The MoCo Pickleball Club hosted the 2019 MoCo Summer Classic Pickleball Tournament June 8-9 at the Hillsboro Sports Complex. Tournament directors were Will Adkins and Kayla Crawford.
Seventy-two players from six different states gathered to compete, tripling the number of players in last year’s tournament. Of the 72 competitors, ten belong to the MoCo Club.
Tournament sponsors included Selkirk Sport (raffle items and banners), PickleballCentral.com (swag bags and balls), Pickleball Rocks (first server bands), LMD Solar (tape and supplies), Webb Insurance (medals) and 100% Pickled (raffles).
The weekend kicked off with a clinic hosted by Kat Smalley, an IPTPA level II Certified Instructor and Illinois’s first and only 5.0 rated female player. Participants learned fundamentals in dinking, strategy and communication.
Seven pickleball courts were taped and set up on top of the tennis courts. All brackets were run in the round robin format with the top four teams moving on to playoffs.
After a quick rain delay to start the day on Saturday, the men’s and women’s doubles events began play. Early afternoon brought another short shower, but courts where quickly dried and play resumed.
Saturday brackets included men’s doubles at the 4.5 and 3.5/4.0 (combined) levels. Women’s doubles included 4.5, 3.5 and 3.0 levels. The most exciting part about the women’s event was that last year’s tournament had no women’s teams. This year, it was the biggest division at the tournament.
Sunday’s weather was much less windy, making for better play for mixed doubles, although there was a short rain delay during the final event medal matches of the day. Skill levels ranged from 3.5 to 4.0 to 4.5 in mixed.
Between donations, raffles, and registration fees, about $2,000 was raised for the MoCo Pickleball Club. The primary project the club is working on is the court renovations at Hillsboro Central Park. Hopefully, next year’s tournament will be held on those new courts.
MoCo Summer Classic
at Hillsboro Sports Complex
June 8 Medalists
Men’s 4.5 Division
Gold: James Tapley - John Readinger
Silver: Dylan Helton - The Wildebeast Wildin
Bronze: Steven Burgess - Brant Mangrum
Men’s 3.5/4.0 Division
Gold: Terry Waggoner - Tom Lockman
Silver: Todd Arseneaux - Bt Moore
Bronze: Paul Carlton - Rick Simms
Women’s 4.5 Division
Gold: Julie Edmonds - Tara Mata
Silver: Kayla Crawford - Marcie Fosdick
Bronze: Brittany Hammond - Danelle Readinger
Women’s 3.5 Division
Gold: Cindy Ostrander - Lisa McDonald
Silver: Diane Burge - Jamie Burge
Bronze: Joni Simms - Janet Hirst
Women’s 3.0 Division
Gold: LaDonna Waggoner - Becky McKinley
Silver: Megan Kindernay - Jamie Murray
June 9 Medalists
Mixed 4.5 Division
Gold: Brittany Hammond - James Tapley
Silver: Danelle Readinger - John Readinger
Bronze: Tara Mata - Dylan Helton
Mixed 4.0 Division
Gold: Marcie Fosdick - Butch Fosdick
Silver: Gena Burgess - Brant Mangrum
Bronze: Susie Hoffman - Cobra Green
Mixed 3.5 Division
Gold: Janet Hirst - Paul Carlton
Silver: Kathy Reimer - Tim Hickmann
Bronze: Cindy Ostrander - Bob Biarkis