Tag: pickleball

Pancho Epstein Pickleball Club Championship Medalists

2020-21 PebbleCreek Pickleball Club board members (left to right): Judy Parker, Wade Johnson, Melodie Boyer, Jim Barbe, and Robin Weaver

Cynthia Schwartz The 2020-21 PebbleCreek Pickleball Club board organized and hosted the Pancho Epstein PebbleCreek Pickleball Club Championship. More than 130 doubles teams competed over three days for medals in skill level brackets. Wade Johnson, tournament chairman, was assisted by other board members and a team of club member volunteers. Thanks go out to the…

Pickleball Club Celebrates the Life of Pancho Epstein

Cynthia Schwartz Pancho Epstein was one of the founders and a dear member of the PebbleCreek Pickleball Club. In April, the club celebrated his life by hosting the 2020-21 Pancho Epstein PebbleCreek Pickleball Club Championship. Pancho is remembered for his enduring, endearing, irreverent, comical, positive, and always entertaining contributions to pickleball in PebbleCreek. Bob Chester, PebbleCreek Pickleball…

Pickleball Club Elects 2021-22 Board

Seated (left to right): Jeff Antrican and Nancy Popenhagen; Standing: Sharon Hadley, Kathryn Villeneuve, and Tony Wells

Cynthia Schwartz The PebbleCreek Pickleball Club members elected the club board for the 2021-22 season. Officer terms are one year and will begin May 1. The new board is: President Nancy Popenhagen, Vice President Jeff Antrican, Secretary Kathryn Villeneuve, Treasurer Sharon Hadley, and Officer-at-Large Tony Wells. Nancy Popenhagen commented, “Most people know that pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the…

Pickleball Club Volunteer/Player of the Month: Theresa Carter

Theresa Carter

Cynthia Schwartz Theresa Carter is the PebbleCreek Player/Volunteer of the Month. Theresa started her racquet sports career early when she became the ping pong champion in elementary school for two years. Theresa said, “I had an advantage because I was left-handed. My opponents were confused. This advantage has carried through when I learned to play…

Pickleball Players Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Steve Urbin (right) giving a tour to a prospective PebbleCreek home buyer and pickleball player.

Cynthia Schwartz Pickleball players in PebbleCreek celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on the courts. Players wore emerald green shirts, hats, socks, fun necklaces, earrings, bowties, and shoelaces. Heard on the courts: * We’re always looking for a holiday to celebrate on the pickleball courts. * Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’ Day. * Some players blended into…

PebbleCreek Women Make Impact in New Pickleball League

Chris Stelplugh and Ellen Enright Four teams of PebbleCreek women players have been representing our community and making an impact in the Arizona Pickleball Players League (APPL) since early January 2021. APPL was formed in 2019 to develop and introduce competitive team-based league pickleball to Arizona. Last year, 95 teams consisting of over 1,100 players participated…

Pickleball Club Volunteer/Player of the Month: Pam Cagle

Cynthia Schwartz Pam Cagle is the PebbleCreek Pickleball Club Volunteer/Player of the Month. While Pam is new to PebbleCreek and the club, she is not new to volunteering and helping others. Reflecting back on her childhood, Pam commented, “In grade school there was a girl who didn’t have shoes or clothes that fit her. Most…