Short Hills, NJ
The 1st annual Holiday Classic was an instant hit! Twenty-four teams of women took time out from the season's chores to play a morning of paddle and have lunch. Group winners were Sherry Zabel and Cindy Lewis, Theresa Hellmuth and Gina Patterson and Patrice Shapiro and Jen Nielsen. After morning play at other clubs, the players came to lunch at Short Hills Club, where they mingled with those playing the Women's 50+ National Championships. See some photosWomen's 50+ draw (Congrats Bobo & Judy!)
The Real Paddle Players of New Jersey were out in force this week! The New Jersey Women's Platform Tennis League sponsored the annual Women's State Tournament, which featured 112 teams competeing at four levels. Following two days of play, these winners were crowned: Championship Level - Kerri Delmonico and Jill Feher; "A" Level - Cathy Ackerman and Clarissa O'Hern; "B" Level - Pam Baione and Kristen Schmidt and "C" Level - Karen Proscia and Kara Toohey.
Short Hills , NJ
Saturday's 128 teams and beautiful weather was winnowed down to 20 teams and heavy rains and wind. The Main Draw seminfinals have been re-scheduled for Monday, December 27 at 6:00 PM at Canoe Brook Country Club. Backdraw semis and finals will be played at various times.
South Orange, NJ
Although the cold weather forced most spectators indoors, the competition heated up in the afternoon during the NJ Men's State Championships. Mike O'Donnell and Steve Griggs (pictured) braved the cold to become the inaugural winners of the Men's 120+ (combined) division, beating top seeds Scott Estes and Lloyd Ucko 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. Others champs were Mike Palmer and Ivan Harlow in the 50+ division and Steve DeRose and Jon Lubow in the Open division. Draws and Photos
New Jersey Women
The New Jersey Women's Platform Tennis League sponsored State Tournament hit new highs this year - a record 124 entries, more first-timers, more fun, great favors, food and prizes! And perfect weather! Bobo Delaney & Andrea Noyes claimed the Championship level crown; MT O'Neill & Kiffy Jacaruso the "A" title; Susan Alexander & Karen Kirby the "B", Julia DeSantis & Beth Dombroski the "C" and Patty Perry & Julie Kimmel won in the Novice flight. With full backdraws played in all five levels, there were plenty of prizes being handed out! Prizes came from PaddleTennisSports.com, which also set up a boutique area during the event and is donating a portion of each sale to the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame.
Bigger and better! The New Jersey Women's Platform Tennis League State Tournament expanded to accommodate 112 teams this year, and crowned winners at 4 different levels. Congratulations to Champions Joanne O'Shaughnessy & Judy Takach, Molli Dowd & Victoria Nebel, Barbara Duff & Mary Helen Roche and Susan Massengill & Donna Miller.
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