Arkansas Pickleballers Win At Mid-South Regional Championships




left to right: Roland LaChance, Krystel Hines, Bobby Roling, Winnie Montgomery, Jim McPherson, and Christie Borne

Sixteen Arkansas pickleball players medaled at the six-state Mid-South Regional Championships consisting of Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma, held May 27-29 in Monroe LA.  Players from Hot Springs Village, Hot Springs, Little Rock, Russellville and Rogers traveled home with four gold, 10 silver, and seven bronze medals in singles, women’s doubles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles.

A few locals, one from Hot Springs and two from Russellville took time out from their pickleball play to pose for a group photo.  Winners, listed by city affiliation, are as follows:

Hot Springs Village; Christie Borne, Jane Riffel, Winnie Montgomery, and Jim McPherson

Hot Springs; Bobby Roling

Little Rock; John Goss, Alphonso Montgomery, Charles Pittman and Obray Nunnley

Russellville; Kristel Hines, Tim Clifford, Jerry Terrell, Roland LaChance and Dan Ellsworth

Rogers; Pat and John Lively

All of the winners are part of the advanced closed group that plays regularly at the Village Church of Christ, by invitation only.  The advanced players represent Arkansas in major tournaments throughout the United States. Many athletes are attracted to Pickleball as an alternative sport because it can be played at a very high and intense level of competition, or it can be a leisurely social affair offering a fun way to exercise.  Horse racing fans may remember John Lively as a very popular and successful jockey at Oaklawn and other horse racing parks in several states.  Bobby Roling is a former Arkansas open tennis champion.

Hot Springs Village boasts of a large player base with many programs and informational services, courtesy of the local HSV Pickleball Club, including clinics and private lessons, and scheduled times of play designed to encourage everyone from beginner to the most accomplished tournament player.

For information regarding Pickleball, scheduled times of play, or how to get started in Pickleball, go to the local web site,  To investigate pickleball throughout the United States and to see instructional videos and watch top players around the US, go to

Jim & Sandy McPherson  

Pickleball courts, outdoor pool location identified

A new location for 12 pickleball courts and a new outdoor pool has been identified, said lifestyle and community development director Stephanie Heffer at the July 13 meeting of the Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association recreation committee.

Heffer was not yet able to add details because acquisition of the property is not yet final. As it stands now, the plans are for 12 lighted courts, some of which will be under cover, seating, a walkway, pool, and a building to be used as a “gathering place” for parties and the like. More at…

HSV Pickleball Players Shine At Mid-South Regional

Thirteen players represented Hot Springs Village Pickleball at the Mid-South Regional Pickleball Tournament in Monroe LA the weekend of May 29-31, bringing home a total of 15 medals. Approximately 230 pickleball enthusiasts from the Mid-South Region, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, and augmented by contestants from all over the United States, such as California and Florida, played continuously throughout the three-day event in all levels of Men’s and Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles, and Singles. Continue reading →

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,