Team Squaw wins in Utah picklball |

Team Squaw wins in Utah picklball

Photo courtesy Larry Nielsen

The Huntsman World Senior Games took place in St. George, Utah Oct. 2-7, showcasing 10,000 senior athletes 50 years plus. Seven countries competed in 25 sports, track and field, cycling, swimming, golf and tennis, to name a few.

Pickleball had the largest increase in competitors with 30 new players for a total of more than 260and#8230;one day there were 170 matches played.

Team Squaw

Thirteen players, who regularly play at the Squaw Valley parking lot courts, garnered 20 medals, three gold, eight silver and nine bronze. A great accomplishment for Picklers used to playing on an uneven asphalt parking lot surface without fencing.

Local residents included Nancy Bartusch (bronze), Jean Sproehnle (silver), Mary Wright (gold and bronze), Ulla Burgess (bronze), and John Sproehnle (gold and two bronze).

Pickleball, a sport for all ages, was played on a national level with the first ever Pickleball National in Buckeye, Ariz. Nov. 2-8. Local John Sproehnle and Arizona partner Norm Davis grabbed the silver medal in mensand#8217; doubles age 75 plus.

In 2011 Pickleball will be introduced as a demonstration sport to the National Senior Games in Houston, Texas. As in the Olympics, one must qualify in state games to compete.

Check out pickleball out next spring. Spend 15 minutes and youand#8217;ll learn and#8220;Americaand#8217;s Fastest Growing New Sport.and#8221; Paddles and balls supplied. Visit

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