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. Party will start at 6:30 and go for a couple of hours with TT play during the movie and party time.
The U.S. Open in Las Vegas is Dec 17-22, 2017. About 15 players from the Ambridge are planning to go and Jeff will be coaching. Alan Peters, Catherine Leedy, Steve Marcy, John Vinh, Adam Mertz, Nick Mertz, Jan Williams, Evan Williams, Isaac Zuckerman, Brian Yoder, Dean Schultz, Jeff Schultz, Deirdre Froehlich, Bryna Smith, Sandy Mason, and Jeff Mason,