate group to play at the same time on separate courts.

Tuesday PM Drop-in:
Some players have requested to have a group formed for graduates of the Tuesday Beginner’s Clinic and others of more advanced skill level. It is played on the front 4 courts while the back 4 courts are reserved for the Beginner’s Clinic (beginning March 3 at 3pm). Instructors will be available for the clinic on the back courts. Anyone can play on the front 4 courts at that time.

This might be a small group at times. Therefore signup is requested so that others can see if there will be enough players to make it worthwhile to go to the courts. Sign up or check the number of signups by clicking on the this link. Or you can go to the calendar for March or later, click on the event name, then click on the Event Link button.

If you have signed up and decide to not to go at that time, please cancel so that others will know if there will not be enough players. If you think the weather looks too iffy or you have to wash your cat, remove your name from the list because others might be depending on you to show up.

You can sign up at the site without registering, but registering is recommended to make it easier to sign up for subsequent weeks or to cancel.