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The Vermont Senior Games Association’s 2017 Pickleball Championship Tournament was held on Friday June 16th at The Miller Center in Burlington and on Saturday June 17th at the Shelburne Town Tennis Courts. All play in the Tournament was Round Robin format.
The Tournament was forced indoors on Friday due to rain and wind but the play was enthusiastic and vigorous for the Mixed Doubles competition with sixteen teams taking to the courts. See complete scores and results here:results
On Saturday, after a cool and windy start for the Men’s and Women’s Doubles competition, the weather turned hot and increasingly humid for the Singles play. Although there were not as many women competing as men, the competition was intense on all courts.
Huge thanks to Joanne Winter, her husband Rick and their great crew of volunteers led by Corey and Weezie for putting on a terrific tournament. Thanks also to VSGA Board members Betsy Terry, Barb Jordan and Marti Powers who organized refreshments, check-in, and other amenities. Congratulations to all the players! Check out the album of pictures by clicking on the picture below.
We got this email from tennis player Karen Didricksen. I see I missed a silver medal for Michelle Immler in women’s 60+ doubles where she teamed up with Ann Henderson from New Hampshire.
Just a few photos from our time playing tennis down in Alabama. We had a blast and when we returned discovered Vermont was HOTTER than Alabama!
Becky Foulk, my doubles partner and I traveled down via Jet Blue thru Atlanta and rented a car. We got the chance to discover Birmingham.
We visited the Botanical Gardens, Civil Rights Institute and Vulcan Park. We attended one afternoon at the Track and Field games.
Michelle Immler, Ann Henderson (NH) and Valentina & Eugene Demidenko where there too to participate in the tennis events.
Becky and I finished 8th out of 15 teams, I finished 9th in singles out of 20 teams so not bad for our first games. Mid way!
Michelle and Ann did much better and Michelle won the 65 singles and they were 2nd place in 60 doubles. I think Valentine and Eugene were in the semi’s in Mixed doubles,
but did not get a chance to watch. We did however go out to dinner with them after the opening ceremony where we wore our green shirts proudly.
We are looking forward to participating again in 2 years!
thanks for all the organizing,
Final results in other events are slowly being posted. The men’s 85+ racquetball final results are still pending but the details from the tournament show Dudley Bell and his partner Ralph Carito of New Jersey winning both their matches in a three team field so I have a feeling there was a gold medal awarded there. In the singles Bell and Harvey Ottinger of Shelburne both lost in the quarterfinals but should both have top eight finishes.
See more photos on Facebook
In tennis action this morning in Birmingham Heidi Willoughby of Williston lost to Deborah Podoin of New Jersey in the finals 6-4, 6-4 so she will be coming home with the silver medal in women’s 50-54 singles. I believe that wraps up tennis competition for Vermonters at the games.
This evening the 5 km road race was held in downtown Birmingham. Jim Flint was the first Vermont finisher finishing eighth in the men’s 55-59 division in 20:40. Elizabeth McCarthy got the highest division place with a fifth in the women’s 65-69 division in 30:25. Peter Mitchell also picked up a ribbon with a seventh place finish in the men’s 75-79 division for covering the course in 27:21. Tim Hogeboom was 20th in the men’s 65-69 division with a time of 24:49.
No results yet for men’s doubles racquetball where Dudley Bell was scheduled to compete.
The games are winding down. I don’t think there are any more Vermonters competing. Let me know via our Facebook page if I am wrong.
Official results aren’t posted yet, but it appears from the detailed bracket I have been following that Michelle Immler of Brattleboro has defended her title in the women’s 65-69 tennis singles competition and won Vermont’s first medal in tennis at the Games in Birmingham. Immler defeated Jane Stoutland of Pennsylvania in the gold medal game 6-3, 7-6. Heidi Willoughby of Williston will be playing in the women’s 50-54 singles gold medal game tomorrow.
Track and Field competition wrapped up today with Flo Meiler winning her eighth and ninth medals of these games with a gold in the women’s 80-84 triple jump (5.49 m) and a silver in the 200 meter dash (50.00 sec). Also winning medals on the track were Matt Guild who ran 4:33.77 in the men’s 50-54 1500 meter race for silver, and Dudley Bell who jumped 3.13 meters in the men’s 85-89 triple jump for bronze. Bell also finished 6th in the 200 meter dash in 1:04.28. Elizabeth McCarthy threw the javelin 16.88 meters to take 7th in the women’s 65-69 division. Tim Hogeboom also chucked the spear and got 14th in the men’s 65-69 division with a heave of 25.81 meters. Rounding out today’s action on the track for Vermont, Peter Mitchell scored points with an 7th place finish in the men’s 75-79 1500 meter run with a time of 7:25.51.
In Saturday track action that didn’t get reported here, Meiler threw the javelin 11.51 meters to just miss another medal as she finished in the fourth slot; Bell also competed in the javelin finishing 11th with a toss of 11.06 meters; and I failed to report that Peter Mitchell did make it to the track following his 10 km road race in time to compete in the 800 meters where he finished 12th in 3:59.74.
The schedule says Dudley Bell left the track meet to get to racquetball for both singles and doubles competition today but no scores are yet reported. We’ll have an update on that tomorrow.
With results in today for Friday’s 40 km cycling race, Brian Conchieri has picked up Vermont’s first medal in cycling for these games as he finished 3rd in the men’s 60-64 division in the race held at Shelby County High School in Columbiana, Alabama. Conchieri’s time of 1:12:37.815 was just a few seconds faster than Andre Sturm who finished in 1:12:52.260 and was 22 of 31 in the men’s 55-59 division.
At the track today, Flo Meiler has picked up her seventh medal of these games with a bronze in the 100 meter dash which she ran in 19.82 (See video below). Matt Guild ran the men’s 50 -54 800 meter race in 2:10.90 to finish second and pick up some hardware too. That’s me, so for obvious reasons there are no race photos. I did get someone to snap a picture of the medal stand. As of this writing results are still pending for the 80+ javelin competitions. There might be another medal to report there tomorrow.
Flo Meiler's bronze medal run in the 100 meters
At the 10 km road race this morning the Vermont trio of Jim Flint, Peter Mitchell and Elizabeth McCarthy all got on the podium with sixth place finishes. Flint ran 42:44 in the men’s 55-59 division; Mitchell finished in 57:41 in the men’s 75-79 division; and McCarthy running in the women’s 65-69 division got to the finish line in 1:01:59.
At the Celebration of Athletes last night I learned that I had overlooked a near medal in tennis mixed doubles for Eugene and Valentina Demidenko who were competing the the 65-69 division. After losing in the semifinals to the eventual silver medal winner they lost a marathon match in the bronze medal game by a score of 4-6, 6-4, 12-10. Also on the tennis courts, Michelle Immler of Brattleboro has breezed through the quarterfinals and semis in the women’s 65-69 singles with two straight set wins and is going for gold on Sunday. Heidi Willoughby won her quarterfinal match today 6-4, 6-1 and will play in the women’s 50-54 semifinals tomorrow. The women’s 60-64 doubles team of Karen Didricksen and Rebecca Foulk was late to the Celebration of Athletes last night because they were busy winning their opening round match 6-2, 7-6. Didricksen pulled double duty as she also won an opening round singles match yesterday. Unfortunately they bowed out of both tournaments today.
When I got back from the track I stopped by to check out the table tennis action in the Convention Center. Unfortunately I was too late to see the matches for Stephen Shin and John Bolton but I did get to see Bernard Lambek win the only pool play match of the day for Vermont. None were able to make it out of pool play, but Lambek and Bolton will be back in action in doubles tomorrow.
Flo Meiler won her sixth medal of these National Games (and Vermont’s tenth) with a runner-up finish in the women’s 80-84 discus. She threw the platter 16.83 meters to finish second to Madelaine Cazel of Florida who threw an impressive 21.04 meters for gold. I spent most of the day at the track with my camera capturing Flo, Dudley Bell and Peter Mitchell in action (see album below). In addition to the discus medal, Meiler also qualified for tomorrow’s 100 meter final in the second fastest time. Bell finished tenth in the men’s 85-89 discus with a throw if 10.49 meters. Mitchell ran in the men’s 75-79 800 meter qualifying heats and sneaked in as the twelfth qualifier for tomorrow’s final with a time of 3:48.42. He’s also scheduled to run the 10 km road race tomorrow morning. Can he do this tough double?
On my way to the track at Samford University I stopped by their tennis facilities where Heidi Willoughby of Williston was making short work of her first round opponent in the women’s 50-54 tennis singles tournament. Also competing in tennis today was Karen Didricksen of South Strafford who was pulling double duty with a singles match at 12:30 PM and a doubles match with Rebecca Foulk of South Royalton scheduled for 5 PM.
Yesterday’s 20 km cycling results are available online today. I see Brian Conchieri place is going down as the distance goes up as he finished 5th in the men’s 60-64 division. Andre Sturm was 23rd in the men’s 55-59 division. No times were posted.
I didn’t get a chance to take in any basketball today. I did check online for the Vermont Maple’s results and you can find all their scores here.M75-79 basketball
If I missed anything maybe someone will catch up to me at the Celebration of Athletes tonight and give me an update.
A couple of track stars kept the medals rolling in for Vermonters at the National Games Thursday. Flo Meiler ran the women’s 80-84 50 meter dash in 10.06 for silver and Dudley Bell got bronze in the 400 meters in the 85-89 division. Meiler also placed fourth in the shot put with a heave of 6.38 meters. I missed Thomas Hogeboom’s results when picking through yesterday’s results. He long jumped 3.34 meters on Wednesday to finish 22nd of 28 in the men’s 65-69 division. He followed that up today with a high jump of 1.15 meters, good for 18th of 27 in his division.
My plane landed too late to get to the track today with my camera, but I did run into Dudley Bell at the Convention Center where he rushed over after his track adventures to compete in basketball with the USA 85 team made up of players from around the country. I was too late getting to the convention center to see the Vermont Maple men’s 75-79 team play but I did capture a snapshot of their bracket below. Looks like they have at least one more game tomorrow.
I finally tracked down the cycling results from the 5 km time trial held yesterday. Brian Conchieri finished in 8:44.54 to take 7th in the men’s 60-64 race and Andre Sturm took 15th in the men’s 55-59 division with his time of 8:56.90. Now I am waiting to hear how today’s 20 km race turned out.
In Racquetball it looks like Dennis Bergeron and Stephen Hennessey have bowed out of the mixed doubles tournament with a 11-5, 11-6 loss to West Virginia’s Craig Subler and Don Ward. I missed yesterday that they were also taking part in the singles tournament. If I understand the results correctly they both were defeated in the main bracket on Wednesday and then each had a win today in the Red Division before both lost to Douglass Winkelmann of Delaware.
It also appears that Eugene and Valentina Demidenko’s run in the mixed doubles tennis tournament has ended with a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Wendy Hawley of Hawaii and David Hudson of New Jersey.