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College 101

Summit, NJ
Many junior players go off to college and don't find time for paddle. In an effort to "bring them back" a group of pros is offering College 101 paddle events at holiday times. On January 4, Mike Gillespie and Patty Hogan will host a College 101 event at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, NJ. All players (or potential players) 17 and older are invited to attend this fun, free afternoon event. Contact Mike or Patty for more info, or just show up at Canoe Brook between 2:00 and 4:00 that day.

For more info about what's going on in Junior Paddle, visit aptajuniorvikingtour.blogspot.com

Kids Kickoff the Paddle Season
Juniors on the Court

Summit, NJ
Another season is here and several dedicated teaching pros have volunteered their time to get kids pumped for play by offering two hours of drills and thrills and tricks and treats. Hosted by Drew Broderick and the Canoe Brook Country Club, this free event will run from 2:00 - 4:00 pm on Sunday, October 26. All junior players - from beginner to advanced levels - who are at least 8 years old are invited to attend. Patty Hogan, Mike Gillespie, Ana Brzova and other local teaching pros will be joining in the fun. If your junior paddle player would like to participate, or if you have questions about the event, please contact Patty Hogan at pattyhogan8@gmail.com. (Note: Plan to be there by 1:45 PM, and no jeans, please!)

Mixed Masters
Mixed Masters

Bethlehem, PA
It rained and it rained and it rained...it was only 3 days, not 40, but we think that the fact that the film "Noah" was opening this weekend must have had something to do with the weather for the Mixed Masters held at Saucon Valley Country Club! On Friday, the 60+ Mixed Nationals featured 8 teams and a lot of fun while dodging raindrops. Gold medalists Diane Straus Tucker & Scott Estes already have an impressive array of medals, and added another at the expense of Connie Jones & Ken Persson. Saturday was the day for the 50+ Mixed Nationals, and as the weather got sloppier the play got more intense. In the end, sister-brother duo Laurie Hissey & Tim McAvoy repeated as champs, defeating Bobo Delaney & Mike Gillespie. Sunday's Husband-Wife 50+ tournament featured 16 teams who travelled from as far as Massachusetts and Ohio to compete for the gold. For the third day in a row we had #1 vs #2 in the finals, with Heather & Vince Prop defeating Cynthia & Ken Dardis for the crown.

View the complete draws: 50+ Mixed     60+ Mixed     50+ Husband-Wife     Photos

National Championships
Scott and Lloyd

Pelham, NY
The final APTA National Championships - Men's 50s, 60s and 70s - were played at the New York Athletic Club March 22-24. Even though new players become eligible each year, making it difficult to hold onto a title, this year the champions were all familiar. In the 60 & Over group, Scott Estes and Lloyd Ucko (pictured) repeated as champs; Mike Gillespie and Ron Erskine retained their 50 & Over title; and 2-time defending champ Mike Hanna paired with Jim Bishop to claim the 70 & Over crown.
Complete draws: Men's 50+     Men's 60+     Men's 70+

Mixed Champions
Laurie Hissey & Tim McAvoy

Bethlehem, PA
The final APTA Mixed Champions for the season were crowned yesterday at Saucon Valley Country Club, with the sister-brother duo of Laurie Hissey & Tim McAvoy defeating high school tennis teammates Andrea Noyes & Mike Gillespie in "perfect paddle weather" - wet, snowy conditions - by the score of 6-4, 6-2 to claim the 50+ Mixed gold medals. Diane Tucker & Rusty Wright claimed 3rd place over Sue & Pete Pijawka and Sally & Mark Allen claimed 5th over Abigail Burke and Paul Wishnoff, a team they had lost to in the first round!
View the complete draw

Fabulous Fifties
Erskine and Gillespie

Scarsdale, NY
The Senior Men's Championships wrapped up on Sunday with Ron Erskine and Mike Gillespie topping 2010 Champs Tim McAvoy and Scott Bondurant in 3 entertaining sets. The final score was 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. This concluded 4 days of "senior" play in Westchester County.

Men's 60+ Draw    Men's 50+ Draw     Men's 70+ Draw

Ousted Champs
Men's 45+ finalists

Chatham, NJ
New champions were crowned in the Men's 45+ Nationals when John Milbank and Mike (Gumby) Atkinson combined to topple defending champs Mike Gillespie and Bob Conklin by the score of 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.  Other winners include: Consolation - Tim Mangan and Mark Fischl; Last Chance - Tim Evnin and Chris Gilroy and Reprieve - John Shehadi and Ed Gartner.     View the complete draw     See some photos

Lehigh Valley Classic
Vlatko and Scott

Allentown, PA
Congratulations Scott Falatek and Vlatko Najdek! You're going to the Dominican Republic! With their victory in today's Lehigh Valley Classic over Juan Arraya and Mike Gillespie, Vlatko and Scott are invited to spend a week at Chip Morrow's villa in the Dominican. The tournament was blessed with numerous 3-setters, many roller coaster matches, beautiful weather and tremendous play. Other winners are: Consolation - Bill Horne and Jeff Schrager over Michael Montalbano and Terry Doran; Reprieve - Tommy Crocker and Alex Hume over Marco Grangeiro and Guga Goncalves; Last Chance - Andrew Tomsen and Eric Niessen over Bob Chiumento and Scott Bassett and Quarterfinal Reprieve - George Wilkinson and Sebastian Bredberg over Scott Kahler and Matt Riva. View the Complete Draw     Photos

Iron Matt Mixed Paddle
Iron Matt

Franklin Lakes, NJ
The platform tennis community loves a good cause...and what could be a better cause than "helping children win the race against brain tumors"? The Iron Matt Mixed Paddle tournament (Iron Maddle) was back for a second year with a full draw, perfect weather, good friends, good paddle, good music, great cause! At the close of day, Ana Brzova and Anthony Cosimano prevailed over Kelly Van Calcar and Mike Gillespie to claim the crown. The winner was the Matthew Larson Foundation and all of the children and families who will be affected by their generosity.   See some photos

Senior Men's Nationals
Men's 65+ finalists

Chatham, NJ
The weather cooperated for a change and the Senior Men's APTA Nationals went off without a hitch! Beginning with Men's 65+ play on Friday, the tournament continued in beautiful winter weather on Saturday. The 65+ final saw Steve Griggs and Mike O'Donnell repeat as champs, ousting tournament director Scott Estes and Danny Galves, visiting from Georgia. Finals of both the Men's 45+ and 55+ are scheduled for Sunday at 10:00 AM at Centercourt Club in Chatham. The 45s will feature defending gold medalists Rob Pierce and Leo Power versus Bob Conklin and Mike Gillespie. The 55s pit the #3 and #4 seeds Scott Pecor & Mike Sullivan and Tim Mangan & John McMillin against each other. View the complete draws here.

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