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2018 Summer Two-Person Team League Results

2018 Summer Two-Person Team League June 5 – August 7, 2018 
1)   Tall Drink of Water – Joel Sommer and Landry Molimbi
2)   Matza Balls and Fury – Mike Aguilar and Dima Raber
3)   Spinetti – Arturo Zendrera and Adam Mertz
4)   Pips Out – Ludo Garcia and Shawn Jackson
5)   American Indian – Bryna Smith and Suman Narayaran
6)   Sarit and Ryan’s Excellent Adventure – Sarit Roy and Ryan Buzzetti
7)   Double Trouble – Randy Nosrati and David Popescu
8)   Heinz-Denson – William Heinz and John Denson
1)   Hits from the Pong – Brian Kimura and Neil Johnson
2)   E Squared – Evan Williams and Emily Merryman
3)   The Joes – Joe Cuffney and Joe Brunett
4)   Nichie Domie – Keiko Buckendahl and Jan Williams
5)   Inverted Rubber Duckies – Mark Burdon and Jayke Nepalm
6)   J Squared – Jonas Patrikson
7)   Whining Dogs – Dennis Anderson and Erik Piper
8)   Little Mojos – Molly Little and Joe Little
9)   Quietly Judgmental – Coen Brown and Lila Jones
10) French Connection – Harry Chafetz and Alan Peters
11) Redefining Kelvin – Kelvin Michaelis and Chris Freeman
12) Infinite Loopers – Zubin Sur and Stephen King

Say goodbye to Thursdays

The last Thursday at the Melody Ballroom will be August 16, 2018. Due to scheduling conflicts and event set-ups on Thursdays, we will be cancelled from using the Melody Ballroom on this day of the week. We are saddened by this news, but we will continue all of our programs on our other three days of the week, Sundays 10-5 pm, Mondays 3-9 pm, and Tuesdays 3-9 pm.
Here’s the new class schedule:  Please sign up into the appropriate level for your game. However, we realize that this is sometimes very difficult, based on your schedule, and getting into the higher or lower level sometimes unavoidable. 
USA/ATTC ~Ratings                Level                            When                         Next
Rating 0-700*             Beg-Novice (level 1 & 2)       Sun   3-4:30 pm      Sept 16

Rating  700-1000       Novice – Inter  (level 3)         Mon  5:30- pm       Sept  3     

Ratings 1000-1300    Novice – Inter (level 3-4)      Mon 7-8:30 pm      Sept  3
Rating 1300-2000     Int/Adv/Master (level 5-9)   Sun 1:30-3 pm        Sept 16

Ratings 1300-2000   Int/Adv/Master (level 4-9)   Tues 5:30-7 pm      Aug 21

*If you’re not sure of your rating or level, please call, text, or check with Sandy or Jeff at the front desk at the Melody Ballroom.  
We will continue having a  “cool” summer at the Melody Ballroom with five different classes/training sessions, weekly league play, individual and group lessons, and open play and practice on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays.

The Ambridge Table Tennis Club’s 4th Anniversary Party!

Hi Ambridge Table Tennis Club Players,
It’s the Ambridge TTC’s Big 4th Anniversary Party this coming Thursday night, June 14th, 2018 at the BEAUTIFULLY remodeled Melody Ballroom (our new home). It’s also a chance to say thank you to Alan Peters for allowing us to use his great facility for our home TT club.
Please come out and celebrate, play some table tennis, and listen to a live Junior High School Jazz Band. Isaac Zuckerman, our our own Super Star, Silver medalist U1800, US Open 2018, will conduct the Junior High band and will also start the musical set off with his own adult Jazz quartet at 6:00 pm. 
Bring your friends and family to a fun night of happy table tennis play and celebration. For many of us, this is our second home. Show your friends and family your OTHER friends and family, and where you hang out when you’re not with them.   
We’ll have all 13 tables set up for some special table tennis play: Doubles, Round the World, 3-Round, Brazilians, or just some fun practice time listening to some Jazzy music and hitting the ball around.
Party night schedule
5:00 – 9:00 pm     Club opens, practice and fun play
6:00-6:30 pm      Isaac plays with his own Jazz adult quartet!

6:30 – 7:00pm     Isaac Zuckerman’s Junior High School Jazz Band performs

7:00 – 9:00 pm     Fun table tennis activities, games, snacks, drinks, and open practice

9:00 pm               Club closes for the night – Happy 4th Year Anniversary to the Ambridge TTC.

Peace and pong, jeff,and sandy mason, and Alan Peters (owner and manager of the Melody Ballroom and co-founder of the Ambridge TTC)
THANKS to Alan Peters for this fantastic table tennis venue and all of his daily support. 

MAC Summer Camp for Kids July 9-13, 2018

The annual MAC (Multnomah Athletic Club) Summer Camp will be offered again this year on July 9-13 from 9-11 am. This is primarily for MAC kids, but there will be some spots for Ambridge TTC kids as well. If you are interested in signing your kids up for this camp, please contact us asap to get on the reservation/waiting list. Cost for the complete camp is about $100. Jeff Mason, US National Coach, and several coaching assistants will be also helping in the camp as well.

Please contact us for information about the camp at  541.999.0926 for both text or phone call. Or, contact us at: jeffmasontabletennis@gmail.com.


Alan Peters wins Inspirational Award from the MAC


We all know Alan Peters for his fun sense of humor, spinny playing style, and for the fact that he owns and operates the beautiful Melody Ballroom. But his achievements do not stop there– he also is responsible for starting up the table tennis program at our sister club, the MAC. With his passion for the sport, dedication to the MAC, and his upbeat, friendly demeanor it is no wonder that the MAC has awarded Alan Peters with the Inspirational Award. Congratulations Alan!


Isaac Zuckerman wins silver in U1800 Singles at US Open

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We are proud to announce that Isaac Zuckerman has won the silver medal in U1800 singles! Isaac is one of the top players at the Ambridge, and he’s got a fun, positive attitude that makes him a great representative of our club. Congrats Isaac!


Evan Williams and Dean Schultz win bronze in U3200 Doubles Junior Division at US Open

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Evan started at the Ambridge not too long ago, and his progress has skyrocketed! Evan has been getting better and better (and taller!) with each day, and always exhibits an excellent sporting-like attitude with a friendly smile on his face. Way to go Evan!

Dean has been playing table tennis for quite some time now with his father and #1 fan, Jeff Schultz. The two of them recently returned from training in China, with great results. Go Dean!


ATTC Important Updates and Highlights 2017-2018

Most improved players for 2017:
Here are the top 30 most improved players from the Ambridge TTC: Adam Mertz, Nick Mertz, Jan Williams, Evan Williams, Taiji and Shinji Yamakawa, Dima Raber, Arturo Zendredre, Isaac Zuckerman, Winkey Wheeler, Alex Grimaldi, Lila and Sophie Jones, Lyndsey Zendredre, Zach Kenyon, Steve Marcy, Brian Kimura, Cowen Brown, Gabby Karp, Sayantan Sur (Zubin), John Vinh, Jeff Gullish, Liam Neely-Brown, Greg Pederson, Joel Sommer, Ryan Mead, and Xi Xia.

The Stiga Open at the Tualatin Sports Complex, Nov 11 and 12, 2017
Our Ambridge TTC players showed good results from this year’s annual Stiga Open at the Tualatin Sports Complex. Steve Marcy got to the finals in a couple of events and barely lost in the finals. Isaac Zuckerman won the U1700. Brian Yoder was runner-up in the U1700 and made it to the semi-finals in the U1900 event. Joel Sommer defeated at 1850 US rated player and Bryna Smith also chalked up a good win. John Vinh won all of his matches in the U800 event and now has his official rating for the first time. James Therriault, Jeff’s student from the 1980’s lost in the 1/4’s of the Open and got second in the U2300.

The 2017 Charity Doubles Tournament for Portland’s Homeless – November 16.
First Place: Brian Kimura and William Heinz; Second Place: Joe Reeb and Jonathan Gifford; Consolation Event: First Place: Nick Mertz and Sam Lehecka; Second Place: Barry Pinkley and Ryan Mead; Thank you to Mira Scalpone for helping with this major fun, meaningful event.

The 2017 Portland Inter-City Tournament at the MAC, December 2nd

A great tournament at the MAC with over 75 entries on 9 tables. Started at 10 am and completed by 5:30 pm. This was a Round Robin tournament with the qualifiers playing in a final single elimination draw. Big thanks goes to the MAC committee and organizers of the event; Alan Peters, Steve Marcy, Stephen King, Mike Barmache, and Catherine Leedy. Thanks to Romi Jones and Kristen Merryman for the fantastic help at the desk and inputting all of the Ratings Central results (Super!). Tournament Directors: Jeff and Sandy Mason.

Here are the Winners and Runner ups!

U200 D Singles:  1st Sam Lehecka;  2nd Lila Jones:  U500 C Singles: 1st         Brent Wojahn, 2nd Deirdre Froehlich;  U800 B Singles: 1st Ivan Lehecka, 2nd Emily Vander Ploeg;  U1100 A Singles:1st  Sarit Roy, 2nd  Arturo Zendrere;   Open Singles: 1st Isaac Zuckerman, 2nd Landry Molimbi; U1200 Doubles: 1st J Williams/E Williams, 2nd E Vislocky/N Atanasov; Open Doubles: 1st I Zuckerman/M Aguilar; 2nd  L Molimbi/C Mac;  Mixed Doubles:  1st D Schultz/C Zwang, 2nd M Aguilar/B Smith;


The Ambridge Table Tennis Club’s End of the Year Pizza-Movie-TT Party at the Melody Ballroom, December 6, 2017 For family and friends of the Ambridge TTC players. The Party started at 6:30 and went for a couple of hours with TT play during the movie and party time. Over 150 players enjoyed a fun night of pizza, ping pong, and party. See you next year.

The U.S. Open in Las Vegas is Dec 17-22, 2017. Thirteen players  from the Ambridge TTC competed in the U.S. Open Championships in Las Vegas. Jeff coached all 13 players during the four solid days of play. The Ambridge TTC was represented by: Alan Peters, Catherine Leedy, Steve Marcy, John Vinh, Adam Mertz, Nick Mertz, Jan Williams, Evan Williams, Isaac Zuckerman, Dean Schultz, Jeff Schultz, Deirdre Froehlich, Bryna Smith, Sandy Mason, and Jeff Mason,  We won three U.S. Titles/three medals. Evan Williams and Dean Shultz won two Bronze Medals for their semi-final placement in the Junior Under 3200 Event against very stiff competition. Isaac Zuckerman won the Silver Medal in the U1800 Event, Runner up in the U1800 Event, getting close to that Master mark of 2000. Way to go! All of our players gained valuable experience and are now more motivated to improve their games and reach their potential. Jeff was very proud to coach such a great group of players that possess super attitudes.  We don’t want to forget to mention that Steve Marcy defeated the #1 ranked player in the U.S. during one of his better matches. She was 9 years old, but her level was about 1600, at least. At least she didn’t bring her stuffed animal to the table. We’d like to also thank Sandy, Jonah, and Leslie for being there as our support group and rooting section.


Ambridge TT Winter 2-Person Team Leagues starting Jan 16, 2018

 U500 Division C Tuesday                                             Wins/Loses

Janet Allison 16 and Catherine Leedy 192 (The Force Awakens)     0/4

Lila Jones 154 and Sophie Jones 110 (Team Jones)                         3/1

Chris Freeman 168 and Coen Brown 344 (Cool Guys)                       2/2

Miguel Amaro 296 and De’Mel Mojica est 150 (SANTA ANA WINS)   3/1

Ted Fountain est 125 and James Scheidt 130 (Waldo)                       1/3

Sam Lehecka 259 and Nick Mertz 203 (The Medalists)                     3/1

Nicholas Austin est 100 and Dan Eldenkanp est 100 (Golden Gopher)                                                                                                         0/4

Taiji Yamakawa est 150 (328) and Keshav est 150 (The Wolves)     4/0

 Subs: Stephanie Peterka, Jon Irvine, Steven Lang, Zachary Kenyon, Mozhgan Mansuri, Ken Goldman,


 U1200 Division B Tuesday                         Wins/Loses
Steve Merryman 398 and Deirdre Froehlich 317 (The Wall)             2/2

Emily Vislocky 462 and Nick Atanasov 443 (Pingsov and Pongski)   3/1

Steve Lanigan 589 and Jake Lanigan 320 (The Paralysers)              3/1

Molly Little 594 and Joe Little 351 (Little MoJo)                                 0/4

Erik Piper 384 and Dennis Anderson 430 (Whining Dogs)                 2/2

Zubin Sur 236 and Steve King 375 (Engineered for Victory)             1/3

David Weist est 500 and Stefano Cavalluccini est 500 (Go Left)       3/1

Barry Pinkley 394 and Catherine Thomasson est 500 (Wild Card)     2/2
Subs: Vincent Hart, Jayke Naypalm, Michael Ho, Zach, Mozhgan Mansuri, John Vinh,


 U2000 Division A   Thursday                 Wins/Loses

Evan Williams 618 and Emily Merryman 748 (E Squared)           3/0

Jan Williams 584 and Keiko est 600 (Nichiei Domie)                   0/3

Angela Ballard 478 and Tamara Olcott 683 (As Balls Go By)       0/4

William Heinz 798 and Ivan Lehecka 630 (The Winners)           3/1

Joe Brunett 545 and Joe Cuffney 720 (The Joe’s)                       0/4

Randi Nosrati 740 and David Popescu 1080 (Double Trouble #1) 4/0

Brian Kimura 596 and Neil Johnson 527 (Hits from the Pong)       4/0

Clayton Pierce 690 and John Delson 823 (Double Trouble #2)     1/3
Subs: Brian Kimura, Terry, Greg Pedersen, Mozhgan Mansuri,

 Open Division Thursday                                               Wins/Loses

Arturo Zendrere 826 and Adam Mertz 686  (Espinetti)        1/2

Bryna Smith 808 and Joel Sommer 1121 (Wizard’s Sleeve)   1/3

Brian Yoder 1104 and Steve Marcy 858 Spin to Win)              2/2

Dima Raber 667 and Alex Grimaldi 1078 (The Jokers)                4/0

Isaac Zuckerman 1192 and Mike Aguilar1088 (Left Hand, Isaac) 3/1

Majo Ahrens 746 and Wild Card players 845 (Old World Warriors) 0/4

Art Ishii 911 and ?               (Wild Card Team)                               1/0 default

 Subs: Terry, Harry Chavez, Brian Kimura, Art Ishii 911



Alan’s Lunch Time Table Tennis

Alan Peters, owner of the Melody Ballroom, is starting up his Lunch Time Table Tennis on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:30 pm.
You are invited to come by the Melody Ballroom at Lunch time on Tuesdays to practice, do drills, or just play some fun games. Alan invites all Ambridge players for some fun play without any cost.