The MoCo (Montgomery County) Pickleball Club hosted their MoCo Fall Tournament Oct. 13 and 14. Fifty-five players came from around Illinois and even some from as far as Evansville, IN, to compete in the seven events held.
In addition to being hosted by the MoCo Pickleball Club, sponsors of the tournament included 100% Pickled, Selkirk Sport, Pickleball Central and LMD Solar.
The purpose of the tournament, aside from playing a lot of pickleball, was a fundraiser for court renovations. Multiple times a week, players from around Montgomery County meet up to play at different locations in Litchfield and Hillsboro.
Unfortunately, weather, vandals and just general wear and tear have left the courts in need of some repair. The combination of registration, donations and raffles drew in $1,820 to contribute to the project. The goal is to continue providing players with quality places to play.
All brackets were held as round robin followed by playoffs for the top four teams. Saturday was dedicated to mixed doubles, in which three events were held: Intermediate 14+, Intermediate 50+ and Advanced. Due to the slightly chilly temperature and standing water on the outdoor courts, games were moved indoors to the Farmersville Gym.
With the weather a little warmer on Sunday, things moved outdoors. Six pickleball courts were placed on the tennis courts at Davis Park in Litchfield. The men kicked off the day with an advanced and an intermediate bracket. They finished around 1 p.m., which meant it was time for the women to start playing. These brackets were divided into 19+ and 50+ divisions.
To learn more, search MoCo Pickleball on Facebook. Winners of this year's tournament are below.
MoCo Fall Tournament
Hosted By MoCo Pickleball Club
October 13 at Farmersville
Intermediate 50+: Gold - Susie Hoffman/Wes Green; Silver - Rick and Joni Simms; Bronze - Ron and Brenda Keeter
Intermediate 14+: Gold - Leann Hittmeier/Mark Mathews; Silver - Steph Zimmerman/Bret Hitchings; Bronze Kathy Cragoe/Pavel Slepicka
Advanced: Gold - Shelley Tischkau/Chuck Clark; Silver - Joan Latshaw/Rod Robbins; Bronze - Kayla Crawford/Will Adkins
October 14 at Litchfield
Intermediate: Gold - James Bleavins/Jeff Pritts; Silver - Evan Duff/Kevin Guinn; Bronze - Kendall Crawford/Bret Hitchings
Advanced: Gold - Greg Piland/Steve Friedman; Silver - Chuck Clark/Dave Latshaw; Bronze - Rod Robbins/Mike Cavanaugh
Womens 50+: Gold - Kathy Cragoe/Kathy Reimer; Silver - Joni Simms/Janet Hirst; Bronze - Bev Kowalcze/Kara Price
Womens 19+: Gold - Diane Burge/Jamie Burge; Silver - MC Braner/Gena Burgess; Bronze - Mary Werries/Molly Page