Who Brought Home the Pickles???

2018 Picklebowl Challenge & Picnic

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Our own local SW Club team rose to the challenge and defended the St. Cloud Challenge Pickleball Bowl!! The score was a very close 7 to 5 and our brilliant team included Jackie Faegre, Adriana Astbury, Bob Korn, Dennis Gallaher, Tom St. Aubin, Bridget McMullin, Laurie Hynes, Tracy McKibben, Jim Rennich, Beth Burgan, Jeanette June and Bob Campbell. Great job team!

It was another epic duel between two friendly adversaries – the SW Metro Pickleball Club and St. Cloud’s Northern Paddles Pickleball Club! A huge thanks to Northern Paddles for making the trek down to the city on a rather gloomy, rainy day. Players scrambled to find an indoor facility and thankfully Champions Hall was available, where the players battled it out.

The celebration continued at the SW Metro Club picnic by beautiful Lake Riley. The gloom dissipated so chefs Doug and Tom cooked up the burgers and hot dogs and the prestigious Pickle Bowl was awarded to Dennis Gallaher on behalf of the Club. There’s no such thing as too much Pickleball, so fun play continued up at the courts.

The Northern Paddles Pickleball Club will be hosting us in September to try to win back the Pickle Bowl so let a Board Member know if you’d like to play.

Paddles up for the Picnic committee – Dianna St. Aubin, Barb Sharpe and CJ Williams – many thanks!!


Four freshly surfaced and painted new permanent pickleball courts are now ready to play at Pioneer Park behind the Eden Prairie Senior Center, just off Eden Prairie Road and Pioneer Trail, 8940 Sutton Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 .

The courts have been resurfaced to make them harder so the bounce is better. Give them a try and let everyone know.

Four of 39 new courts now open, 35 to go! Have fun!

Pickleball in Bangkok, Thailand!

From club member: DeAnne Elo

Volunteering at a Bangkok English School this past March gave us an opportunity to play pickleball in the heat and humidity of Bangkok! It was over 90 degrees when we played! The minister from Minnesota who started the Santisuk Church and English school was introduced to pickleball when visiting Minnesota a number of years ago and decided to convert their small parking lot to 3 pickleball courts on weekends. Space is a little tight but they make it work! They even had a pickleball tournament this past April and had many teams from India compete.

Click HERE for more information about their school and Pickleball program.

“We are the only place in Thailand developing excellent Thai pickleball players, with many at the 4.0 level or higher”.


One of our primary Club goals is to expand capacity and quality of playing venues. So it’s a great year with 39 new dedicated courts showing great progress in Eden Prairie, Bloomington, Minnetonka, Hopkins, and Golden Valley. Pioneer Park will also get a new overlay and four permanent courts.

Eden Prairie Staring Lake Park: the eight new courts are now paved and fences, net posts and drinking fountain installed, way ahead of schedule! Maybe playable in July?

Bloomington Westwood Park: eight courts are now approved with groundbreaking expected in late June and completion in late Summer. A new tennis court will be lined for four additional temporary courts.

Minnetonka Lone Lake Park: eight dedicated courts are now mostly graded with more earthwork in progress, hoping to be playable later in the Summer.

Hopkins Central Park: five new dedicated courts being graded now and expected to be completed this Summer just off Excelsior Blvd on 16th Avenue South.

Golden Valley Wildwood Park: the asphalt is down for six dedicated courts located at Duluth St and Pennsylvania Ave. With some luck, we should be playing by July 1st.

2018 Schooner Days Tournament Results & Photos

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day. That’s how the song goes, right?

In the case of our Schooner Days event, it was the players going away and coming back another day. That’s right, Mother Nature won the day, with relentless rain showers forcing the final few games to be played indoors, and all Mixed Doubles events to take place the following day. Just to keep things interesting, day two was plagued by strong gusty winds that made for some interesting play!

Click the image below to see more photos from the event:

2018 Schooner Days Tournament

Medal winners from all brackets:

Mens Doubles
Bracket Gold Silver Bronze
Mens Doubles 3.5,3.0 Mike Gerhardt-Boon Tan Keith Erickson-James Anker Thomas St. Aubin-Rick Fabing
Mens Doubles 4.0 Pool A The Menace Gallaher-Scott Schreier Steve Cook-Joe Jensen James Baer-David Duhaime
Mens Doubles 4.0 Pool B Tory Stellick-Champ Ali Joel Rochlin-Bob Pacieznik Eric Wong-William Sullivan
Mens Doubles 5.0,4.5 Jerry Peterson-Brian Astbury J.t. Giebel-George Tomlinson Arun Balakrishna-Andre Espindola
Mixed Doubles
Bracket Gold Silver Bronze
Mixed Doubles 3.5,3.0 – Pool A Sam Hawks-Sam Thompson Ann Leiter-Tracy McKibben Kay Weiss-Jerry Vollmer
Mixed Doubles 3.5,3.0 – Pool B Karen Francis-Blayne Saari Christine Dean-Bob Shutes Karen Steinhoff-Steve Schmitz
Mixed Doubles 3.5,3.0 – Pool C Bridget McMullin-Rick Fabing Joey Wagner-Grant Wagner Bev Greenagel-Gary Cunningham
Mixed Doubles 4.0 Pool A Beth Amlie-The Menace Gallaher Nancy Engasser-Mark Engasser Liz Dubisar-Keith Randklev
Mixed Doubles 4.0 Pool B Sarah Saari-Dan Gregg Taylor Uhl-David Uhl Kren McManus-Kevin Butcher
Womens Doubles
Bracket Gold Silver Bronze
Womens Doubles 3.0 Lori Wolf-Deb Angell Debra Lind-Connie Hauswirth Barb Schreier-Kathleen Kelly
Womens Doubles 3.5 Pool A Taylor Uhl-JoEllen Uhl Liz Dubisar-Kristy Reardan Cindy Orbeck-Sue Standafer
Womens Doubles 3.5 Pool B Bridget McMullin-Dianna St Aubin Tina Rosenquist-Sandy Cashman Abby Wilkinson-Marcia Wilkinson
Womens Doubles 5.0,4.5,4.0 Joey Wagner-Linda Kloeckner Valerie MacLeod-Beth Amlie Sarah Saari-Kren McManus

Full results available at PickleballTournaments.com


EXCITING NEWS: Partnership With Michael Lynne Tennis

SouthWest Metro Pickleball Club is pleased to announce a partnership with Michael Lynne’s Tennis Shop a local premiere Tennis and now Pickleball shop.

While relatively new to Pickleball, Michael and Mimzy Lynne have been in the tennis business for over twenty years. In that time, they’ve learned what customers really want: expert advice, a great selection, and most of all, unmatched customer service. And that is exactly what they are now bringing to Pickleball.

When you visit the store, you won’t find soccer balls, blenders or bicycles. What you’ll find is the region’s biggest selection of Pickleball equipment and apparel in a location staffed by friendly, helpful employees who know and love the game just as much as you do.

Stop by their store at: Miracle Mile Shopping Center 5011 Excelsior Boulevard St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Or visit their website and then head to the store!

Stop by and mention you are from the SW Metro Pickleball Club and welcome Mike and Mimzy to our Pickleball Community!

Ask about their DEMO program. It’s a great way to try before you buy!


Food, fun, friends, family and pickleball! 

Bring your family and join us at Riley Lake Park and courts on JUNE 16 for the SW Metro PICNIC by the lake! 

Date:  June 16
Time:  10am – 2pm
Where:  Riley Lake Park, 9180 Riley Lake Road, Eden Prairie

During the picnic our club will be hosting this year’s SWMetro vs. Northern Paddles (St. Cloud) Pickleball Challenge. Come support your team!

SW Metro Pickleball Club  provides food and soft drinks, so bring a chair(s) and your paddle (for play after the Challenge). There will be yard games for all to enjoy! Let the fun begin!!