Nov 5, 2018

Day 2 – Sunday Funday

The participants of the Media Challenge

The participants of the Media Challenge at the 2018 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championship on Sunday Nov. 4, 2018.

Sunday, November 4

With a successful first day of Mix-Doubles play completed, all eyes were on the women today for the Women’s Doubles Skill/Age 4.0/4.5/5.0 (all ages).  Some of the women’s teams really showed off their spirit and enthusiasm for this year’s event with many color-coordinated teams out on the courts. The women this year are also well represented with divisions ranging from 19+ to 80+.  Special recognition goes out to Anna Leigh Waters, who at age 11 is our youngest female competitor today and also to Doris “Big D” Castaneda who is participating this year at 90 years young!

Today, the women collected 60 sets of medals, bringing our total medal count to 387 teams in just 2 days. Top gold medal winners today include:

Catherine Parenteau/Leigh Waters: 19+ 5.0
Katie Dyer/Mary Helen Atkins: 35+ 5.0
Kris Anderson/Bonnie Williams: 50+ 5.0
Yvonne Ting/Clare Grabher: 55+ 5.0
Helle Sparre/Mona Burnett: 60+ 5.0
Yvonne Hackenberg/Hilary Marold: 65-70+ 5.0

The crowd was also very entertained during the special Media Challenge event played on the Margaritaville Championship Court this evening. Local media personalities were partnered up 7 of our top pro players:

  • Brian Ashworth
  •  Joey Faras
  • Peter Hudachko
  • Irina Tereschenko
  •  Kyle Yates
  • Simone Jardim
  • Chris Miller
  • Jim Fitz (CV 104.3, The Ronald McDonald House)
  • Nicole Hayden (The Desert Sun, CALmatters)
  • Francoise Rhodes (Traveling with Francoise, The First Tee Coachella Valley
  • Andrew Krasny (Tennis Channel/ BNP Paribas Open, The Champions Volunteer Foundation)
  • Amy Zimmer (NBC Palm Springs, Concussion Legacy Foundation)
  • Tommy C (98.5 The Bull, American Diabetes Association& The Coachella Valley Horse Rescue)
  • Mike Everett (NBC, Variety of the Desert)

The winner of the media challenge was Andrew Krasny who in turn, announced during his post match interview that his charity (The Champions Volunteer Foundation) would distribute the $3,000 cash prize to the other six charitable organizations. Tonight, everyone was a “winner”!

On Tap for Today:  Monday, Nov. 5

Today will feature Men’s Doubles Skill/Age 4.0/4.5/5.0 (all ages). Competition starts at 8:00 AM.

The Boathouse has coffee and limited food service available starting at 7AM. The Margaritaville License to Chill Bar and Stage kicks off with full food service beginning at 10AM with bar service 11AM – 8PM. For evening entertainment, John Stanley King Band will be performing from 4-7PM in the Margaritaville Shade Pavilion 2.  Players and spectators are encouraged to stop by the Interactive Fun Zone from 8AM-8PM for ping-pong, corn hole, and photo opportunities.

Where to Watch:

The Margaritaville Championship Court Live Cam is a special HD baseline-mounted camera, featuring an onscreen scoreboard and live court audio.  This livestream is available daily from the official Event website.

Each day, you can also check out the USAPA Facebook page at 9AM PST for the MORNING UPDATE with information about special USAPA streaming features including player interviews and livestreaming of great outer court matches.

The professional livestreaming of pro-level matches on the championship court (4 hrs. per day) will be Thu, Nov. 8, Fri, Nov. 9, Sat. Nov. 10 and Sun, Nov. 11.  Again, details and the exact times will be in the announcement soon!

How to Follow:

Everything related to the event including daily updates is posted to the main Event website:

In addition, fans can get updates, photos and videos from the following social media channels:
Event Facebook, USAPA Facebook, Event Instagram, USAPA Instagram

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