Local Players Win Big at USAPA National Tournament

Long time Eden Prairie resident Jackie Faegre and local doubles partner Carol Lindow won Gold Medals at the USAPA National Pickleball tournament  played at Robson Ranch and Palm Creek in Elroy,  and Casa Grande, Arizona, November 8th-16th. Jackie and local legend Jerry Peterson also won Gold Medals in singles. The SW Metro was well represented at the tournament with Rachael Kroog and Pam Cechenni also winning medals. Congratulations on outstanding performances!

Jerry Peterson Nationals 15

Picklebowl Challenge held September 19th

On Saturday, September 19, the most recent edition of the Northern Paddles/SW Metro Pickleball Club Picklebowl Challenge was held at the beautiful new outdoor courts at Calvary Hill in St Cloud.
It was great competition with a tie score after the first session, and a tie score after the second session. The rules of the game state that the Picklebowl Cup stays with the current holder in case of a tie. So the result is that SW Metro has the Picklebowl Cup until the next competition.
It was a great result on a beautiful Fall day, and was followed by a nice spread of food and more companionship. The next Challenge will be in Eden Prairie, Summer, 2016.
Many thanks to Northern Paddles for their great hospitality


2015 Miracle-Ear Tournament Results


213 players from10 different states played in 26 brackets of mens, womens and mixed partner doubles pickleball, all while dodging the rain drops. Many thanks to all the volunteers! A  great tournament and great time was had by all with 156 Gold, Silver and Bronze medals awarded.
The full list of medal winners is below:

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Presentation to Eden Prairie Parks & Rec Commission

At 7:00pm on August 3rd, 2015, representatives from the Southwest Metro Pickleball Club will be speaking before the Eden Prairie Parks & Rec Commission to update them on the status of pickleball since the last report in 2010. Discussion will also include requests for additional venues for play as well as repairs to current venues.
The meeting will be held in the council chambers at the Eden Prairie City Hall at 8080 Mitchell Road. Please attend to show support for the club (board members will be conducting the presentation).

Miracle-Ear Pickleball Tournament Deadline – Sign-up by July 30!

Don’t miss it!  Register now for Minnesota’s nationally-sanctioned USAPA Miracle Ear Pickleball Tournament coming up just days away on August 7th and 8th.  The tournament will be played on 18 refurbished, like-new courts at Dred Scott Fields in Bloomington, MN, with more than 200 players expected to compete.

NEW and BEGINNING PLAYERS are especially welcome as we need more of you. We can also help you find partners if needed. No stress, just sign up and HAVEFUN!

The Miracle Ear Tournament will include men’s, women’s and mixed doubles and is open to all skill levels from 2.5 to 5.0. New this year will be brackets for age 19+, 35+ and separate five-year increment age brackets for ages from 50+ to 70+. Cost of the tournament is $30 for the first event and $5 for a second event with $5 discounts available for USAPA members and Southwest Metro Pickleball Club members.

The Miracle Ear Tournament is a USAPA Tier 3 Sanctioned Event and this year’s tournament will be bigger and better than ever with new courts, improved court-management software, super-funky new player shirts, a larger lunch and a great “meet and greet” party Thursday night, August 6, at Poor Richard’s Restaurant in Bloomington, MN, including great door prizes for attendees. A new, custom Paddletek Element paddle will also be available to purchase at thetournament.

The year’s tournament is also focused on providing more trained and incentivised refs who will be rewarded with a very good chance to win one of three custom Paddletek Element paddles valued at $65.

Register for the Miracle Ear Tournament by going to swmetropickleball.org  for a registration form or by simply going online to pickleballtournaments.com to register and pay.